Led by Yael Averbuch (Upper Montclair, N.J.) and Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.) of North Carolina and Kerri Hanks (Allen, Texas) of Notre Dame, the four teams that reached the NCAA Women's College Cup placed a total of 11 players on the 2006 NSCAA/adidas Division I All-America team.
O'Reilly claims her fourth All-America honor, tops among the players on this year's squad. Earning the honor for the second time were Hanks and Irish teammate Jen Buczkowski (Elk Grove, Ill.), Penn State's Ali Krieger (Dumfries, Va.), Florida State's India Trotter (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Danesha Adams (Shaker Heights, Ohio) of UCLA, Boston College's Laura Georges (Versailles, France) and Portland's Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.).
The team reflects a strong youth movement, with 11 sophomores (highlighted by Hermann Trophy finalists Averbuch and Hanks) and one freshman, UCLA's Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), a two-time NSCAA/adidas National Player of the Year (high school and youth) in 2005.
|2006 NSCAA / adidas Women's D-I All-America Team|
|D||Ali Krieger*||Sr.||Penn State|
|D||Kelly Rowland||Sr.||Florida State|
|M||Yael Averbuch||So.||North Carolina|
|M||Yolanda Odenyo||Jr.||Oklahoma State|
|F||Kerri Hanks*||So.||Notre Dame|
|F||Heather O'Reilly||Sr.||North Carolina|
|F||India Trotter*||Sr.||Florida State|
|D||Jessica Maxwell||Jr.||North Carolina|
|M||Jen Buczkowski*||Sr.||Notre Dame|
|M||Selin Kuralay||Jr.||Florida State|
|F||Ashlee Pistorius||Jr.||Texas A&M|
|D||Laura Georges||Sr.||Boston College|
|M||Sheree Gray||So.||Penn State|
|F||Katie Larkin||So.||Brigham Young|
(* denotes repeat selection)
Founded in 1941, the NSCAA has grown into the nation's largest coaching organization regardless of sport. Its 17,000 members coach at all levels of the game and are dedicated to coaching education as well as recognizing achievement in soccer. The NSCAA's annual convention is "The World's Largest Gathering of Soccer Coaches."