Aug. 21, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale captain Christina Huang has been named to the 2006 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. The complete list of 25 was compiled by a panel of coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Hermann Trophy honors the top male and female Division I college soccer players in the United States. The award is college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy.
Huang was selected as a second team NSCAA All-American last year, becoming the first Yale player since Jen Teti in 1993 to earn All-America recognition. She also was a first team All-Ivy and first team All-Region selection. In addition, SoccerBuzz named her first team All-Northeast Region and second team All-America. Huang started all 20 games for the Bulldogs and was fourth on the team in points with nine (3 goals, 3 assists).
As a sophomore, Huang was named first team all-region by both the NSCAA and SoccerBuzz and was a first team All-Ivy selection. She started all 18 games and tied for fourth on the team in scoring with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists).
As a freshman, Huang was named first team All-Ivy, NSCAA second team all-region and was selected to SoccerBuzz's Northeast Region All-Freshman team. In addition, SoccerBuzz selected her third team freshman All-American and second team All-Region.
Huang played for the Maryland Olympic Development Program for six years and was a member of the under-19 Region I team. She also played for the Bethesda Dragons, one of the top club teams in the nation. At the Sidwell Friends School Huang was three-time all-league selection and two-time team most valuable player.
Two other players on the list - UConn's Niki Cross and North Carolina's Heather O'Reilly - will visit Reese Stadium for the Yale Classic on Sept. 1 and 3. Huang is the only Ivy League player on the list.
The winner of the M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy will be determined in voting by NSCAA Division I member coaches. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in early November, with three finalists announced in late November. They will be invited to St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 2, for the announcement of the winner at a press conference to be held in conjunction with the Men's College Cup. Both the men's and women's winners will be presented the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy at a banquet later that evening.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity