The domination of the Penn State Women’s Soccer team continues once again before the 2013 season has officially started — two players have been named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, granted to the best collegiate soccer player every year.
Senior forward Maya Hayes and Junior defender Whitney Church were added to the official watch list on Tuesday afternoon, along with 29 other women and 34 men across the country. By the end of the season, the numbers are whittled to three-a-gender and the winners are named at the annual banquet in St. Louis.
Hayes, who was the 2nd leading scorer on the team in 2012, was named to the watch list twice before. She made it to the second round as a semi-finalist when she was a sophomore in 2011, and the final round as a finalist in 2012 alongside teammate Christine Nairn. Last year’s award went to Crystal Dunn of UNC, who also returns this year for her senior season.
Church was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2011 and was named Big Ten Defender of the year in 2012. This is her first time on the watch list.
The last, and only, Penn State player to win the award was Christie Welsh in 2001, who ended her Penn State career with 82 goals (still a Big Ten record).