Two Big Ten Players Named To 2004 Women's Soccer MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 11, 2004
Park Ridge, IL - Illinois' Leisha Alcia and Penn State's Tiffany Weimer, both First Team All-Big Ten selections last year, have been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2004 women's soccer season. Both Alcia and Weimer are among the top 25 players in the nation entering this upcoming season being considered for the most prestigious individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.
Alcia, who earned first team All-America accolades by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Soccerbuzz and CSTV last year, helped lead Illinois to its best season in school history. The senior goalkeeper played all but 17 minutes for the Illini in 2003, posting 12 solo shutouts and becoming the UI career leader in shutouts (16), saves (256) and goals against average (1.14). Alcia, who helped the Illini capture their first Big Ten Tournament title in school history, ranked eighth in the nation and led the Big Ten with a goals against average of 0.54.
Weimer, who scored in every Conference game except one in 2003 while setting every school scoring record for a sophomore, returns to be the core of the Nittany Lions' offense this season. After tallying 21 goals and nine assists a year ago, the junior forward will help Penn State vie for its seventh-straight Big Ten championship in 2004. Last season, Penn State's Joanna Lohman finished second in the MAC Hermann Trophy voting.
The Watch List was compiled by a coaching panel for the NSCAA, which serves as the official selection body for the MAC's Hermann Trophy. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in November, with three finalists selected in early December. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 8, 2005.