November 23, 2012
TOP WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER
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Thirty-seven of the nation's top women's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2012 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the women's college player of the year.
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The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to four local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within each site's coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country. Nine additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting will begin on Thursday, November 15 and continue until December 15, and will be conducted on Big Apple Soccer ( www.bigapplesoccer.com), Chicagoland Soccer News ( www.chicagolandsoccernews.com), LA Soccer News ( www.lasoccernews.com), New England Soccer News ( www.newenglandsoccernews.com), Philly Soccer News ( www.phillysoccernews.com) and Dallas Soccer News. ( www.dallassoccernews.com)
Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the Soccer News Net editorial staff.
The winner of the popular vote will receive the Soccer News Net Supporter's Choice Award.
BIG APPLE SOCCER
Chrystal Dunn, Jr., F, North Carolina
Rockville Centre, NY (South Side HS/Albertson Fury 91)
Chrystal Dunn, a defender from Rockville Centre, N.Y., is the only player in ACC history to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors twice. After returning to Chapel Hill from helping the United States to the 2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup gold medal, Dunn started the next 11 games and helped the Tar Heel defense to three shutouts, all in ACC action, and a 0.71 goals against average.
Jonelle Filigno, R-Jr., F, Rutgers
Mississauga, Ont. (St. Marcellinus Secondary School/Dixie Saints)
Jonelle Filigno is the first Scarlet Knight to be named to the All- Big East First Team since 2009. A three-time Big East Player of the Week, Filigno ranked first in the league in game-winning goals (seven), second in points (33) and goals (14) through the regular season. In the NCAA, the 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist sits third in game winners, ninth in goals and 18th in points. In the Rutgers record book, Filigno ranks fourth in single season points, fifth in goals and first in game winners. For her career, the forward currently sits third in game-winning scores, fifth in goals (24) and eighth in points (58).
Leah Galton, Fr., F/M, Hofstra
Harrogate, England (St. John Fishers School/Leeds United Ladies FC)
Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year and all-conference First Team selection Leah Galton was one of the CAA's top offensive threats in her first collegiate season. The Harrogate, England native led the Pride and ranked second in the CAA in goals (11) and points (26) during the regular season. Eight of her goals came in conference play, including multiple-goal performances against Georgia State, Delaware and Northeastern. Galton, who is the first Hofstra player to receive Rookie of the Year honors since Edel Malone in 2005, was also selected to the All-CAA rookie squad and the conference All-Tournament Team.
Sa'sha Kershaw, Sr., M, Stony Brook
Baltimore, Md. (Loch Raven HS/Freestate Shooters)
Stony Brook senior midfielder Sa'sha Kershaw was named First Team All-America East after starting every game for the Seawolves and leading the team with 1,710 minutes played in 2012. The Baltimore, Md. native had five goals and 12 points during the regular season and netted game-winners against Manhattan and Lehigh in September. Kershaw also converted a critical second-half penalty kick against UMBC on Oct. 14 to help the Seawolves earn a point in a 1-1 draw on the road. Kershaw also was named the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player and named to the All-Tournament team. She had a goal and an assist in the tournament and played outstanding midfield defense as the Seawolves took the conference crown.
CHICAGOLAND SOCCER NEWS
Vanessa DiBernardo, Jr., M, Illinois
Naperville, Ill. (Waubonsie Valley HS/America's Soccer Club)
Illinois junior Vanessa DiBernardo was named First Team All-Big Ten for the third straight season after leading the Illini in goals (8) and assists (19). DiBernardo joined the Illini when conference play started on Sept. 16 against Iowa. The junior also was part of the the U-20 U.S. Women's National Team as they won the gold medal in the U-20 World Cup in Japan, and did not return to collegiate play until September 16. Since rejoining the squad, she won two Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards and two Chicagoland Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week awards after scoring a game-winning hat-trick against Michigan State and recording five points on two goals and an assist in the team's first ever win in Ann Arbor vs. No. 24 Michigan.
Aly Miller, Sr., D. Marquette
Mequon, Wis (Homestead/FC Milwaukee
The big East Conference's Defensive Payer of the Year or the second straight year, Miller anchored MU's backline that has given up just three goals to conference opponents all season. The Golden Eagles allow just 0.67 goals per game and leads the league with 13 shutouts this season.
Cari Roccaro, Fr., F/M/D, Notre Dame
East Islip, NY (East Islip HS/Albertson SC)
Roccaro was tabbed the Big East Rookie of the Year, as well as First Team All-Big East and Big East All-Rookie Team honoree, after totaling 11 points, including five goals in just 11 games. In Big East action, she had three goals in nine league games. Roccaro made an impact over the past 11 games after joining the Irish in mid-September upon completion of her duties playing at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup tournament in Japan. The versatile freshman played every position on the field except goalkeeper this season, and was the first Notre Dame freshman since 2008 to score a goal in the Big East tournament, netting the game-winner in a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Syracuse on October 28.
