Dec. 3, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Stanford forward Kelley O'Hara is one of five candidates for the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
The record-setting O'Hara, who has shattered Stanford season records for goals (25) and points (63), has led the Cardinal into the NCAA College Cup for the second consecutive season. She also is leading the nation in both categories.
The following are the candidates:
Kelley O'Hara, Stanford, sr., F
Tobin Heath, UNC, sr., M
Sydney Leroux, UCLA, so., F
Christine Nairn, Penn State, fr., M
Katie Shoepfer, Penn State, sr., F
The finalists were nominated on the basis of: a) competing and excelling at the highest level (both at the national team and professional level) during the calendar year; b) exhibiting decorum on and off the field that reflects well on U.S. Soccer; and c) contributing toward the growth, development, credibility and popularization of soccer in the USA. A player can only win a Youth Athlete award once in her career.
Voting has already begun on ussoccer.com, with fans having the opportunity to make their selections once a day from now until Dec. 13.
Online votes will be tallied and equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from national team coaches to the National Board of Directors).
To vote, click here.
O'Hara and her Cardinal teammates are in College Station, Texas, for the College Cup. Stanford plays UCLA in the semifinals Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN360.com.