Press, Noyola named to All-American first team in soccer


The Stanford women's soccer team received some good news before it took the field for the NCAA College Cup semifinals on Friday, that Christen Press and Teresa Noyola were each named first-team All-Americans.

Also receiving recognition was teammate Courtney Verloo, who earned third-team honors from the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association.

For Press, a senior forward, this is her first first-team honor, and it's the second for Noyola, a junior midfielder. Verloo, a sophomore who converted from forward to central defense this year, earned All-America recognition for the first time.

No other school in the country has more than two All-Americans among the four 11-player teams.

Press, a second-team All-America last season, leads the nation in scoring with a school-record-tying 26 goals. She has a chance to exceed that total tonight (Friday) when Stanford (22-0-2) plays Boston College in the NCAA College Cup semifinals at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Noyola, a Palo Alto High product, was a first-team All-American as a freshman in 2008. This year, she's set collegiate career bests in goals (10) and assists (12) from her attacking midfielder position.

Verloo had never played central defense at any level until Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe auditioned her at the position during fall training to fill a need following the graduation of Alicia Jenkins.

Verloo, who started eight matches at forward last season, embraced the role and has been a key figure in Stanford's success.

With the addition of Press, Stanford now has 10 first-team NSCAA All-Americans in its history. And with the addition of Verloo, Stanford now has five All-Americans on its roster, including sophomore midfielder Mariah Nogueira (third team, 2009) and junior forward Lindsay Taylor (first team, 2008).

-- Dave Kiefer/Stanford Sports Information

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