Dec. 9, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - For the first time in her stellar career, Stanford senior forward Kelley O'Hara was named a first-team All-American by the NSCAA, the coaches' organization that selects the official All-American teams.
O'Hara was one of four Stanford players selected to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. In addition, junior forward Christen Press was selected to the second team, and senior defender Ali Riley and freshman midfielder Mariah Nogueira were third-team choices.
O'Hara, the national leader in goals (26) and points (65), was a second-team selection the past two years. This season, she led the Cardinal to a 25-1 record and a berth in the NCAA championship final, teaming with Press to form the highest-scoring tandem in the country.
Press, an NSCAA All-American for the first time, scored 21 goals, had a school-record 16 assists, and totaled 58 points - the second-highest season total in Stanford history, behind O'Hara's. Press scored five goals in six NCAA Tournament matches, including the overtime winner that beat UCLA in the semifinals.
Riley, a left outside back, led the Stanford defense to 14 shutouts and a 0.57 goals-against average and aided in the attack with her speed and overlapping runs.
Nogueira, the 2009 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, scored five goals and had five assists to tie for fourth on the team scoring list despite playing a defensive midfielder role. Nogueira proved herself to be one of the best headers of the ball in the college game and a target on set pieces, as well as a strong presence on defense.
To see the entire NSCAA All-American list, click here.