Teams across the nation are ready to hit the field with a clean slate in pocket and title dreams in the distant future. Take a look at some of this year’s top returning women’s soccer players as they prepare for the 2012 season.
Junior Natasha Anasi became the first Duke player to be named a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in 2011. A NSCAA All-American, she also was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, only the second in program history.
A 2011 NSCAA All-America second-team member, Aubrey Bledsoe set a Wake Forest single-season record with 14 shutouts. She was the only goalkeeper named to the All-ACC first team and finished the year with 0.74 goals against average, the second-lowest in school history.
Wake Forest Athletics
Sophomore Morgan Brian was named Soccer America’s National Freshman of the Year, the ACC Freshman of the Year and a NSCAA All-American. She was second on the squad in scoring with 11 goals and eight assists for 30 points for the Cavaliers.
Adrianna Franch, a senior goalkeeper for Oklahoma State, ranked second nationally in goals against average (0.348) and third in save percentage (0.92). Her goals against average set an OSU single season record for the NSCAA All-American.
Oklahoma State Athletics
Maya Hayes was a 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, a NSCAA All-American and the Big Ten Forward of the Year in 2011. The junior led the nation in goals (31) and points (70) and set a Penn State and Big Ten record for points in a single season.
Penn State Athletics
Senior defender Ines Jaurena, a second-team member of the NSCAA All-America Team, helped lead the Seminole defense to 12 shutouts, tied for the fourth most in school history. She finished the season with three game-winning goals.
Florida State Athletics
Julie Johnston, a junior midfielder, led the Broncos with nine goals in 2011, including four game-winners. She added four assists to have 22 points on the season and was named a NSCAA All-American.
Santa Clara Athletics
Mallory Schaffer went for 17 goals and six assists in 2011, including six game-winning goals. Her 40 points tied her for 10th all-time on the program’s single-season points list and led the league. She ranked 11th in the country in total goals and 16th in total points.
William & Mary Athletics
Becca Wann became the first Spider to be named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, leading the team in goals (15), points (109) and shots (36). A NSCAA All-American, she finished the season 13th in the nation in goals, 17th in points and fourth in game-winning tallies.