By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona’s CoCo Goodson, a senior defender at UC Irvine, was named a Soccer America Women’s Preseason All American. She is on the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List and is a candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Goodson is the first Anteater and Big West Conference player to be a preseason All American and is also the first to be named to the MAC Watch List.
The MAC Hermann trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. It is the Heisman trophy of soccer. Voting for the MAC Hermann trophy will be in November. Three finalists will be invited to the MAC in St. Louis on Jan. 6, 2012, for a banquet where the winner will be announced.
Thirty were nominated for the Lowe’s CLASS Award and a national media committee will select 10 finalists in early October. The finalists will be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. The winner will be announced at the NCAA Division I women’s College Cup.
“(Goodson) has a tremendous work ethic that has helped her become a dominant soccer player on the field,” states her Lowe’s award. “Tasked with mentoring the younger players, Goodson was named team captain during the spring season. The squad will look to her fierce competitive drive, her understanding of what is required to be successful on the pitch and to her ability to lead and keep the group focused on its goals.”