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Christen Press wins Hermann Trophy

January, 7, 2011
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.

COLLEGE: Christen Press, Alex Morgan are Hermann finalists

December, 10, 2010

Stanford's Christen Press and Cal's Alex Morgan, both of them So Cal products, are finalists for the MAC Hermann Award, college soccer's most prestigious player-of-the-year honor.

Also announced Friday: North Carolina midfielder Michael Farfan, a Cal State Fullerton transfer from Wildomar in Riverside County, is among five local players on the NCAA Division I men's All-America team.

Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), a massive favorite for the honor, scored an NCAA-best 26 goals with eight assists to lead No. 1 Stanford to its second successive NCAA title-game appearance. Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), the only college player regularly featured with the U.S. women's national team, scored 14 goals in just 12 games for Cal, her time curtailed by international duty.

The other finalist is Melissa Henderson, who scored 17 goals with 11 assists to lead Notre Dame to a national championship. Men's finalists are Indiana's Will Bruin, Akron's Darlington Nagbe and Louisville's Colin Rolfe.

Locals joining Farfan on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team are four third-teamers:
  • Loyola Marmount senior midfielder Rafael Baca (Lawndale/Animo Leadership HS)
  • Cal senior forward Davis Paul (Upland/Damien HS)
  • UCLA freshman midfielder Kellyn Rowe
  • UC Santa Barbara senior defender Michael Boxall