November 23, 2016
The Editors of Soccer News Net
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
32 Nominated for College Boot
Thirty two of the nation's top women's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2016 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. Nine 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 24 and continue until December 23, 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.
BIG APPLE SOCCER
Jill Mulholland, Hofstra, Sr., M
Levittown, NY (MacArthur HS)
All-CAA First Team...Led the Colonial Athletic Association in nearly every statistical category, cracking the program all-time top 10 in single-season goals (13), assists (8) and points (34) as well as career goals, assists and points
Alexis McTamney, Monmouth, Sr., F
Bordentown, NJ (Bordentown Regional HS/Hibernian AA XCEL)
Named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight year...First-Team All-MAAC for the fourth straight year...Six goals and eight assists for 20 points...Ranks seventh in Hawks history with 86 career points, tied for seventh in assists with 24 and eighth in career goals (31).
Diana Poulin, St. John's, Sr., GK
Hauppauge, NY (Hauppauge HS/Massapequa Force)
Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the third consecutive season...All-Big East First Team...Posted a Red Storm record 11 shutouts this season...Leads the conference and ranks 12th in the nation with a 0.47 goals-against average...Ranks ninth in Division I with a conference-leading .882 save percentage.
CHICAGOLAND SOCCER NEWS
Hannah Davison, Northwestern, So, D
Geneva, Ill. (Geneva Community HS/Eclipse Select)
Led the Wildcats' back line to 15 regular season shutouts... Led Northwestern field players in minutes played with 1,884 in 20 games... scored the deciding goal in 1-0 win over Marquette Sept. 11.
Abby Reed, DePaul, Sr, F
Rockford, Ill. (Boylan Catholic)
Led DePaul with 11 goals and has 38 career goals.
Jennifer Westendorf , Notre Dame, Fr., F
Grayson, Ga. (Grayson HS/GSA)
Led the Fighting Irish with six goals (three game-winners)... One of four ND players to start every game...Plays internationally for Brazil, and was Golden Boot winner in U-20 South American WWC qualifying.
Lauren Koehl, Illinois State, RS Sr., M/F
St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North HS/Strikers Fox Valley)
MVC Offensive Player of the Year...Had 17 goals and 41 points to lead the Redbirds to a record season, which saw them advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament after going unbeaten in 15 straight games...Notched a hat trick against Chicago State and had two-goal games against IUPUI, Eastern Michigan and Drake.
DALLAS SOCCER NEWS
Allie Thornton, SMU, Fr., F
Arington, Texas (Kennedale HS/Solar Chelsea 98 ECNL)
Named to the AAC All-Conference First Team and all All-Rookie team... Leads the Mustangs with 10 goals and is second with 23 points.
Emma Heckendorn, TCU, Jr., F
Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound HS/Sting SC)
Named First Team All-Big 12...Set the school single-season record with nine assists...Including her three goals, Heckendorn leads the team with 15 points. Had a role in 12 of TCU’s 31 goals scored.
Courtney Dike, Oklahoma State, Sr., F
Edmond, Okla. (North HS/OFC '95)
Named the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team...The Big 12's leading scorer with nine goals and ranks second with seven assists...Has scored goals in nine games and has a goal and/or assist in 13 games.
DC SOCCER NEWS
Grace Damaska, Georgetown, Sr., F
Milton, Ga. (Blessed Trinity HS/Atlanta Fire ECNL 96)
Capped the best season of her Georgetown career by earning her first all-Big East honor First Team selection... Tied for the team high with 29 points and leads the Hoyas with 12 goals scored...Her 12 goals are tied for the third-most in a single season at Georgetown, lead the Big East and leave her tied for No. 25 in the country.
Kadeisha Buchanan, West Virginia, Sr., D
Brampton, Ont. (Cardinal Leger Catholic/Brams United)
Helped WVU overcome a two-goal deficit to No. 7-seed TCU in the Big 12 title match on Nov. 6, scoring the equalizer with 1:43 remaining in the match and forcing overtime... Anchored a Mountaineer backline which posted 14 shutouts, including a program-record ten straight... With Buchanan on the back line, WVU became the first team in Big 12 history to post a shutout season in league play. The Mountaineer defense held all Big 12 opponents but Texas to two or fewer shots on goal...WVU has allowed six opponent goals all season, the second-fewest nationally.
Alexis Shaffer, Virginia, Sr., M
Cary, NC (Green Hope HS/CASL Chelsea Ladies 94)
Won both the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year Awards, the first player ever to do so in a single season....Currently tied for the ACC lead in scoring (28 points) with 11 goals and six assists...Her 77 total shots rank second among conference players... Shaffer also ranked among the ACC leaders in shots per game (second, 4.05), points per game (tied for first, 1.47), goals per game (tied for fourth, 0.58) and assists per game (tied for eighth, 0.32).
LA SOCCER NEWS
Ashley Gonzales, Long Beach State, Jr., F
Ontario, Calif. (Chino Hills HS/FRAM)
Big West Offensive Player of the Year...Led LBSU with nine goals and 21 points in 2016, both tied for second in the league... T for the sixth-most scores in LBSU history with 26 career goals...Put away two game winners this season to help Long Beach to its third-consecutive Big West Tournament... Third in the 49ers Record Book with 12 career game-winning goals .
Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC, RS Sr, GK
Aliso Viejo, Calif., (Aliso Niguel HS/SoCal Blues)
Leads the defensive charge for a Trojans squad that went 14-4-1 on the year and 8-2-1 in Pac-12 play to tie for second in the Conference...Holds the fifth spot in the nation with a .906 save percentage...Ranks sixth in the nation in shutouts with 11 for the regular season, allowing nine goals in 19 games...Earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors four times...All-Pac-12 first team.
