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WVU women’s soccer star Abam a Hermann semifinalist

Created on:   Wed, Nov 29, 2017   12:23 AM

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MORGANTOWN — WVU women’s soccer senior forward Michaela Abam is one of 15 semifinalists for the 2017 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy.

The award is college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy and represents the highest level of individual achievement in the sport.

Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on Dec. 8 in conjunction with the men’s College Cup semifinals, in Philadelphia. The winners will be announced Jan. 5 at the MAC Hermann Trophy banquet, in St. Louis.

At least one WVU player has made the semifinal list each season since 2013, and Abam, a 2016 NSCAA all-America second-team honoree, is the sixth Mountaineer to make the list.

Kadeisha Buchanan, a three-time semifinalist and a two-time finalist, won the program’s first award, in 2016.

“I’m so proud and happy that Michaela’s hard work is being recognized; she earned her spot on this list,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said.

“She displayed tremendous leadership all year on the field, and I’m happy she is one of 15 semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy. This recognition is a great cap to her four-year Mountaineer career.”

Abam leaves WVU ranked No. 3 all-time, with 42 career goals, and is fourth with 100 points. She is the most experienced player in the program’s 22-year history, having earned time in 95 career matches, starting 79.

For the fourth straight season, Abam led the Mountaineers’ offense, finishing with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists.

A 2017 Senior CLASS Award finalist, Abam earned her third all-Big 12 first-team honor this season. The team co-captain also was named to the all-Big 12 championship team and the academic all-Big 12 second team.

Abam helped the Mountaineers compile a 74-11-10 record during her four seasons. WVU earned four straight bids to the NCAA tournament and finished as the 2016 NCAA national runner-up.