Women's Soccer: Rodriguez Named to Hermann List

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • August 16, 2011 09:55 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer player Bri Rodriguez has been named to the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy Watch List, released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

The award is college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy and represents the highest level of individual achievement in the sport. Players are selected to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List by a committee of Division I coaches who are NSCAA members.

“We are happy for Bri to have her name listed alongside some of the best players in the country,” says coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “She has worked hard to put herself in a position to succeed and we know what a high level of soccer she will bring this year.”

Rodriguez, a junior, is one of 42 players named to the preseason listing. She was named the team’s most valuable player as a sophomore for her efforts in the midfield. An Aurora, Ill., native, Rodriguez was named first team all-region after recording seven assists and seven goals – both second most on the team. She was named a second team ESPN/CoSIDA academic all-district selection and a Soccer News Net Player of the Year candidate last fall.

Rodriguez, a 2010 first team all-BIG EAST selection, is the seventh Mountaineer in program history to be named to the watch list, including two later named semifinalists: Ashley Banks (2007) and Chrissie Abbott (2003).

A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will be invited to the M.A.C. in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 6, 2012, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following.