OVERLAND Park, Kan. – Stanford All-America goalkeeper Emily Oliver has been named one of 30 candidates from around the country for the annual Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer.
Senior CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School and honors those who have exhibited excellence in four areas – community, classroom, character, and competition.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists in October. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
A spokesperson for the award emphasized that the group of nominees was “extremely competitive” and described the decision-making process as “difficult,” with many worthy candidates were unable to make the candidates list.
Oliver is majoring in human biology with a concentration in human performance, and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.46.
Oliver is a three-time NCAA College Cup All-Tournament selection and was the 2011 College Cup Defensive MVP. She earned NSCAA third-team All-America honors in 2011 and was a first-team choice by Top Drawer Soccer in 2012.
She is a three-time all-conference choice, with two first-team All-Pac-12 selections. Her career goals against average is 0.34, which is on pace to break the school record of 0.45 held by current U.S. national team goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. Oliver also has 26 career shutouts, fifth on Stanford's all-time list.
In 2011, Oliver won Stanford's Arthur F. Dauer Memorial Sports Performance Award, which honors the student-athlete who gives their best each day on and off the field, but also makes their teammates better through their positive attitude, work ethic, and consistent commitment to strength and conditioning.
Oliver also has been involved in charities such as Habitat for Humanity and Reading is Fundamental, and in the community by speaking to elementary school children and with events such as Swim With Mike, which raises money for physically challenged athletes.
Oliver could become the fifth Stanford finalist since 2009. Previous finalists were Kelley O’Hara (2009), Christen Press (2010), Teresa Noyola (2011), and Mariah Nogueira (2012).