Friday, January 7, 2011
Christen Press wins Hermann Trophy
By Scott French
Palos Verdes Estates' Christen Press, who led the nation in scoring while leading Stanford University to its second successive NCAA Division I title-game appearance, was awarded the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy -- college soccer's most prestigious award -- in cermonies Friday night in St. Louis.
Press (Chadwick School), widely expected to win the honor, scored 26 goals and set school career records for goals, assists and total points in a phenomenal senior season. She was the Pac-10's Player of the Year, a first-team NSCAA All-American and a first-team Academic All-American.
Junior forward Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas), who led Notre Dame to the NCAA title, finished second and Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS), who scored 14 goals in a dozen games at Cal, was third.
Press, the second successive winner from Stanford -- Kelley O'Hara won last year -- is expected to be the second selection in next week's Women's Professional Soccer draft, after Morgan, who missed part of her senior season while playing for the U.S. national team.
Darlington Nagbe (Lakewood, Ohio), the leader of NCAA champion Akron's attack, won the men's honor, following former teammate Teal Bunbury's victory last year. Indiana's Will Bruin (St. Louis) finished second and Louisville's Colin Rolfe (Canton, Mich.) was third.
Nagbe is widely considered the best bet to be the top pick in Major League Soccer's draft next week.