Adams Named Top Young Female by U.S. Soccer

Dec. 27, 2006

Los Angeles - UCLA's Danesha Adams received one of the highest honors for a female soccer player on Tuesday, as the Bruin junior was named U.S. Soccer's Young Female Athlete of the Year for 2006, becoming the first Bruin player to win the award.

Adams was a standout for both the U-20 and U-21 Women's National Teams in 2006, and also earned her first cap for the senior Women's National Team against Chinese Taipei. The blazing forward was the leading scorer for the U-21s in 2006, scoring nine goals, including a team-leading five at the 2006 Nordic Cup which included a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Norway that sent the USA to the title game. Adams did her best work, however, at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship, where she won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third most valuable player and was named to the FIFA All-Star Team.

Adams ranked second at UCLA in scoring this season with 28 points (12g, 4a). She helped the Bruins advance to their fourth-straight NCAA College Cup.

In addition to Adams, three other athletes were honored by U.S. Soccer on Tuesday, as defender Oguchi Onyewu took home the men's player of the year award, forward Kristine Lilly won the women's award, and U-20 standout Josmer Altidore was the youth winner on the men's side.

Complete U.S. Soccer Release with full list of awards

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Aug 12
vs. Missouri
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Aug 21
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
L, 0 - 1
Sunday, Aug 23
at San Diego
San Diego, CA
W, 1 - 0 (2OT)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Wisconsin
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Friday, Sep 04
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Sep 06
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 2
Friday, Sep 11
at Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC
W, 2 - 1
Sunday, Sep 13
at North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
L, 1 - 3
Thursday, Sep 17
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Friday, Sep 25
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 1 - 0
Thursday, Oct 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 1 - 2
Sunday, Oct 04
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 2 - 4
Friday, Oct 09
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Oct 11 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Oct 29 - 3:30 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 3:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Sunday, Nov 22 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Third Round
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Quarterfinals
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC
Sunday, Dec 06 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA College Cup ...
Cary, NC