NEW ENGLAND SOCCER NEWS
Hannah Rosenblatt, Northeastern, So., F/M
Lincoln, Mass. (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional/FC Stars)
CAA player of the tournament...Led the Huskies with 13 goals...All-CAA Firts Team selection.
McKenzie Meehan, Boston College, RS Sr.,
Glocester, RI (LaSalle Academy/Scorpions)
All-time leading scorer for BC with 58 goals...Also holds program record for career points (124) and game-winning goals (18)...All-ACC First Team...Led the Eagles with 26 points and 12 goals...Tied for first in the league for goals scored and ranked third in points despite playing only 18 games.
Stephanie Ribeiro , Connecticut, RS Sr., F
Pawtucket, RI (Cumberland HS)
Leading NCAA D1 scorer with 20 goals, including a D1-leading 12 game-winners...Led UConn to American Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS
Frannie Crouse, Penn State, Jr., F
Greensburg, Pa. (Greensburg Central Catholic HS/Beadling SC)
Led the Nittany Lions and the Big Ten with 12 goals (five game-winners) in first 19 games...All-Big Ten First Team...Scored at least one goal in five of the team's final seven regular season matches.
Vanessa Kara, Drexel, So., M/F
Burlington, NJ (Moorestown Friends HS/PDA Fusion)
Scored six goals and led Dragons with five assists...Took on a playmaking role after leading team with 11 goals as a freshman.
Dakota Mills, Saint Joseph’s, So., F
East Windsor, NJ (Hightstown HS/FC Bucks Fury)
Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year...A-10 All-Conference First Team...Among top NCAA D1 underclassmen in scoring and set St. Joe’s record with 18 goals as Hawks compiled 19-game unbeaten streak, winning A-10 regular-season title and reaching tournament championship game.
SUNSHINE SOCCER NEWS
Tabby Tindell, Florida Gulf Coast, Sr., F
Ocala, Fla. (Trinity HS)
Became the first student-athlete to claim three ASUN Women's Soccer Player of the Year awards, and was the lone unanimous selection for league postseason honors... Shattered multiple ASUN records during her career...Closed out the regular season with 34 points on 13 goals and eight assists, topping the league in all three categories... Her career accumulation set new conference all-time points (160) and goals (65) records...Ranks second in the NCAA with seven game-winning goals for 2016.
Savannah Jordan, Florida, Sr., F
Fayetteville, Ga. (Whitewater HS/Atlanta Silverbacks)
Leads the Gators with 16 goals and nine assists for 41 points...Only the second player in UF history to be named All-SEC for four straight years...Ranks second all-time in Gators scoring behind Abby Wambach.
Simone Kolander, Minnesota, Sr., F
Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North HS/Minnesota Thunder Academy)
Named Big Ten Forward of the Year for the second straight year..., Leads the conference in points (28) and points per game (1.47)...Second in the Big Ten in total goals (11) and total shots (72).
Chloe Williams, Eastern Washington, Jr., F
Spokane, Wash. (Lewis and Clark HS/Spokane Shadow)
Named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season...Also became the Eagles' first-ever Big Sky Golden Boot Award winner after scoring a conference-best 14 goals this season...Led the Big Sky in three of the four major offensive categories -- points (33), goals (14) and shots (81).
Martha Thomas, Charlotte, Jr., F
Weston, Fla. (American Heritage School)
Named C-USA Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in points (26) and assists (8)...A repeat selection to the All-Conference USA first team.
Lily Sender, UNLV, Sr., F
Honolulu, Hi. (St. Andres Priory HS/Honolulu Bulls)
UNLV’s first Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year since 2007... Topped the league in goals with 10 and points with 22 during Conference play...Averaged 3.09 shots, 2.00 points and 0.91 goals per game over 11 Conference matches...Became just the fourth player in UNLV program history to record a hat trick, tallying three goals in the Rebels’ win over in-state rival Nevada.
Jenna Hellstrom, Kent State, Sr., F
Sudbury, Ont. (La Salle Secondary/Sudbury Storm)
MAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season...Led the conference in points, goals and assists... Scored eight goals and averaged .80 goals per game in MAC play... All-MAC First Team for the third consecutive season.
Andi Sullivan, Stanford, Jr, M
Lorton, Va. (South County HS/McLean Youth Soccer)
Helped lead Stanford to the Pac-12 Championship crown before going down with an ACL injury during the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship...First Team All-Pac-12... Leads the league in total points with 29 and an average of 1.71 points per game...Scored 11 goals in the season and is tied for second in the Conference...Of her 11 goals, three were game-winners...Also dished out seven assists.
Kendall Ham, Bucknell, Jr., F
Stratham, NH (The Governor's Academy/Seacoast United)
The only player unanimously selected as a first-team All-Patriot League honoree..The first Bison to earn Offensive Player of the Year since Christa Matlack in 2010...Led the league with 15 goals and 34 points.
Savannah McCaskill, South Carolina, Jr., F
Chapin, SC (Irmo HS/CESA 95 ECNL)
Named SEC Offensive Player of the Year and All-SEC First Team...Leads the league with 14 goals, eight game-winners and a South Carolina single-season record 36 points.
Michele Vasconcelos, BYU, Sr., M/F
Sandy, Utah (Alta HS/Olympique Montreux)
Named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and All-WCC First Team...Led the NCAA in assists per game (0.67), finished fourth nationally in points per game (2.22) and 13th nationally in goals per game (0.78)...Her 12 assists on the year were one shy of the national leader, and she registered 40 points total, good for sixth in the NCAA...Led the WCC in goals (7), assists (7) and points (21) – eight more points than the next person on the list...Shot at an astounding .359 clip on 14 total goals scored.