The honor comes as part of the Team of the Season lists, also unveiled today, for 33 upperclassmen and 22 newcomers to women’s college soccer.
Brooks, a veteran youth national team performer, has been the backbone of the Tar Heels’ team all season, providing vital senior leadership to Anson Dorrance’s youthful squad and serving as the essential midfield cog both as a ball-winner and distributor. She also is the 2nd leading scorer on the team with 7 goals and 6 assists, going into this weekend’s College Cup.
The rookie award went to another ACC player, Duke’s Cassie Pecht, who tallied 6 goals and 15 assists from her role in Robbie Church’s midfield.
Both Brooks and Pecht were pressed for the award by a strong field of candidates, as reflected by the 1st Teams of the respective lists.
For upperclassmen, College Cup participants are a strong presence on the 1st Team. Joining North Carolina’s Brooks in that category are Penn State’s Christine Nairn (midfield) and Maya Hayes(forward), Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver and defender Alina Garciamendez, Florida State defender Kassey Kallman and Brooks’ North Carolina teammate Crystal Dunn.
On the rookie list, Notre Dame defenders Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro both made the 1st Team, along with Stanford’s Laura Liedle. Midfielders honored along with Pecht were Penn State’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Raquel Rodriguez and Alabama’s Merel Van Dongen, the SEC Freshman of the Year. Rodriguez hails from Costa Rica and Van Dongen from Holland, to add an international feel to the list.
Abby Smith of Texas got the nod as 1st Team goalkeeper, with Michele Murphy of BYU, Janine Beckie of Texas Tech, Summer Green of North Carolina and Makenzy Doniak of Virginia honored as 1st Team forwards.
The full list for both groups is as follows:
TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season – Upperclassmen
Player of the Season: Amber Brooks, North Carolina
D: Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall, BYU
D: Alina Garciamendez, Stanford
M: Amber Brooks, North Carolina
M: Kristen Mewis, Boston College
M: Christine Nairn, Penn State
F: Zakiya Bywaters, UCLA
F: Crystal Dunn, North Carolina
GK: Haley Kopmeyer, Michigan
D: Ines Jaurena, Florida State
D: Rachel Quon, Stanford
M: Aly Miller, Marquette
F: Erika Tymrak, Florida
F: Caroline Miller, Virginia
GK: Adrianna Franch, Oklahoma State
D: Kendall Johnson, Portland
D: Bry McCarthy, West Virginia
M: Holly King, Florida
F: Colleen Williams, Dayton
F: Kealia Ohai, North Carolina
TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season – Freshmen
M: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State
F: Michele Murphy, BYU
F: Ifeoma Onumona, California