Dec. 28, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA's Lauren Cheney picked up another national player of the year award on Friday, as the Bruin sophomore was named the nation's top player in 2007 by Soccer Buzz Magazine. It marks the second such honor for Cheney this season, as she was also named Soccer America's National Player of the Year earlier this month. She is also a finalist for both the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and the Honda Award, two other national honors which will be announced in early January.
Cheney, a forward from Indianapolis, Ind., led UCLA to its fifth straight Pac-10 title in 2007, as the Bruins' season culminated in a trip to the NCAA College Cup in College Station, Texas. The Pac-10 Player of the Year, Cheney is the fourth sophomore to earn top player honors from Soccer Buzz and the first Bruin or Pac-10 athlete to ever do so. Her 23 goals and 11 assists placed her among the top three nationally in scoring, as she led UCLA to a No. 1 ranking for much of 2007. After claiming the Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year honor last season, Cheney is now the fourth player to follow the rookie distinction with a national player award during her college career (Anne Makinen, Notre Dame; Lindsay Tarpley, North Carolina; and Christine Sinclair, Portland). Florida State's Mami Yamaguchi finished second in balloting followed by Ashlee Pistorius of Texas A&M. Cheney is the twelfth winner of Player of the Year from Soccer Buzz and follows last year's recipient, Yael Averbuch of North Carolina.
Four other Bruins were recently honored by Soccer Buzz, as Christina DiMartino (2nd Team) and Danesha Adams (3rd Team) earned All-America honors. Kylie Wright and Lauren Barnes were named to the all-freshman team.
To view the complete Soccer Buzz All-America Team, click HERE