Three Trojans Selected To Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 25, 2008
As the 2008 season gets underway, a trio of Trojans are lined up as possible recipients of collegiate soccer's highest honor. The Missouri Athletic Club annually awards the Hermann Trophy to the top player in the nation, and recently has named 47 athletes to the Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2008. Olympic gold-medalist Amy Rodriguez is joined by fellow USC senior Ashley Nick and Trojan junior Kristin Olsen as candidates for the award. Aside from USC, only two other schools are represented by three players on the Watch List.
Nick, Olsen and Rodriguez all accumulated top honors in 2007 in helping the Women of Troy win their first-ever NCAA Championship. Olsen - named a 2007 MVP by Soccer America - has also been named a Preseason All-American by Soccer America. She is joined as a First Team Preseason All-American selection by Rodriguez. All three Trojans already have been named NSCAA All-Americans while at Troy, and the trio combines as powerful representatives from their respective positions on the field. It is the first Hermann Trophy Watch List honor for all three Women of Troy.
Ashley Nick has maintained the Trojan midfield for three years now, heading into her senior season as a team captain and one of the most respected midfielders in the game. One of USC's six NSCAA All-Americans all-time, Nick has scored six goals and has five assists so far in her USC career. In 2007, the captain scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime against Missouri to get USC its first-ever win in the NCAA Second Round. In addition to honors as a NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American, Nick was named to SoccerBuzz All-America Second Team. She earned regional honors as SoccerBuzz First Team All-West Region and NSCAA/adidas First Team All-West Region, and also was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.
Kristin Olsen was a finalist for the Honda Award and was named the Defensive MVP of the 2007 College Cup as a sophomore. An athletic and smart goalkeeper, Olsen anchors a tough Trojan defense. Entering this season, she holds career solo shutouts and ranks as USC's top goalkeeper with an 0.50 goals-against average. In 2007, Olsen became USC's most decorated goalkeeper during her first full season in goal. She started all 25 games for the Trojans, securing a USC-record 12 solo shutouts and making 76 saves. She allowed only 13 goals all year, averaging a program-low 0.52 goals-against average. Olsen led the Pac-10 in shutouts and goals-against average and had the No. 2 mark in total saves. In USC's NCAA Semifinal win over UCLA, she had a career-high eight saves. One of only eight Women of Troy to be named an All-American, Olsen also finished the season with national honors as a Honda Award Finalist, Umbro/Soccer News Net Player of the Year Finalist, NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American and SoccerBuzz Second Team All-American. She earned regional honors on NSCAA/adidas First Team All-West Region and SoccerBuzz First Team All-West Region, and was selected to the All-Pac-10 Second Team. Olsen is the first USC goalkeeper to earn national or regional accolades.
Amy Rodriguez is responsible for terrorizing up top, tagged as one of the quickest forwards in the world and returning to the USC lineup for her senior season this year. Named the 2007 College Cup Offensive MVP, Rodriguez also enters the 2008 season at USC with an Olympic gold medal in tow. Rodriguez led USC in scoring in 2007, finishing with a team-high 10 goals along with three assists for 23 points on the year. Her first career two-goal game came in the NCAA Semifinals, where Rodriguez scored twice in the second half to get USC to a 2-1 win and help earn herself honors as the NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. She also was named Umbro/Soccer News Net Player of the Year, and earned regional honors as SoccerBuzz Second Team All-West Region and NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-West Region. Named to All-Pac-10 Second Team, Rodriguez finished her junior season ranking No. 6 all-time in career points (59), No. 7 in goals (23), No. 6 in assists (13) and No. 4 in game-winning goals (9).
The recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 9, 2009, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following. For more information, visit www.mac-hermann-trophy.org.