Rachel Tejada, So., F, Illinois State
Troy, Ill. (Triad HS/Scott Gallagher-Metro)
Rachel Tejada avoided the classic sophomore slump, winning her second straight MVC Player of the Year award. Tallying 15 goals and 38 total points, Tejada was far and away the leading scorer in the Valley this season. She helped lead the Redbirds to the No. 2 seed and had a goal and two assists as the RedBirds won their second straight conference championship.
DALLAS SOCCER NEWS
Janine Beckie, Fr., F, Texas Tech
Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS/REAL U-16)
The Big 12 Rookie of the Year, Beckie led the league in shots (106) and led all freshmen with a team-high 11 regular season goals. She also was named to the All-Big 12 First Team and was a unanimous selection to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. She also was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team after scoring the game-winning goal in the Red Raiders' 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Kansas, her fifth game-winning goal of the season.
Jordan Day, So., GK, Texas A&M
Gilbert, Ariz. (Basha HS/Sereno Soccer)
Jordan Day was named First Team All-SEC after leading the league with a 0.49 goals-against average, 11 shutouts and a .877 save percentage. Earlier this season, she set the league record with seven consecutive shutouts. In league action, Day owns a 0.53 goals-against average, a .883 save percentage and seven shutouts. She earned her 12th shutout in the Aggies' 1-0 overtime win over South Carolina in the conference quarterfinals, leaving her tied for fourth on the SEC single-season list.
Dana Larsen, Sr., F, Baylor
Mequon, Wisc. (Homestead HS/FC Milwaukee)
Dana Larsen led the Bears in points (23), goals (9), assists (5) and shots (70), and was named Second Team All-Big 12. Larsen scored one goal and set up four others as the Bears roared to their first-ever Big 12 championship. In Baylor's 3-0 conference quarterfinal win over Oklahoma State, Larsen had a goal and two assists within the first 16 minutes to help the Bears to their first win at the Big 12 Championship since 2000 and first win over the Cowgirls since 2001. She finished the tournament with one goal and four assists, and was named the event's Offensive MVP.
Abby Smith, Fr., GK, Texas
Plano, Texas (Plano West HS/Dallas Texans 94 Red)
Abby Smith was named Second Team All-Big 12 and to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team after posting five regular-season shutouts, the second-most by a rookie in program history. The Plano, Texas, product, who missed the early part of the Longhorns' season while with the gold medal-winning U.S. U-20 World Cup Team, posted a 0.76 goals against average and 30 saves during the regular season. She was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after blanking Oklahoma State on Oct. 5 and was tabbed as the league's Sept. 25 newcomer of the week following consecutive shutouts over Iowa State and Oklahoma. She posted her sixth clean sheet with a 2-0 conference quarterfinal win over the Sooners on Oct. 31, and did not allow a goal until the penalty-kick shootout in the Longhorns' 2OT semifinal loss to TCU.
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Daphne Corboz, So., M, Georgetown
Greenbrook, NJ (Watchung Hills HS/PDA Tsunami)
Daphne Corboz earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors after totaling league highs of 27 points and 12 goals in conference action. The sophomore recorded at least one point in six league games. Corboz tallied a conference-record 11 points in an 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30. She had a school-record five goals in the victory. Overall, Corboz has totaled 39 points, including 16 goals.
Elizabeth Hoerner, Jr., GK, Navy
Lititz, Pa. (Manheim Township HS/Penn Legacy)
Elizabeth Hoerner was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, and earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors after posting a 16-1-1 record entering the League tournament with a 1.07 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage. She's posted four clean sheets this season, and combined on three others.
Caroline Miller, Sr., F, Virginia
Rockville, Md. (Walter Johnson H.S./ McLean Freedom)
Caroline Miller was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year. She led the league with 23 points in ACC games on a conference-best 10 goals and three assists, while starting in all 10 games. For the season, Miller had 32 points on 14 goals and four assists. Miller also was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team and had a goal and an assist in the Cavaliers' 4-0 win over Maryland in the championship game.
Christine Nairn, Sr., M, Penn State
Arnold, Md (Archbishop Spalding/Free State Shooters)
Christine Nairn reeled in Big Ten Midfielder of the Year honors after leading the Nittany Lions in points (35), goals (13), shots (71) and assists (9) this season. The senior was third in the conference in assists and assists per game (0.47) in all games.
