Dec. 10, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia senior midfielder Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.) was named one of the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for Soccer on Wednesday. The award, given by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA), is annually given to the nation’s top player in 12 women’s sports.
Brian joins Dagny Brynjarsdottir of Florida State, Shea Groom of Texas A&M and Sam Mewis of UCLA as this year’s soccer nominees. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Honda Sports award winner for soccer will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup.
Brian had 10 goals and 14 assists this season, appearing in 18 games as the Cavaliers reached the NCAA final for the first time. The first three-time NSCAA first-team All-American in Virginia history, she is a semifinalist for this year’s MAC Hermann Trophy after winning the award last season. Brian missed eight games this season because of international duty as she was the only collegiate player on the United States Women’s National Team for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament in October. Upon her return to the lineup, she was the leading scorer in this year’s NCAA Tournament with four goals and nine assists, including tying the NCAA Tournament single-game record with five assists in the 8-0 first-round victory over High Point.
Brian is a nominee for the award for the second consecutive year. Last year she became the first Cavalier soccer player to be a nominee for the Honda Award.