Katy Frierson Placed On Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 11, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Already touted as one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference, Auburn's Katy Frierson has been recognized as one of the top players in the nation for the upcoming soccer season as she was placed on the prestigious 2010 Hermann Trophy Watch List. Given to the top player in the nation by the Missouri Athletic Club, she is the first player from Auburn to be placed on the initial Watch List.
"We are obviously thrilled to have Katy placed on the Hermann Watch List," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "It is a testament not only to her ability but also to her work rate and what she has done so far at Auburn. It's also a great testament to our program. It's great to see an Auburn player recognized in this way."
A junior midfielder from Homewood, Frierson has more than lived up to the hype that surrounded her when she signed with Auburn out of Homewood High School and the BUSA 90 club program. In just two seasons she has already shown that she is one of the top playmaking midfielders to ever don an Auburn uniform as she ranks seventh in school history in assists for a career (17) and is just outside the top 10 for career goals (14) and points (45).
"This is a huge honor," Frierson said. "It's just speculation at the beginning of the year (as to who the best players in the country are), but It says a lot about how well our team has been doing and the expectations that the team has for this season."
The No. 7-ranked recruit in the nation by SoccerBuzz when she signed with Auburn, she has been named the 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year, been a First Team All-SEC selection as both a freshman and sophomore, was a SoccerBuz Freshman All-American and a member of the Soccer America All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, she was named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team as she led the team with 10 assists and 20 points, helping Auburn to a fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a berth in the SEC Tournament semifinals, Auburn's first since 2005.
"Katy has exceeded the expectations that we had for her coming in as one of the top recruits in the country," Hoppa said. "She came in immediately as a freshman and was deservedly so the SEC Freshman of the Year. She led our team and the conference in goals as a freshman and she has only gotten better from there. Last year she was a better player than her freshman year. She controlled the tempo of every game and drew a lot of attention from our opponents. The exciting thing is she got better from her freshman to her sophomore year and we expect an even bigger jump for her junior year."
No player from the Southeastern Conference has ever won the Hermann Trophy but Auburn does have some history with the award as Hoppa was a finalist in 1990 when she was named the Adidas/ISAA and NCAA Goalkeeper of the Year while a senior at Central Florida.
The 2010 watch list has 44 players on it, three of which play in the SEC. Of the 44 players, 19 are seniors, 15 are juniors and 10 are sophomores. There are 16 forwards listed, 18 midfielders, six defenders and four goalkeepers.
Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.
Last year's winner was senior forward Kelley O'Hara of Stanford.
The Missouri Athletic Club has been presenting college soccer's players of the year awards since 1986.
Auburn opens its 2010 season on Friday, Aug. 20 at home against Tennessee Tech. The match is set to kickoff at 7pm CT.
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