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Stanford grad O'Hara honored by San Jose Sports Hall of Fame as top amateur athlete

 

Stanford graduate Kelley O'Hara, the 2009 Hermann Trophy winner as college soccer's best player, was named as the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame's Amateur Athlete of the Year for her play with the Cardinal last season.

O'Hara, who will be playing for FC Gold Pride in Sunday's Women's Professional Soccer championship final at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, led the Cardinal to its first NCAA championship final, shattered school records, and led the nation in scoring.

She then stepped off the Stanford campus and onto the U.S. National Team, having earned her first cap in March.

O'Hara scored 26 goals and had 13 assists and 65 points to lead the nation in goals and points. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Soccer America's National Player of the Year, in addition to becoming Stanford's first Hermann Trophy winner.

Thanks largely to O'Hara's play, Stanford went on to a school-best 25-1 record, before becoming the No. 3 pick in the WPS draft.

O'Hara will be honored on Nov. 16 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, along with the five inductees -- Palo Alto High grads and 1984 Olympic wrestling gold medalists Dave and Mark Schultz, former San Jose Sharks' goalie Arturs Irbe, Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner, and Keri Sanchez, who played soccer at Santa Teresa High and North Carolina.

O'Hara's award was for the top women's amateur athlete (usually a collegian) in Santa Clara County for 2009.

To purchase a table or individual tickets, call (408) 288-2936 or visit www.sjsa.org.

-- Stanford Sports Information

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