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US Youth Soccer ODP a Common Thread Among Soccer America’s NCAA Women’s Postseason Awards

December 22, 2010 09:00 PM
Soccer America has released their 2010 NCAA Division I Women's postseason awards and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) was a common thread as 42 of the 46 players awarded, as well as the Coach of the Year, are US Youth Soccer ODP alumni. Two of the four players not involved with US Youth Soccer ODP grew up outside of the United States.

The 2010 Women's Player of the Year, forward Christen Press of Stanford, was a US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP member and current U-23 U.S. National Team member.  Press led the nation this year in goals (26), points (60) and game-winning goals (10). Press also set school records for career goals (71), career assists (41) and points (183).  During her youth career, Press played in four US Youth Soccer National Championship games with Slammers FC of Cal-South. She won the Golden Boot for most outstanding player as she led Slammers to the 2003 U-14 title. In 2005, Slammers once again claimed the national crown as U-16s, and in 2007 (U-18) and 2008 (U-19) fell in the championship match to Force FC of Michigan in what was considered one of the best rivalries in recent history.

North Carolina defender Crystal Dunn, who played in six different countries during her five-years as a member of the US Youth Soccer ODP Region I team, was awarded Freshman of the Year. Dunn, also a member of the U-20 U.S. National Team, played club soccer for Albertson 91 Fury of Eastern New York and won the 2009 State Championship before falling in the Region I championship match to the eventual national runner-up, PDA Fire of New Jersey.

Brian Pensky, head coach at Maryland, is the 2010 Women's Coach of the Year.  Pensky has been involved with Maryland ODP since 1997 and led two Maryland ODP Girls teams to Regional ODP Championships and one to the regional finals. Pensky also coached for the Bethesda Soccer Club from 1991-1999.

Twenty-two players earned Soccer America MVP First and Second Team honors, 21 of which were US Youth Soccer ODP players. On the All-Freshman First and Second Teams, 19 of the 22 players are US Youth Soccer ODP alums, two of the players who were not involved in ODP grew up outside of the U.S.

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