After a magical season that resulted in the Nittany Lions winning a National Championship for the first time, the awards piled on for Erica Walsh's women. The most coveted award in college soccer, the MAC Hermann trophy, is given to the best player in both women's and men's college soccer. This year, it finds a home in Happy Valley for the first time, deservedly going to Raquel Rodriguez
Stanford’s Jordan Morris and Penn State’s Raquel Rodriguez Named the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy Recipients. Read More: https://t.co/zIWFPxAeKg— MAC Hermann Trophy (@HermannTrophy) January 9, 2016
Rodriguez had a 2015 to remember, becoming Costa Rica's first goalscorer ever in the Women's World Cup and dominating the tournament for Las Ticas, playing the full 270 minutes of their three matches. Upon returning home, the woman known as Rocky (or Raqui) established herself as the most dangerous player in the country, and perhaps the best in program history for the Nittany Lions. She scored six goals and tallied six assists, playing in all 27 matches.
The entire offense ran through her, with brilliant vision, picturesque long balls and dribbling that makes her one of the toughest players on earth to stop one-on one coalescing into an absolute monster of a season. She can add it to the trophy case, as Rodriguez was also named an NSCAA First Team All-American, the NSCAA Player of the Year, the Honda Sport Award Winner, TopDrawerSoccer's Player of the Year, an NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American, and the College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive player en route to a national championship. It is one of the most impressive season in the history of Penn State athletics.
Stanford and USMNT forward Jordan Morris won for the men (please, hold your Tree memes). Previous winners of the award include footballing luminaries such as Mia Hamm, Morgan Brian, Christen Press, Christine Sinclair, and Kelley O'Hara.