LA SOCCER NEWS
Zakiya Bywaters, Sr., F/M, UCLA
Las Vegas, Nev. (Rancho HS/Southern California Blues)
Las Vegas native Zakiya Bywaters is the sixth Bruin to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year. The senior closed out the 2012 regular season as the conference leader in points (30), goals (13), and game-winning goals (5) and anchored an offensive unit that ranked in the top two in the Conference in every major statistical category. Twice, Bywaters was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, and she was honored once as LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week. Bywaters is a three-time all conference performer and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2009. She has started 84 of 88 games for the Bruins, tallying 63 career points (21 goals, 21 assists).
Anisa Guajardo, Sr., M/F, Pepperdine
Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan HS/Arizona Rush)
An All-West Coast Conference First Team selection, Anisa Guajardo completed the 2012 regular season ranked among the top-10 program leaders in both career goals (27/3rd) and points (68/5th). A member of the Mexican National Team, Guajardo is a three-year starter for the Waves and shared the team lead with 10 goals this season to go along with eight assists for a team-high 28 points.
Nadia Link, Sr., F, Long Beach State
Walnut, Calif. (Walnut HS)
Nadia Link was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year. Link (Walnut, Calif.) closed out the regular season leading the conference in shots (78), assists (9) and points (25). She also tied for third with eight goals. Link registered at least one point in eight games this year and had her first career hat trick in a 3-2 overtime win against North Texas.
NEW ENGLAND SOCCER NEWS
Kristen Mewis, Sr., F, Boston College
Hanson, Mass. (Whitman-Hanson/Scorpion SC)
Kristen Mewis was named to All-ACC first team for the third consecutive season. The midfielder from Hanson, MA, led the Eagles and ACC in scoring with regular season 37 points. She was third in the ACC in goals scored (13) and tied for first in assists (11). Mewis notched a goal or assist in 13 games this season. She became the all-time leading scorer in BC women's soccer history when she tallied her first career hat trick against Harvard on Sept. 15. A three-time Hermann Trophy candidate, Mewis currently has 36 goals, 37 assists for 109 career points.
Jessica Morrow, Sr., D, Boston University
Andover, Mass. (Andover HS/Aztec SC, Greater Boston Bolts, MPS Renegades)
Morrow continued the tradition of great Boston University defenders, becoming the sixth straight Terrier to be named America East Defensive Player of the Year. The center of the Boston U. defense, Morrow was key in helping the Terriers lead the conference with a 0.49 goals-against average in AE play, posting five shutouts in eight games. The senior, who also earned an All-Conference First Team nod, contributed on the offensive end, dishing out five assists to rank fourth in the conference and tie for first on the team.
Amelia Pereira, Sr., F/M, Hartford
Madeira Island, Portugal (Escola da APEL, Odivelas FC)
Pereira, a senior forward, was named America East Conference Striker of the Year. Also a unanimous All-Conference First Team selection, Pereira led the America East in goals (12) and points (30). The 12 goals tie her for 21st in the country, while her five game-winning goals are the most in the America East and the eighth-most in the nation. Pereira was a two-time America East Player of the Week selection and was also voted the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year. She is now a three-time All-Conference First Team selection.
Danielle Schulmann, Sr., F, Connecticut
Saddle River, NJ (Northern Highlands High/Arsenal World Class)
Schulmann was named All-Big East First Team after leading the Huskies through the regular season with 27 points on ten goals and seven assists. She was third in the conference in points (27), points per game (1.50) and goals (10), and was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week, Soccer News Net National Player of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week after racking up seven points on three goals and an assist in the Huskies win over CCSU on September 9.
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS
Maya Hayes, Jr., F, Penn State
West Orange, NJ (Newark Academy/Montclair Aristocrats)
Hayes earned Big Ten Conference Forward of the Year accolades for the second consecutive year. The junior tied for the conference lead in goals per game (1.00) and was tied for sixth in goals (12) after missing seven games while playing on the gold medal-winning U.S. U-20 Women's National Team in the U-20 World Cup.
Jen Hoy, Sr., F, Princeton
Sellersville, Pa. (Germantown Academy/FC Bucks Vipers)
Jen Hoy is the Tigers first Ivy League Player of the Year since Diana Matheson earned the award in 2007. Hoy ranks seventh in the nation in goals (17) and 10th in points (38), and leads the League in both categories. Through Nov. 14, she had the second-highest single-season goals total in Princeton history, trailing only Esmeralda Negron's 20 in 2004. Hoy was unanimously voted first-team All-Ivy, the third-straight season in which she has earned All-Ivy accolades and the second-consecutive year she was named to the First Team.
