Another women’s DI season is in the books, and a new champion is atop the heap.
The Penn State women’s soccer team emerged victorious this year thanks in large part to the performance of the 2015 TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Year Raquel Rodriguez.
Her leadership, performance and all-around excellence for the newly crowned national champions helped her edge talented defenders Emily Sonnett and Kadeisha Buchanan for the award. Rodriguez scored the game-winning goal in the national championship game to cap off a sensational college campaign, and a 2015 that featured her score the first World Cup goal in Costa Rica’s history.
Another player at this year’s College Cup nabbed the Freshman of the Year award: Florida State Irish ace Megan Connolly. The ACC Midfielder of the Year enjoyed a tremendous introduction to women’s college soccer, scoring nine goals and adding 10 assists for the Seminoles. Connolly also earns Third Team Best XI honors, a rarity for first year players.
The full TopDrawerSoccer.com women’s DI Best XI teams can be seen below.
Player of the Year: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State
Freshman of the Year: Megan Connolly, Florida State
TopDrawerSoccer.com Postseason Best XI Teams
Forwards: Savannah Jordan (Florida), Rachel Daly (St. John's), Makenzy Doniak (Virginia)
Midfielders: Raquel Rodriguez (Penn State), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Andi Sullivan (Stanford), Morgan Andrews (USC)
Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Emily Sonnett (Virginia), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame)
Goalkeeper: Casey Murphy (Rutgers)
Forwards: Arielle Ship (California), Rachel Hill (Connecticut), Janine Beckie (Texas Tech)
Midfielders: Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Katie Bowen (North Carolina), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech), Casie Ramsier (Auburn)
Defenders: Brianne Reed (Rutgers), Christina Gibbons (Duke), Kayla Mills (USC)
Goalkeeper: Kailen Sheridan (Clemson)
Forwards: Tyler Lussi (Princeton), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina), Murielle Tiernan (Virginia Tech)
Midfielders: Rachel Corboz (Georgetown), Emily Ogle (Penn State), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M), Megan Connolly (Florida State)
Defenders: Georgia Kearney-Perry (St. John's), Samantha Witteman (California), Erica Skroski (Rutgers)
Goalkeeper: Abby Smith (Texas)
Freshman Best XI
Forwards: Cecelia Kizer (Mississippi), Kyra Carusa (Stanford), Mimi Asom (Princeton)
Midfielders: Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford), Betsy Brandon (Virginia), Taylor Racioppi (Duke), Kaycie Tillman (Florida State)
Defenders: Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State), Alana Cook (Stanford), Julia Ashley (North Carolina)
Goalkeeper: Sarah Le Beau (Auburn)
Forwards: Kayla McCoy (Duke), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame), Emily Bates (Texas A&M)
Midfielders: Victoria Pickett (Wisconsin), Natalia Kuikka (Florida State), Michelle Xiao (Stanford), Mayra Pelayo (Florida)
Defenders: Tegan McGrady (Stanford), Courtney Petersen (Virginia), Ellie Jean (Penn State)
Goalkeeper: Ella Dederick (Washington State)