November 12, 2015
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
33 nominated for College Boot
Thirty-three of the nation's top women's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2015 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the women's college player of the year.
Cast your vote for the Soccer News Net College Boot women's player of the year
The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to four local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. Seven additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting will begin on Thursday, November 12 and continue until December 12, and will be conducted on Big Apple Soccer ( www.bigapplesoccer.com), Chicagoland Soccer News ( www.chicagolandsoccernews.com), LA Soccer News ( www.lasoccernews.com), New England Soccer News ( www.newenglandsoccernews.com), Philly Soccer News ( www.phillysoccernews.com) Dallas Soccer News. ( www.dallassoccernews.com) , DC Soccer News (www.dcsoccernews.com) and Sunshine Soccer News (www.sunshinesoccernews.com)
Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the Soccer News Net editorial staff. The winner of the popular vote will receive the Soccer News Net Supporter's Choice Award.
Soccer News Net has been selecting a player of the year since 2007.
LA SOCCER NEWS
Rebecca Wilson, Cal State Fullerton, Sr, F
Placentia, Calif. (Placentia HS/Fullerton Rangers)
Senior forward had 18 goals and 5 assists in 18 games, with 10 game-winners, for the Titans (14-3-1), who shared the Big West Conference title. She has 33 career goals and with two more will tie for 2nd all-time at CSUF.
Kayla Mills, USC, Jr, D
West Covina, Calif. (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy/Slammers FC)
Junior defender, a U.S. U-23 NTer, leads a defense that conceded 11 goals in 20 games. She also contributed two goals and four assists as USC (13-5-1) clinched second place in the Pac-12.
Mallory Hromatko, UC Santa Barbara, Fr, F
Danville, Calif. (Monte Vista HS/Mustang Mavericks)
Freshman forward led the Gauchos with nine goals and six assists, with five game-winning goals. UCSB (12-5-2) won a share of the Big West Conference title.
DALLAS SOCCER NEWS
Haley Pounds, Texas A&M, So, F
Spring, Texas (The Woodlands Christian Academy/Challenge '96)
Sophomore forward has 11 goals and four assists in 19 games, with four game-winning goals, for the SEC runners-up Aggies (13-4-1).
Janine Beckie, Texas Tech, Sr, F
Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian HS/Real Colorado)
Senior forward had ten goals -- four of them game-winners -- and three assists in 19 games for the 17th-ranked Red Raiders. The Canadian national-teamer has 53 career goals.
Jackie Kerestine, North Texas, Sr, G
Euless, Texas (Colleyville Heritage HS/Sting West '93)
The 6-foot-1 senior goalkeeper was ranked 7th nationally in GAA (0.44), second in save pct. (91.8) ninth in minutes played, and had 12 shutouts for the Mean Green (16-3-1), through the team's march to the Conference USA championship.
NEW ENGLAND SOCCER NEWS
Jenna Fisher, Boston University, Sr, F
Longmeadow, Mass. (Longmeadow HS)
The senior forward started all 18 games and had four goals and four assists as BU won the Patriot League regular-season championship.
Rachel Hill, Connecticut, Jr, F
Rollinsford, NH (Somersworth HS)
Hill totaled 10 goals, including five game-winners, as UConn won the America East Conference for the first time. The junior forward earned American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year. Hill led UConn’s offense with 10 goals, three assists, and a total of 23 points.
McKenzie Meehan, Boston College, RS Jr, F
Glocester, RI (LaSalle Academy/Scorpions)
Meehan became BC’s all-time leading scorer, breaking Kristie Mewis’ mark. Has totaled 16 goals (five game-winners) and is 5 for 5 on penalty kicks.
CHICAGOLAND SOCCER NEWS
Anna Maria Gilbertson, Notre Dame, Sr, F
Davis, Calif. (Davis HS/Davis Legacy)
Gilbertson led the Fighting Irish attack attack with 11 goals, five of them game-winners.
Addie Steiner, Northwestern, Fr, F
Prairie Village, Kansas (Shawnee Mission East HS/KCFC)
Freshman forward notched a team-leading seven goals and seven assists as the Wildcats went 13-5-2 overall, finishing fourth in the Big Ten Conference with a 7-3-1 record.
