Dec. 3, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Florida State's Becky Edwards and Tiffany McCarty are among the list of 15 student-athletes named as semifinalists for the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Award as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Wednesday, December 2. The MAC Hermann Trophy is presented to the nation's top collegiate player on both the women's and men's side.
FSU is one of five schools to have two student-athletes on this year's semifinal list joining North Carolina, Portland, Stanford and UCLA.
Edwards had a breakout year in her final season at Florida State starting all 25 games for the Seminoles in 2009. The senior captain finished third on the team in points (18) recording career-highs in points, goals (5) and shots (46). She tied a career-high with eight assists, a marked she established as a freshman back in 2006. Edwards opened the 2009 season in fine fashion scoring three goals against Jacksonville to become just the second player in school history to record a hat trick on opening day.
The Downingtown, Pa., native finished her Seminole career tied for third all-time in appearances with 95, while sitting fifth in career starts with 89. Edwards tallied 20 career assists over her four year career, tied for sixth all-time at FSU, including eight game-winners. She earned first team All-ACC accolades this year and became the school's first CoSIDA Academic All-American earning third team honors in 2009.
McCarty, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, finished the season with 41 points on 17 goals and seven assists. The Laurel, Md., native led the team in goals, shots (67) and a shots on goal percentage of .716. She currently leads the ACC in goals scored and ranks among the league leaders in points and shots. In just two seasons at Florida State, McCarty is already the all-time career leader in points (31) in ACC contests, while tied for first in goals with 12. She set the single-season record for points in ACC play this past season with 20 on eight goals and four assists. Among FSU's all-time career leaders, McCarty is tied for fifth in goals (28) and tied for seventh in points (69).
After being recognized as the ACC's top offensive player, McCarty joined exclusive company becoming just the sixth player in conference history to earn both Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year accolades. She is just the second player in the ACC to win Player of the Year honors a year after being named Freshman of the Year (Lindsay Tarpley, North Carolina, 2002-03). McCarty was also a first team All-ACC honoree in 2009.
For the fourth year in a row, the Missouri Athletic Club has recognized a Seminole student-athlete as a semifinalist in what is the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.
Mami Yamaguchi became the first Seminole player to claim the top individual honor in women's soccer. She was named the winner of the Hermann Trophy in 2007 after leading the country in points (66), while finishing second in goals (24) and assists (18). Yamaguchi was a big part of Florida State's run to the 2007 National Championship game.
Division I college head coaches with current membership in the NSCAA will vote to determine the 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient. The list will be narrowed down to three finalists on Friday, December 11. The three remaining student-athletes will be invited to attend a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, January 8 2010. The winners of the men's and women's awards will be announced at that dinner.
Women's 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
Courtney Barg, So., M, Notre Dame, Plano, Texas
Lauren Cheney, F, Sr., UCLA, Indianapolis, Ind.
Becky Edwards, MF, Sr., Florida State, Downingtown, Pa.
Whitney Engen, D, Sr., North Carolina, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Michelle Enyeart, F, Sr., Portland, Hemet, Calif.
Sinead Farrelly, M, Jr., Virginia, Havertown, Pa.
Danielle Foxhoven, F, So., Portland, Littleton, Colo.
Tobin Heath, M, Sr., North Carolina, Basking Ridge, N.J.
Kelly Henderson, D, Sr., Boston College, Baldwin, N.Y.
Sydney Leroux, F, So., UCLA, Vancouver, B.C.
Tiffany McCarty, F, So., Florida State, Laurel, Md.
Kristen Olsen, K, Sr., Southern California, Orange, Calif.
Kelley O'Hara, F, Sr., Stanford, Fayetteville, Ga.
Christen Press, F, Jr., Stanford, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Katie Schoepfer, F, Sr., Penn State, Waterford, Conn.