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Dec. 18, 2007

21 women nominated for online fan voting

USC's Kristen Olsen is one of the local nomineess for the UMBRO/Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Year Award
USC's Kristen Olsen is one of the local nomineess for the UMBRO/Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Year Award
Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information
Twenty-one of the nationís top womenís college soccer players have been named finalists for the Umbro/Soccer News Net Player of the Year Award.

The editors of each of the six sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to three local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the Umbro regional player of the year award. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within each siteís coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country.

Three 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 Tuesday December 18 and run through Wednesday December 26. Voting will be conducted on Big Apple Soccer (, ChicagoLand Soccer News ( ), LA Soccer News (, New England Soccer News, Philly Soccer News ( and Dallas Soccer News. (

Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the editorial staffs of the six web sites, as well as from sponsor Umbro.

The nominated athletes are:

ChicagoLand Soccer
Kristin Arnold, forward, Indiana University
Cynthia Morote-Ariza, forward, Loyola-Chicago
Brittany Bock, forward, Notre Dame

Big Apple
Sue Weber, defender, Hofstra University
Christina DiMartino, forward, UCLA (Massapequa, NY)
Yael Averbuch, midfielder, North Carolina (Upper Montclair, NJ)

Philly Soccer
Jillian Loyden, goalkeeper, Villanova
Kylee Rossi, forward, Tennessee (Pennington, NJ)
Alyssa Naeher, goalkeeper, Penn State

New England Soccer News
Meghan Schnur, midfielder, Connecticut
Brittany Taylor, defender, Connecticut
Katie Schoepfer, forward, Penn State (Waterford, Ct)

Los Angeles Soccer News
Lauren Cheney, forward, UCLA
Amy Rodriguez, forward, USC
Kristin Olsen, goalkeeper, USC

Dallas Soccer News
Ashlee Pistorius, forward, Texas A&M
Kasey Moore, defender, Texas
Kerri Hanks, forward, Notre Dame, (Allen, Texas)

At Large
Mami Yamaguchi, forward, Florida State
Ashley Banks, forward, West Virginia
Angie Woznuk, forward, Portland

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