Elise Wyatt, DePaul, Sr, F
Victoria, BC (Elgin Park Secondary/Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite)
Wyatt totaled 12 goals and five assists to tie a team single-season goal record and become all-time DePaul leading scorer as Blue Demons challenged for Big East Conference title.
D.C. SOCCER NEWS
Michaela Abam, West Virginia, So, F
Houston, Texas (Harmony Science Academy/Texas Rush)
Abam led the way with 10 goals in 17 games as Mountaineers went 15-1-1 and won Big 12 Conference title with a 6-0-1 record.
MacKenzie Cowley, George Washington, Jr, F
Sea Girt, NJ (Red Bank Catholic HS/SDFC Lynx)
Cowley led the Colonials with 10 goals (six game-winners). Had game-winners in three successive games as GW won the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-0-0 record.
Makenzy Doniak, Virginia, Sr, F
Chino Hills, Calif. (Ayala HS/Slammers FC)
Despite being limited to 16 games (14 starts) because of a hamstring injury, Doniak totaled 10 goals and 10 assists. She broke former U.S. national team striker Angela Hucles’ record with her 60th career goal in a 2-2 tie with Florida State, the Seminoles defeating the Cavaliers on penalty kicks for the ACC title, in a rematch of last year’s NCAA final. Doniak, a senior, scored a goal for the U.S. in the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada last year.
Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia, Jr, D
Brampton, Ont. (Cardinal Leger Catholic/Brams United)
Kadeisha Buchanan is the first player in Big 12 history to win three straight conference Defender of the Year awards. The junior anchored a WVU defense that recorded 13 shutouts, five more than the next-closest league squad.
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS
Kelly Farrell, Temple, Sr, F
Sicklerville, NJ (Timber Creek HS)
Farrell had 12 goals, including four game-winners, as the Owls set a program record for victories at 12-6-1.
Emily Gingrich, St. Joseph's, Jr, M
Shillington, PA (Governor Mifflin HS/Reading United U20)
Gingrich notched 11 goals and nine assists as the Hawks set a program record for victories at 13-6-0.
Mallory Weber, Penn State, Sr, F
Novi, Mich. (Northville HS/Michigan Hawks)
The Penn State senior forward added a playmaking dimension to her offensive repertoire this season, totaling eight goals (four game-winners) and ten assists, and being named to the All-Big Ten First Team..
BIG APPLE SOCCER
Rachel Daly, St. John's, Sr, F
Harrogate, England (Rossett HS/Lincoln Ladies)
Daly ranked second in the nation with 19 goals (1.06 per game). Nine of those scores were game-winners, including the clincher against Providence to clinch the BIG EAST regular-season title outright for the Red Storm and increased her career goals total to 50, most in St. John’s history.
Leah Galton, Hofstra, Sr, F
Harrogate, England (St. John Fishers Catholic/Leeds United Ladies)
Galton is the first player in CAA history to earn three consecutive Player of the Year honors and is only the fifth to garner multiple honors. The four-time All-CAA First Team honoree was second in the conference in goals (11) and points (28) through 17 games this season. Galton, who was the 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year and the 2013 and 2014 CAA Player of the Year, ranks ninth all-time on the CAA career points chart (120), 10th in goals (47) and 11th in assists (26). She owns Hofstra's career points record and is three goals shy of the team's goals record.
Erica Murphy, Monmouth, Jr, F
Millstone Township, NJ (Pennington Prep/PDA Celtic)
Murphy was named to the All-MAAC First Team after leading the league in points (33) and goals (15), ranking her ninth in the NCAA in goals scored and 17th in total points (as of Nov. 5). Murphy, who has 23 goals in the last two seasons, was a Second Team All-MAAC pick in 2014. The junior, who has four game-winning scores this year, has the highest single-season goal total for the Hawks since Kristen McDermott notched 22 goals in 1998 and the most points in recent history since Andrea Lopez registered 36 points in 2006.
Rachel Hoekstra, Fairleigh Dickinson, RS Jr, F
Bowmanville, Ont. (Clarington Central HS/Pickering Power Green)
After narrowly missing out on the NEC Golden Boot award last year, Hoekstra paced the conference this fall with 13 regular season goals. The redshirt junior also led the league with five-game winners. Hoekstra, a three-time NEC Player of the Week, served as one of the catalysts of the league's most potent offense, one that averaged 2.21 goals per game during the regular season. The Ontario native registered five games with two or more goals, including a hat trick against Columbia on September 27. Hoekstra has amassed 34 goals in her three years at FDU, the most of any NEC player during that span. She has also been named first team All-NEC three straight years.
