Men’s and women’s soccer candidates announced for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award

September 03, 2015

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (September 3, 2015) – Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Of the 60 candidates, 25 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher, four are returning All-Americans and eight are on the preseason watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in collegiate soccer. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates also have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.

Each of the two candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.

Women’s Soccer 2015 Candidates

Name Position School
Kristi Abbate Midfield George Washington University
Tara Ballay Midfielder Rider
Sierra Bonham Goalkeeper North Dakota State University
Ashley Campbell Forward University of Dayton
Caroline Casey Goalkeeper William & Mary
Jess Coates Midfielder Nicholls State University
Janae Cousineau Midfielder Texas A&M
Kelly Culicerto Midfielder Marshall University
Caroline Dwyer Defender University of Pennsylvania
Claire Emslie Forward Florida Atlantic University
Cali Farquharson Forward Arizona State University
Jackie Hall Defender University at Buffalo
Amanda Hill Midfield West Virginia University
Katie Holder Forward Army West Point
Jacie Jermier Defender Marquette
Elise Krieghoff Forward Cal Poly
Laura Liedle Defender Stanford
Livi Logan-Wood Forward Saint Louis University
Blake Martin Defender/Midfielder Houston Baptist University
Madison Mercado Forward/Midfielder Oklahoma State
Paige Nielsen Defender North Carolina
Madison Oyer Midfielder Ball State University
Brianne Reed Defense Rutgers University
Cari Roccaro Midfielder/Defender University of Notre Dame
Isabella Schmid Midfielder Florida State University
Erica Skroski Defense Rutgers University
Abby Smith Goalkeeper The University of Texas, Austin
Allie Stephenson Midfielder Oklahoma State
Nicole Waters Midfielder University of Dayton
Rebecca Wilson Forward Cal State Fullerton

Men’s Soccer 2015 Candidates

Name Position School
Amass Amankona Midfielder University of Dayton
Colin Bonner Forward UNCW
Bradley Bourgeois Defender The University of Tulsa
Biko Bradnock-Brennan Defender Charlotte
Jonathan Campbell Defender North Carolina
Mike Casey Forward Rhode Island
Mael Corboz Midfielder University of Maryland
Tyler David Defender Saint Louis Univeristy
Christian Duarte Midfielder CSU Bakersfield
Nick Edginton Defender/Midfielder Marshall University
Jack Gorab Midfield Brown University
Clint Hoffar Defender IUPUI
Femi Hollinger-Janzen Forward/Midfield Indiana University
Ryan James Midfielder Bowling Green State University
Vincent Keller Defender Creighton
Jesse Klug Forward Bucknell
Kyle MacDonald Midfielder Penn State University
Zach Mason Midfield The Ohio State University
Joshua Mercer Forward NJIT
Jamie Merriam Midfielder West Virginia
Chase Minter Midfielder Cal Poly
Trevor Morley Defender/Centerback CSUN
Cameron Niccum Defender Army West Point
Matt Pacifici Goalkeeper Davidson College
Philip Piper Defense Yale
Timo Pitter Midfielder Creighton
Nathan Steinwascher Goalkeeper University of Detroit Mercy
Scott Thomsen Midfielder/Defender Virginia
Brandon Vincent Defender Stanford
Todd Wharton Midfielder Virginia