Jan. 4, 2013
Sophomore Taylor Uhl has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2012 NCAA All White Kit Forward of the Year award. Uhl is one of 13 student-athletes on the short-list for the player of the year nod. All White Kit is one of the nation’s premier women’s college soccer online publications. For the second year in a row, AWK will hand out six annual awards, including Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Forward of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Defender of the Year, and Golden Glove.
A third team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection, Uhl finished her second year with the Maroon and Gold as undoubtedly one of the best players in the nation as well as the school’s history. Uhl played 1,656 minutes for the Gophers this fall, earning starting assignments in all 20 matches this season. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native led the country with 51 points and split rank at the top with 21 goals. Adding nine assists to her goal total, Uhl finished just two points shy of Minnesota’s single season record.
Uhl joins fellow Big Ten players Tiffany Cameron (Ohio State) and Maya Hayes (Penn State) on the forward ballot. Other semifinalists include Janine Beckie (Texas Tech), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA), Renae Cuellar (Oklahoma), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State), Tesa McKibben (St. Francis (Pa.)), Carolina Miller (Virginia), Keali Ohai (North Carolina), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest), and Chioma Ubagagu and Courtney Verloo (Stanford).
To be eligible for the awards, players must have previous college experience at their current institution or be an eligible transfer. The voting panel will include All White Kit college soccer editor Chris Henderson as well as selected coaches, coupled with a fan vote between the three finalists in each category. Each field will be narrowed to three finalists on Jan. 7 with fan voting beginning on the same day. Winners will be announced on Jan. 10. For a full list of AWK Semifinalists, click here.