Penn State senior Raquel Rodriguez was honored with the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy which goes to the top NCAA Division I college soccer player. Rodriguez is the second Nittany Lion player to win the premier honor. Christie Welsh received the honor in 2001.
The award caps of an incredible season for Rodriguez and Penn State. Previously she was honored as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar Player of the Year, a NSCAA First Team All-American and of course helped lead her squad to the 2015 national championship.
"It is just a huge honor," explained. "This trophy is not just mine, it is really the work of so many people, including my coaches, my teammates, my family and friends, but most importantly, God. I understand these blessings come from Him. Aside from that, it is an honor to win this trophy; it is just a prestigious award to receive. I know that there have been so many great soccer players that have won this award. I am honored and very grateful."
"On behalf of the Pennsylvania State University, I would like to thank the NSCAA, and the Missouri Athletic Club for hosting and presenting Raquel Rodriguez with the Hermann Trophy honoring the top college soccer player in the country," head coach Erica Walsh said. "Raquel's career at Penn State has been nothing short of remarkable and her impact on this community will be felt for years to come. Raquel's exceptional talent, leadership and drive was pivotal in the winning of our program's first ever national championship this year. After three highly successful years as a starter, her senior year was undoubtedly her best and we're all extremely proud of her exemplary work both on the field and in the classroom. Raquel made everyone a better person a regular basis and we are all truly blessed to have had the opportunity to watch her grow over these past four years. Her future is indeed very bright and the entire Penn State family will surely be following her closely."