Former Clay County Soccer U19 SOL player and University of Virginia Junior Morgan Brian was named the 2013 Mac Herman trophy winner, the honor awarded to the top player in women's NCAA Division I soccer. The award is the most prestigious of the four national player of the year awards proclaiming the nations best college player, Brian became the first player in UVA and Florida history to claim all four honors.
Brian was the leading scorer in the ACC this season with 46 points on 16 goals and a league-high 14 assists. She was also a first-team NSCAA All-American and scored in all four of the Cavaliers’ NCAA Tournament victories on the way to a College Cup appearance.
Brian also led Virginia to a record-setting season in 2013 where the Cavaliers set school records in goals, assists, points, and shutouts. They also set the attendance record at Klöckner Stadium and had the longest winning streak in school history, 21-0 in the regular season.
"It says a lot about the team," Brian said Tuesday. "You can't get an individual accolade unless you have a great team behind you, and you know there's three or four players on our team that could be just as deserving of the award as I am.
"Thinking about everything we did this whole season, there's so many great things to be proud of," she says. "Just like setting the UVA attendance record, which is something we all wanted to do, and being undefeated at home. We were ACC regular season champions and 13-0 in the best conference in the country, and going undefeated 21-0 in the regular season. I think that's just three things right there off the top of my head that are pretty amazing accomplishments for any team."
"That's the type of person she is" said Clay County Director Luis Torres who has coached Brian since she was 11. "She's as humble as they come and is always crediting her teammates for any achievements.
Its just one of the reasons she has achieved so much so early, she is just so well grounded and always looking forward, constantly setting higher goals for herself. I have always believed that she could be one of the best players in the world but there is a lot of work ahead of her to reach that goal and she knows that".
Most recently Morgan has been invited to the last 7 US Women's National team camps and has played in 6 games, with two starts to her credit. She also netted her first goal in a game against Mexico last November. She is currently the youngest member of the US team playing right next to such soccer greats as Abby Wombach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe and has hopes of making the next World Cup and Olympic Roster.
"I think she has a great shot at making those rosters", said Torres. She is a very special player, in my opinion the most well rounded player in the U.S., she really doesn't have a weakness that stands out, and she has an amazing soccer brain. She just knows and feels the game, which I personally know comes from the thousands of hours she put in on the training field as a kid. She would train until she just couldn't go anymore, at times just collapsing right in front of me after one of the many two hour non-stop one on one sessions. That is why I'm so extremely proud of "B", (Torres' nickname for Brian) I just know how hard she has worked for this, none of this has come easily, and she is not a natural. She is just one of the hardest working most competitive people I have ever coached, but more important is that she is an awesome person which is what I'm most proud of, and in fact all of us here at Clay County Soccer are very proud and very lucky to have "B" representing us out there.
Brian is currently with the National team at the International Algarve Cup in Lisbon, Portugal.
Posted on March 4, 2014
by Catrine Fredrikson