SUNSHINE SOCCER NEWS
Carol Rodrigues, Central Florida, Jr, F
Juazeiro, Brazil (Sistema Educational Radar)
Rodrigues led the Knights and ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in goals (11) and points (27). The junior forward also notched five assists this season. Rodrigues ranked first in the league in points per game (1.59) and was one of four conference players with the most game-winning goals (five).
Megan Connolly, Florida State, Fr, M
Cork, Ireland (Christ Kings Girls Secondary School)
Megan Connolly led the ACC in assists with 10 and ranked eighth in scoring with 22 points in 15 matches. Connolly’s efforts helped the Seminoles to a 13-2-3 overall record and a No. 2 seed in the ACC Championship.
Savannah Jordan, Florida, Jr, F
Fayetteville, Ga. (Whitewater HS/Concorde Fire, Atlanta Silverbacks)
This marks the second time Jordan has earned SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors, having also won the award as a freshman in 2013. The Fayetteville, Ga., native led the SEC in goals (11) and points (25) in league play this season. Through November 15, she ranked second in the nation with 22 goals and 50 points overall.
Macy Hamblin, Northern Kentucky, So, F
Fairfield, Ohio (Fairfield HS)
In Northern Kentucky’s first season in the Horizon League, Hamblin earned Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors. The sophomore tied for the League lead with 20 points, pacing the conference with eight assists. The Norse took the No. 3 seed into the Horizon League Tournament after winning a program-record 10 matches.
Ashley Campbell, Dayton, Sr. F
Bradford, Ont. (Holy Trinity/Newmarket United)
Campbell led the Flyers with 17 goals and nine assists, earning her second Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year honor. Her 61 career goals set a new record at Dayton, and is the second most among active players. The Bradford, Ontario, product earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2013, and has been named to All-Conference teams each of her four years.
Rose Lavelle, Wisconsin, Jr, M
Cincinnati, Ohio (Mount Notre Dame HS)
A unanimous selection for her third All-Big Ten first-team selection, and the conference's midfielder of the year, Lavelle finished the regular season with 17 points, including seven goals and three assists.
Kailen Sheridan, Clemson, Jr, GK
Whitby, Ont. (Father Leo Austin CHS/Ajax)
Keeper Kailen Sheridan was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second consecutive season. Last year, she became the first Clemson player to be named first-team all-conference since 2007. Sheridan was named Third-Team All-ACC in her rookie season at Clemson in 2013. The Whitby, Ontario native has played 1,361 minutes in goal for the Tigers, accumulating 51 saves while allowing just 13 goals on the season for a goal allowed average of 0.86. She has recorded six shutouts in 2015, bringing her career shutout total to 21, tying her for second in Clemson history.
Andi Sullivan, Stanford, So, M
Lorton, Va. (South County HS/Bethesda SC, McLean Youth Soccer)
The midfield engine that has led Stanford to a Pac 12 Championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Sullivan garnered her second straight All-Pac-12 First Team honor after notching five goals and two assists in 19 appearances, all starts. She tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.
Arielle Ship, California, Jr, F
Westlake Village, Calif. (Westlake HS/Real SoCal)
Ship is the first player in California program history to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year, and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team for the first time in her career. She helped lead California to a third-place finish in the conference and earn a No. 3 seed in the 2015 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Ship led the league in points with 34, an average of 1.62 points per game. She scored 14 goals which is tops in the conference and ranks No. 16 in the country. Of her 14 goals, six were game-winning goals, tied for the eighth-best total in the country this year. The junior dished out six assists as well. Ship paced a prolific offense that led the Pac-12 in total points with 101 (34 goal, 33 assists).
Rebecca Rodgers, Drake, Jr, M
Peotone, Ill. (Peotone/Chicago Inter)
Rodgers was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in goals (9), points (21) and shots per game (3.38), while also ranking second in the Valley in game-winning goals (3) and ninth in assists (3). The repeat MVC first team honoree and three-time all-conference selection, recorded goals in four different MVC games this season, including two against both Evansville and Missouri State, and also registered both a goal and an assist against Indiana State.
Cast your vote for the Soccer News Net College Boot women's player of the year