Penn State women’s soccer player Whitney Church was named one of 16 women’s semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Award on Thursday.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is collegiate soccer's most prestigious award, presented annually to one male and one female athlete. Three male and three female finalists for the award will be announced in mid-December. The winners will be named on Jan. 9.
Church is the 15th Nittany Lion named as a semifinalist for the award, marking the sixth-straight season Penn State has had a semifinalist or runner-up for the award. Christie Welsh is the only Penn State athlete to win the honor in 2001.
In her senior season, Church was named the Big Ten Defender of the Year for the second time in three seasons. She led Penn State to its 17th Big Ten regular-season title and to its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Nittany Lions (20-4-0) advanced to the Elite Eight for the 10th time in program history, falling 2-1 at Texas A&M.
Church concludes her career as Penn State’s leader in minutes played (8,243). She led a defense which allowed more than one goal just twice and posted nine shutouts. She also scored a goal against Ohio State and assisted on the game-winner against Nebraska.
Fan voting for the award is at www.machermanntrophy.lockerdome.com.