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Press named Soccer America Women's Player of the Year
by Paul Kennedy, December 22nd, 2010 1:46PM

TAGS:  college women


[AWARDS] For the second year in a row, a Stanford player is the Soccer America Women's Player of the Year. After Kelley O'Hara in 2009, Christen Press was this year's dominant player.

Soccer America Women's MVPs
Soccer America Women's Freshman of the Year
Soccer America Women's All-Freshman Team
Soccer America Women's Coach of the Year

This year, Press came out of O'Hara's shadows, leading the nation in goals (26), points (60) and scoring 10 game-winning goals. She also broke Stanford career records in goals (71), assists (41), and points (183).

"It was great experience playing with Kelley," said Press. "I learned so much from her. And we definitely had a great connection. This year, we've been attacking as a team a lot more and we have people coming from all positions and all angles. Rachel Quon comes up the outside, Teresa Noyola sneaks up the middle, so it's opened up a lot of opportunities for all of our team to put balls in the back of the net."

Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said Press's influence extended to beyond the playing field.

“Christen has emerged as a fantastic leader," he said. "Everyone talks about what a talented player she is, but for me, her leadership skills have been tremendous this year. She really cares about everyone on the team, she works so hard in training, and she's an example for all the younger players. She has really emerged as a great leader and that's been a big part of our success.”

Women's Player of the Year
Christen Press, Stanford
Position: Forward. Class: Sr.
Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
High School: Chadwick School
Youth Club: Slammers FC

1985 -- Lisa Gmitter (George Mason)
1986 -- April Heinrichs (North Carolina)
1987 -- Michelle Akers (Central Florida)
1988 -- Shannon Higgins (North Carolina)
1989 -- Shannon Higgins (North Carolina)
1990 -- Kristine Lilly (North Carolina)
1991 -- Julie Foudy (Stanford)
1992 -- Mia Hamm (North Carolina)
1993 -- Mia Hamm (North Carolina)
1994 -- Tisha Venturini (North Carolina)
1995 -- Shannon MacMillan (Portland)
1996 -- Debbie Keller (North Carolina)
1997 -- Sara Whalen (Connecticut)
1998 -- Danielle Fotopoulos (Florida)
1999 -- Lorrie Fair (North Carolina)
2000 -- Anne Makinen (Notre Dame)
2001 -- Aly Wagner (Santa Clara)
2002 -- Christine Sinclair (Portland)
2003 -- Lindsay Tarpley (North Carolina)
2004 -- Katie Thorlakson (Notre Dame)
2005 -- Christine Sinclair (Portland)
2006 -- Heather O'Reilly (North Carolina)
2007 -- Lauren Cheney (UCLA)
2008 -- Casey Nogueira (North Carolina)
2009 -- Kelley O'Hara (Stanford)
2010 -- Christen Press (Stanford)

  1. Pamela Kapinos
    commented on: December 23, 2010 at 8:21 a.m.
    In your list of all time players of the year you incorrectly have Christen Press listed as North Carolina instead of Stanford.

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