Soccer America names Stanford's Christen Press its National Player of the Year


Stanford senior forward Christen Press was named Soccer America's Women's Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Press became the second straight Cardinal to win the award, following Kelley O'Hara last year.

Press came out of O'Hara's shadow, leading the nation in goals (26), points (60) and scoring 10 game-winning goals. She also broke Stanford career records in goals (71), assists (41), and points (183).

"It was great experience playing with Kelley," said Press. "I learned so much from her. And we definitely had a great connection. This year, we've been attacking as a team a lot more and we have people coming from all positions and all angles. Rachel Quon comes up the outside, Teresa Noyola sneaks up the middle, so it's opened up a lot of opportunities for all of our team to put balls in the back of the net."

Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said Press's influence extended to beyond the playing field.

"Christen has emerged as a fantastic leader," he said. "Everyone talks about what a talented player she is, but for me, her leadership skills have been tremendous this year. She really cares about everyone on the team, she works so hard in training, and she's an example for all the younger players. She has really emerged as a great leader and that's been a big part of our success."

The honor was the third time for a Stanford player, as Soccer America named Julie Foudy the Player of the Year in 1991.

Press also is one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, which will be awarded on Jan. 7.

Press was the only Stanford player named to the Soccer America MVPs first team. However, teammate Teresa Noyola, a junior midfielder, was named to the second team. Noyola had collegiate bests of 10 goals and 12 assists for 32 points.

Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver, who made a number of spectacular saves in the NCAA final, was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team. Oliver had a 0.31 goals-against average and 10 shutouts.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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