Memphis Women's Soccer Team Places Two on 2010 Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 11, 2010
Memphis, Tenn. – Memphis senior forward Ashley Berra and senior midfielder Vendula Strnadova have been named to the 45-player watch list for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy as announced Wednesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA).
Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). 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 Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference in January where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following.
“Not only is this a good honor for the individual student-athletes, it is a huge honor for our program,” said head coach Brooks Monaghan. “Vendula and Ashley definitely deserve this recognition. We have extremely high expectations for these two student-athletes and hopefully they do what it takes to get on that final list. We are a program that as we are happy for the individual student-athlete, we know that it takes more than one or two athletes to win a championship. Again, I am very happy for these two ladies and their well-deserved accomplishments.”
Memphis is one of five schools (along with Florida State, Oklahoma State, Penn State and North Carolina) to place two players on this year’s Hermann Trophy Watch List. Boston College, Notre Dame, Portland, Stanford and UCLA each had three players selected to the watch list. Berra and Strnadova are the first Lady Tigers named to the watch list in program history and only Conference USA student-athletes selected.
Berra, who was also named C-USA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was a preseason All-C-USA selection, rang up 15 goals and eight assists in 2009, ranking first in the conference in both goals and points. She collected NSCAA All-American honors, C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-C-USA honors in 2009.
Strnadova, who joins Berra on the preseason All-C-USA team, had five goals and four assists in 23 matches last season. She was a first team All-C-USA selection for the third-straight season and NSCAA All-Central Region First Team honoree in 2009.
Memphis will kick-off its quest for a fourth-straight NCAA appearance with an exhibition match at Western Kentucky on Fri. Aug. 13 at 5:00 p.m. Following the preseason match, the Lady Tigers will open their 2010 regular season schedule at Saint Louis on Aug. 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Memphis opens the 11-match home schedule on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. against Samford at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Season tickets to both men’s and women’s soccer matches are available for $40 by calling (901) 678-2331.