MORGANTOWN — Two WVU women’s soccer standouts were named to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy watch list Thursday.
Senior defender Bianca St. Georges and junior goalkeeper Rylee Foster landed on the list for the first time in their careers.
The Hermann Trophy is soccer’s equivalent of the Hesiman Trophy in college football.
“This is an incredible honor,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “Not only to have one of our athletes recognized, but to have two just speaks to all of the hard work and commitment that both of these young ladies have done to be selected for the most prestigious college soccer award.”
St. Georges, a native of St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, served as a captain for the Mountaineers last fall. She started all 23 matches, finishing seventh on the team with 10 points.
Foster is set to begin her third consecutive season as the Mountaineers’ goalkeeper.
Last season, the Cambridge, Ontario, native logged the fifth-most minutes nationally and earned credit for 12 of WVU’s 13 shutouts, the most in the Big 12.
The winners will be announced on Jan. 4.
The Mountaineers were selected as the top team in the Big 12, according to a preseason vote by the league’s coaches.
WVU received eight first-place votes, earning 79 points. It’s the sixth season WVU was selected to win the conference.
Oklahoma State received one first-place vote and sits No. 2 in the preseason poll. No. 15-ranked Baylor and No. 17-ranked Texas tied for the No. 3 spot, with the Longhorns also receiving one first-place vote.
WVU opens the season at No. 4 Penn State, on Aug. 17.