Santa Clara’s Henninger Named Among NCAA’s Best Soccer Players

Santa Clara’s Henninger Named Among NCAA’s Best Soccer Players

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Santa Clara University junior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger has been named to the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Women's Hermann Trophy Watch List, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Henninger is one of just five goalkeepers among the 45 players selected for the award's preseason watch list. The honor is considered the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by NCAA Division I coaches who are members of the NSCAA.

Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.

Henninger was recently named an All-West Coast Conference player in the league's preseason polls. Henninger and her Santa Clara Bronco team enter the 2010 season ranked No. 9 nationally in the NSCAA Top 25. A year ago, Henninger helped SCU advance into the NCAA College Cup tournament's third round.

The Broncos are preparing to begin the 2010 season this Friday, August 20, with a home match against San Diego State at 7 p.m.