Lorton’s Andi Sullivan wins Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s best player
At this time final 12 months, Andi Sullivan’s hovering soccer profession was on maintain as she recovered from main knee surgical procedure.
On Friday, the Lorton, Va., native culminated a triumphant return by including the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s final particular person prize, to the NCAA championship she received with Stanford final month. The senior midfielder is prone to be part of the Washington Spirit, both by nationwide staff allocation or as the No. 1 decide within the National Women’s Soccer League draft on Jan. 18 in Philadelphia.
She is the primary girl from the D.C. space to win the award since Mia Hamm (Lake Braddock High School, University of North Carolina) in 1992 and ’93. Last 12 months, Wake Forest’s Ian Harkes, a Gonzaga High grad from Fairfax, received the boys’s honor.
Sullivan — a central midfielder who attended South County High School and excelled on the membership degree for McLean Youth Soccer — has already made seven appearances for the U.S. senior nationwide staff after representing youth groups for a few years. She was invited to Jill Ellis’s winter coaching camp beginning Saturday in Carson, Calif., holding her on observe for a spot on the 2019 Women’s World Cup squad.
Sullivan tore an ACL throughout the 2016 NCAA match however returned this 12 months to captain the Cardinal to its second College Cup title. She was a first-team all-American 3 times and Hermann Trophy finalist the final two seasons. In final month’s nationwide championship match, she scored within the Three-2 victory over UCLA in Orlando.
The different Hermann finalists this 12 months had been UCLA sophomore midfielder Jessie Fleming (London, Ontario) and South Carolina senior ahead Savannah McCaskill (Chapin, S.C.).
Wake Forest ahead Jon Bakero, son of former Spanish nationwide staff ahead Jose Mari Bakero, received the boys’s award, beating out Stanford senior defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Matthews, N.C.) and Indiana defender Grant Lillard (Hinsdale, Ill.) Bakero had 16 objectives and 14 assists for a national-best 46 factors. He has signed with MLS and will likely be obtainable within the Jan. 19 draft in Philadelphia.