KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UConn women’s soccer seniors Rachel Hill and Stephanie Ribeiro were selected as semifinalists in consideration for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Tuesday.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967. Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on December 14 at the conclusion of voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches.
Hill and Ribeiro helped UConn to its second American Athletic Conference Championship and regular season title in three years and the Huskies’ third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.
The 2016 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Ribeiro put together one of the most impressive seasons in UConn history. Her 56 points, including 21 goals and 14 assists, led both the team and the nation. The Pawtucket, R.I. native climbed her way into the UConn record book after joining “The 100 Point Club”, becoming just the 11th student-athlete in program history to reach the 100 career point milestone. After tallying a combined 47 points in her first three active seasons at UConn, Ribeiro racked up 56 points in her senior season to finish her career with 103 points.
Starting in all 23 games for the Huskies, Ribeiro finished fifth for most points scored in a single season and tied for third for most goals scored in a single season. She also tied the previous record for most goals scored by a senior. All of the record holders who sit above or are tied with Ribeiro for single season records all played prior to 2000.
The 2016 American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year and a 2015 MAC Hermann semifinalist, Hill closed out her four-year career as one of the most decorated players in UConn history. After eclipsing the 100-point milestone as a junior, Hill spent her senior season working her way up the record book. Her 38 points this season marked a career-high for Hill. She tied her career-best 16 goals for a third-straight season this year, but added a personal best six assists to finish with 38 combined points.
The Rollinsford, N.H. native concluded her career fourth in the UConn record book for overall career points with 140 and second for all-time career goals with 61. After starting in all 23 matches for the Huskies, Hill finished in the top -10 nationally in total goals and top-15 in total points. Hill was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player by the league and earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference All-Tournament team after she notched the game-winning goal to claim the championship for the Huskies in a 1-0 decision over SMU in the final.
The 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 6, 2017 to formally announce this year’s winners.