Soccer Pair On Hermann Watch Lists
Aug. 11, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Men's soccer goalkeeper Avery Steinlage (Grand Haven, Mich.) and women's soccer forward Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) have each been named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for the 2010 season. Considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Watch Lists - 39 men and 45 women's players from around the United States - is released in advance of the season. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on January 7, 2011, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following.
"This is a fantastic honor for Avery," noted men's head coach Damon Rensing. "He's performed well and will be a leader for us this season. It's nice that both he and Laura are getting this recognition - it is a testament to what they have achieved so far, and it's also fantastic for Michigan State to have two players of their caliber be recognized. "
Steinlage, a two-time All-Big Ten first-team selection, is making a case to be considered among the all-time great goalkeepers in Michigan State history. He ranks first in the career annals in save percentage (.897), second in goals against average (0.55), and fifth in shutouts (17). He ranks twice in the top 10 in all single-season marks as well, and last season he set the NCAA shutout streak record at 1,318:26 - surpassing the old mark by more than 340:00.
"We're thrilled for Laura that she has received this well-earned distinction, and I know that she's anxious to get back on the field after having her sophomore season cut short," added women's head coach Tom Saxton. "Two very worthy candidates were selected from Michigan State, and both should be proud to be in this select company. I know that we're very proud to have them represent Spartan soccer."
Heyboer returns to the field this fall after missing the last five games of 2009 with injury. The dynamic striker is a two-time NSCAA All-American (Third Team), and enters her junior season as one of just two players in MSU history to earn back-to-back First Team All-Big Ten honors. She ranks sixth all-time at MSU in points (39 GP, 29g, 14a, 72 pts), tied for fourth in goals and 13th in assists. Michele Wise's all-time MSU scoring mark is within Heyboer's reach, as she compiled 39 goals and 21 assists for 99 points from 1986-89.
The women's soccer team plays its first exhibition match of the season this Saturday at Central Michigan at 6 p.m. The Spartans officially begin their 2010 season on Aug. 20-22 at the Aggieland Invitational at Texas A&M, where they will tangle with St. John's and preseason No. 1 North Carolina. Michigan State did receive votes in the preseason NSCAA National Poll. The men's team is the NSCAA preseason No. 24, and begins camp next Tuesday; the squad will play a Green & White game on Wednesday (Aug. 18) with an autograph session for fans to follow. The team will play a pair of exhibition contests: against Bradley at Kentwood (Mich.) High School on Aug. 21 and against Duke at the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Aug. 29. The Spartans' first official game of the season comes on Sept. 3 at ACC foe Maryland, ranked sixth in the NSCAA poll.
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