After a senior season in which she earned several individual accolades in addition to helping the Stanford women’s soccer team win its first NCAA championship, midfielder Teresa Noyola topped it all off by winning the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy on Friday.
For the third-straight year, a Stanford women’s soccer player won the award generally recognized as college soccer’s highest honor. And this year, Noyola’s teammate—senior forward Lindsay Taylor—finished as the runner-up to further emphasize the Cardinal’s dominance on the field.
Noyola—who was earlier named the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, College Cup Offensive MVP and Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in addition to winning the Honda Award and her third NSCAA First Team All-American honors—was part of a Stanford senior class that went 95-4-4 overall and reached the NCAA College Cup four times.
The game-winning goal that beat Duke in the championship match came off Noyola’s head, and she finished this season with nine goals and 15 assists, but it was her playmaking in the midfield for the Cardinal that drew particular praise.
An NSCAA Youth and High School All-American while at Palo Alto High School, Noyola has become the first player to earn an NSCAA individual player honor at each level—Youth Player of the Year in 2006, High School Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2007 and the Hermann Trophy and College Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.
- Miles Bennett-Smith