Courtney Niemiec, So., M/D, La Salle
Philadelphia, Pa. (Little Flower HS/FC Delco Sting)
Courtney Niemiec, a junior defender from Philadelphia, Pa., anchored a defense that ranked second in A]10 play with a 0.53 goals against average and shut out opposing teams eight times, five of them in conference play. As a captain and one of three Explorers to start every game, Niemiec also contributed to the offense with three goals and four assists this season.
Colleen Williams, Sr., F, Dayton
Titusville, NJ (Hopewell Valley Senior/FC Bucks Vipers)
Coleen Williams, a Titusville, N.J. native and two]time Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, led the Atlantic 10 in eight offensive categories, including shots (131), goals (17), assists (12) and points (46) through the regular season. The senior Flyer also led the NCAA in points per game (2.56) and was second in total points (46) and assists. A top-10 candidate for the Senior CLASS award, Williams has made the A]10 All]Academic team two times and was named the 2011 A]10 Championship Most Outstanding Player. The league's 2010 Offensive Player of the Year has led the A]10 in scoring three of her four years at Dayton.
Tiffany Cameron, Sr., F, Ohio State
Mississauga, Ont. (St. Joseph's HS/Erin Mills)
Tiffany Cameron was named First Team All-Big Ten after finishing the regular season second in the conference and tied for fourth nationally with 18 goals. The senior, who leads the Big Ten and is tied for first nationally with eight game-winners, set new Ohio State single-season and career goals records in 2012, now tallying 37 for her career. Cameron sits second in the Big Ten and holds an Ohio State single-season record with 41 points and has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.
Charlyn Corral, Jr., F, Louisville
Mexico City, Mexico (Technologico de Monterrey)
Charlyn Corral was named Big East Midfielder of the Year after she tallied 19 points, including eight goals in conference play. The junior had 52 shots in 11 league games, more than any other Big East player, and a point in seven of 11 conference games. Overall she amassed a team-high 23 points, including eight goals and seven assists. The junior earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 22. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Corral is an athletic forward with extensive international experience playing for the Mexican National team. She was a member of Mexican National team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, seeing action in one match.
Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, Sr, D, BYU
Park City, Utah (Park City HS/Black Diamond)
One of the West Coast Conference's toughest defenders, Cutshall is the first BYU student-athlete to be recognized as WCC Player of the Year. After tying Santa Clara in the conference opener, the Cougars reeled off seven straight WCC wins to capture the conference championship for the first time in school history. Cutshall anchored a Cougars defense that allowed just four goals during conference play.
Haley Kopmeyer, RS Sr., GK, Michigan
Troy, Mich. (Lahser H.S./Michigan Hawks)
Haley Kopmeyer took home Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year honors after leading the conference in shutouts (9) this season, including six in conference play. The senior also ranked second in goals-against average (0.66) and save percentage (.854) in all games.
Christabel Oduro, Jr., F/M, Memphis
Brampton, Ont. (St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School/Dixie Gladiators)
Christabel Oduro finished the C]USA regular season with a league]best 34 points and 13 goals and was named the Conference's Offensive Player of the Year. Three of her 13 goals were game winners, with two in league play. She was also the top scorer in conference play with eight goals and six assists.
Ifeoma Onumonu, Fr., F, California
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos HS/Arsenal)
Ifeoma Onumonu was a force for California this season from the get-go, pacing the Bears and leading all Pac-12 freshmen in goals (11), assists (5), and points (30). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native ranked second in the Conference in goals and points and tied for sixth in assists per game (0.26). Onumonu was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in early October after a weekend in which she notched three goals and an assist in a pair of wins over Colorado and Utah.
Rachel Quon, Sr. D, Stanford
Lake Forest, Ill. (Lake Forest HS/Eclipse Select)
Rachel Quon earned her third All-Pac 12 First Team selection this season, and fourth all-conference honor. The senior defender also received consideration for Player of the Year. Quon has two goals - both winners - and seven assists this year. Her 79th minute left-footed shot beat UCLA, 2-1, in a match between the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country.
Erika Tymrak, Sr., M/F, Florida
Bradenton, Fla. (Edison Academic Center/IMG Academy)
Erika Tymrak is the first Florida player to earn SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors since the honor was split between offensive and defensive players in 2005. The Bradenton, Fla., native led the Gators with 17 points this season, scoring five goals and dishing out seven assists.
Taylor Uhl, So., F, Minnesota
Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie HS)
Taylor Uhl was named to the All-Big Ten First Team after leading the conference in goals, goals per game, points, and points per game through the regular season. She also ranked second in shots and third in assists. In total, Uhl collected 21 goals and nine assists on the season, finishing only two points shy of Jennifer Walek's single-season record of 53 points. Adding her 21 goals this year to her 15 as a freshman, she already ranks fifth on Minnesota's all-time leaderboard with 36 career goals.
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