Dec. 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Lauren Cheney became the first women's soccer player in UCLA history to be named a finalist for college soccer's most prestigious honor on Friday, as she was named one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy. The other two finalists for the award, which is given annually to the national player of the year, are Ashlee Pistorius of Texas A&M and Mami Yamaguchi of Florida State.
Cheney, a sophomore from Indianapolis, Ind., led UCLA to its fifth straight NCAA College Cup in 2007. She ended the season ranked second nationally in points per game (2.48) and third nationally in goals per game (1.0). She was named the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year after leading the conference in points (57), goals (23) and game-winning goals (9). She also ranked second overall in assists (11). Cheney's 57 points and 23 goals on the year were both single-season school records.
"I'm obviously extremely happy for Lauren because it's a wonderful honor to be named a finalist for this award," said UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis. "She's a tremendous player who has had an exceptional year so I think it is fitting that she is being recognized in this manner. It's a reflection of the type of season she has had."
The three players will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 11, for a news conference, where the winner of the award will be revealed. The announcement will be carried live on ESPNews (7 p.m. EST). A banquet at the Club that evening will feature the formal presentation of the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy.