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Aly Wagner named top U.S. women's college soccer player, joins eight Broncos on WCC All-Academic teams

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Dec. 12, 2002 -- Santa Clara University women's soccer All-American Aly Wagner today was named the winner of the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, presented to the top female player in NCAA Division I soccer.

Wagner also is one of four finalists for the 2002 Honda Soccer Award, announced this week by the Honda Awards Program, which picks the top female athlete in each college sport. She won the Honda award last year. The nomination means the Honda Awards program will donate $1,000 to SCU's women's athletic fund. This soccer award winner is to be announced Dec. 18. 

The Hermann Trophy was selected by a vote of current National Soccer Coaches Association of America members, the first year that the national award represented a merger of what had been three separate national awards. Wagner had been a finalist in 2000 and 2001

She also joined eight other SCU student athletes on the 2002 West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic team announced this afternoon: Benjamin Gauen and Dominic Ricci from men's cross country; Milena Basile and Robin Bell from women's cross country; Will Weatherly from men's soccer; and Chrissy Hirsch, Megan Johnston and Becky Potter from volleyball were among the 57 athletes honored by the conference.

To qualify for the scholar-athlete teams, each athlete had to earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, and be a significant contributor to his or her team.

Wagner, a senior midfielder from San Jose, Calif. who attended Presentation High School, helped lead the Broncos to last Sunday's 2002 College Cup title match, where they fell in double overtime to Portland, 2-1. She also helped the U.S. Women's National Team to the Gold Cup title and a berth in next year's Women's World Cup in China.

Wagner is the third SCU player to win Player of the Year honors. Mandy Clemens captured the Hermann Trophy and M.A.C. award in 1999; Brandi Chastain was the 1990 Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America Player of the Year. Wagner had been a finalist for both the M.A.C. and Hermann Awards in 2000 and 2001.

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<p>Senior Aly Wagner wins national soccer and WCC academic honors.</p>

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