Palos Verdes Estates’ Press named female college player of the year

i-d7341cf79f8bbf3fa1849c09ae4b7337-pressmug2.jpgIt’s a dream come true for the former two-time winner of the Daily Breeze player of the year award. Here’s more from the Associated Press:

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stanford’s Christen Press, a former Chadwick School standout, won the Hermann Trophy on Friday as the nation’s top women’s college soccer player.

Akron’s Darlington Nagbe won the men’s honor.

Press, a senior forward, scored 26 goals last season, the most in the nation and tying the Stanford record as the Cardinal reached the NCAA final, where it lost to Notre Dame. She will attend the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team camp that opens this weekend at Home Depot Center.

Nagbe, a junior forward and midfielder, helped the Zips win the NCAA title, the school’s first in NCAA competition in any sport. He had seven goals and 13 assists last season, and is among the top prospects in next week’s Major League Soccer draft.

For the first time in the history of the award, given by the Missouri Athletic Club, both winners were from the same schools as the previous year. Teal Bunbury, who went on to an excellent rookie season with the Kansas City Wizards, and Kelley O’Hara won last year.

The previous back-to-back winners of the men’s award from the same school were Duke’s Thomas Kain and John Kerr in 1985-86. The men’s award began in 1967 and the women’s award in 1988.

Notre Dame junior forward Melissa Henderson was second, followed by California senior forward Alex Morgan of Diamond Bar, whose goal in the first leg of a playoff gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory at Italy that helped the Americans qualify for his year’s Women’s World Cup.

Voting is done by NCAA Division I soccer coaches.

Press is the most prolific scorer in Stanford history, establishing the career record in goals (71), assists (41) and points (183), according to a press release from the college.

Stanford had an 67-0-1 record when Press had a goal or assist during her collegiate career.

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Press-ganged at College Cup

Notre Dame 1 Stanford

i-9cb0813ff7324e2b74a64ea350a8625b-NDstanfordsoccer.jpgShutout: This was about as close as Christen Press, left, got to the Notre Dame goal and any chance of scoring on goalkeeper Nikki Weiss Sunday at the NCAA championship (AP Photo).

Palos Verdes Estates’ Christen Press, the nation’s leading scorer, was held to just one shot on goal by a dominating Notre Dame midfield and defense and Stanford lost for the first time this season in the College Cup Sunday in North Carolina.

It’s the second consecutive College Cup final loss for Stanford and the second time in a row Stanford had gone through the season unbeaten only to fall at the final hurdle

Stanford was fortunate Notre Dame didn’t add one or two more, an excellent performance by freshman goalkeeper Emily Oliver keeping them in the game.

Press, Stanford’s all-time leading scorer, is a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, given to the nation’s best female college player; Stanford’s Kelley O’Hara won last year.

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Sunday kicks: MLS Cup & more

i-797cc49800f05d712c9262f91b4454f3-rapidschamps.jpgPablo’s cup: Colorado captain Pablo Mastroeni hoists the MLS Cup after the Rapids beat Dallas (AP Photo).

*The Colorado Rapids are the luckiest champions in MLS Cup history, winning 2-1 in OT over FC Dallas Sunday on a freak deflected own goal in frigid Toronto. I’m sure the Rapids’ Macoumba Kandji, whose hustle helped create the goal, and Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens, who made a victory-preserving save in the closing seconds, would disagree.

This should be the last MLS Cup played at a neutral site. There looked way more empty seats than Dallas and Colorado fans combined.

*Ten teams in the playoffs (an increase of two) in what will become an 18-team MLS next year, said Commish Don Garber today. Also, MLS is looking to give the Supporters Shield champion more (of something) for finishing first and investigating a fall to spring schedule that would align the league with Europe.

*The UCLA men are through to third round of the NCAA Tournament after beating Sacramento State 4-1 today. Next: Dartmouth 5 p.m. Sunday at Drake Stadium.

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UCLA seeded eighth in NCAA Tournament

The draw was made today.

The Bruins (14-4-1), who finished one point behind champion Cal in the Pac-10, will meet the winner of Thursday’s game between MPSF champion Sacramento State (10-4-7) and West Coast Conference champion Santa Clara (10-5-5) in the first round on Thursday. It’s UCLA’s 28th consecutive post-season appearance.

The second round game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Drake Stadium.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students/youth.

The winner of the second round game advances to a Nov. 28 game against Notre Dame, Dartmouth or Monmouth.

The other Southern California representative in the tournament, UC Santa Barbara (13-4-3), hosts Denver (9-6-4) Thursday and is expected to draw another large crowd.

The winner meets No. 6 Cal.

UCSB also hosts the final four this year.

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College scoreboard: LMU wins share of first-ever WCC title & more

Even though they lost 1-0 to San Francisco Sunday at Sullivan Field.

From the LMU press release: The Loyola Marymount men (12-6-2, 8-3-1 WCC) conclude the season tied with Santa Clara atop the WCC standing on 25 points and will await their postseason fate with Monday’s announcement of the NCAA College Cup field live on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. Santa Clara earns the conference’s automatic bid by virtue of 2-0 win over Gonzaga and a 1-0-1 season record against the Lions.

Also:

*USC (13-6-3) lost 4-0 to Notre Dame Sunday and were bounced from the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

*The UCLA women (13-7-2) upset Central Florida 2-1 Saturday at Drake Stadium, Elise Britt and Sydney Leroux doing the damage. They will next meet Stanford, 2-1 winners Sunday over Santa Clara, this weekend.

Notable: The Bruins have now advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 for the 12th straight season.

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