Aug. 15, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State soccer team continued to gain national recognition on Monday, August 15 as senior Toni Pressley and junior Tiffany McCarty were named to the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List for the second year in a row.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
“These two individuals are among the top players in the country and they certainly deserve to be recognized with many of the other great players across the nation,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “It’s a sign of respect among all the other coaches that Florida State has quality players and that these student-athletes are playing at an elite level.”
Pressley and McCarty join a growing list of Seminole greats that have been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List over the years. Florida State has had a student-athlete named to the watch list every year since 2004, while this year marks the fifth time in school history that two student-athletes have been named to the preseason list. In 2004, Leah Gallegos became the first Seminole stand out to make the list. She was then followed by Kelly Rowland (2005), Selin Kuralay (2006), India Trotter (2006) and Sarah Wagenfuhr (2007). Becky Edwards and Amanda DaCosta were both named to the preseason watch list in back-to-back seasons in 2008 and 2009.
In 2007, Mami Yamaguchi became the first Seminole player to claim the top individual honor in women’s soccer. She won the Hermann Trophy after leading the country in points (66) and finishing second in goals (24) and assists (18). Yamaguchi played a major role in Florida State’s run to the 2007 National Championship game. The Tokyo, Japan native also made school history becoming the first FSU player to be named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy.
The Seminoles are one of seven programs to have multiple student-athletes named to this year’s watch list which included three schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC, with a total of nine selections, led all leagues among the list of 42 female student-athletes named to the prestigious watch list.
Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.
Click here to view the complete list of candidates for the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.