USC's Kristin Olsen Named Honda Award Finalist
Dec. 17, 2007
USC's Kristin Olsen stepped out of her first full-time season in goal for the Trojans as a national champion. Now, her overwhelming effort as a 2007 All-American and the Pac-10 Conference's top goalkeeper has been further recognized, as the sophomore has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2007-08 Honda Sports Award, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced today. One of the highest honors for a female athlete, the Honda Award is presented to the top woman collegiate athlete in each sport every year.
Olsen - a sophomore goalkeeper who was named the 2007 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player - is joined by three other women's soccer players selected as finalists. Joining Olsen as finalists for the Honda Award are three forwards: Lauren Cheney of UCLA, Ashley Pistorius of Texas A&M and Mami Yamaguchi of Florida State. Olsen, is the first USC women's soccer player ever to be named a Honda Award finalist. Nominees were selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In her first year as USC's full-time goalkeeper after appearing in only three games as a freshman, Olsen put forth a dominating effort in the goal for the Women of Troy as a sophomore in 2007. She ranks among the best keepers in the nation, topped the charts in the Pac-10 Conference, and helped set numerous new USC records during her first season as the Trojans' starting goalkeeper. While USC's defense was stifling all season, Olsen and the Trojans turned the most heads when they upset top-ranked UCLA in the NCAA Semifinals. That 2-1 win can be chalked up largely to Olsen, who had a career-high eight saves in the victory. The Bruins' single goal was the only score allowed by Olsen during the entire NCAA Tournament - an accomplishment never before achieved in NCAA history. She finished the 2007 season, not only with the NCAA crown after shutting out Florida State 2-0 in the final on Dec. 9, but also with a USC record 12 solo shutouts and a record-low 13 goals allowed. The Trojans as a whole also had a record 15 shutouts on the season, and secured another new program record of 20 wins.
On the foundation of Olsen's athleticism and organization in goal, the Women of Troy passed their previous best effort of the NCAA Second Round and rolled right along to capture USC's - and the Pac-10 Conference's - first-ever NCAA women's soccer championship.
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