Five Big Ten Players Named To 2005 Women's Soccer MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 25, 2005
Park Ridge, Ill. - Ohio State's Lara Dickenmann and Melissa Miller, and Penn State's Natalie Jacobs, Erin McLeod and Tiffany Weimer have been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2005 women's soccer season. These athletes are among the top 25 players in the nation entering this upcoming season being considered for the most prestigious individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.
Weimer, last year's MAC Hermann Trophy runner-up and second-consecutive first team NSCAA All-American, earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2004. The senior scored in 20 of 23 games and had a 13-game scoring streak last season. She posted a nation's-best 26 goals, averaged 1.13 goals per game and was second in the nation with points-per-game average of 2.78. Weimer started every game for Penn State and claimed Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week six times.
Jacobs, a 2004 All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year helped lead the Nittany Lions' defense that only allowed 0.47 goals per game. The senior defender helped post 10 consecutive and 15 overall shutouts last season. She helped lead Penn State to eight victories over Top 25 teams.
McLeod, who earned 2004 All-America and first team All-Big Ten honors as a goalkeeper, had eight regular-season conference shutouts and ranked second in the nation for a goals against average of 0.43. She shutout 11 opponents while helping lead Penn State to a 19-3-1 record and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Dickenmann was the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned NSCAA second team All-America, SoccerBuzz.com first team All-America and All-Freshman team honors. The Buckeye led her team with six game-winning goals and became the all-time single season leader in three different categories last season. She had 13 goals, 12 assists and 38 points, while helping her team record its best results in team history at 19-4-3.
Melissa Miller joins teammate Dickenmann on the 2005 MAC Herman Trophy Watch List. The center back was a second team All-Big Ten, second team NSCAA All-American and first team Great Lakes Regional selection. She has started 47 consecutive games while compiling a career total 15 points.
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. 6, 2006.
The 2005 Big Ten women's soccer season opens on Friday, August 26 with all Conference teams in action.