Salazar Named to MAC Hermann Watch List
LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas senior Liana Salazar was one of 28 women in Division I NCAA soccer to be selected to the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy, which is considered the most prestigious award in collegiate soccer.
Salazar, who hails from Bogota, Colombia, will enter this season coming off a stellar junior campaign in 2014. An honoree on the NSCAA All-American Third Team, Salazar scored a team-high 13 goals and added four assists to combine for 30 total points on the year, the second-most in the Big 12 Conference. She was picked unanimously by the league’s coaches to the All-Big 12 First Team and was also added to the NSCAA’s All-Central Region First Team. Salazar added four game-winning goals on the year and helped the Jayhawks to their best record in a decade, finishing 15-6-0 and helping Kansas make the program’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.
Salazar is just five goals shy from moving to No. 2 on Kansas’ all-time goal scorers list with 21. She also is ranked among the top-10 Jayhawks all-time in points, game-winning goals, shots and shots on goal.
Near the end of the collegiate regular season, NCAA Division I coaches will vote on their top choices and the list will be narrowed down to the top-15 players. Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the selection process by voting for their favorite semifinalist in November at the MAC Hermann Trophy website.
Salazar and the rest of her KU teammates began preseason practice Wednesday, and have just one week to prepare for their first outings of 2015, a pair of exhibitions against Drake (Aug. 12) and North Dakota State (Aug. 16), both at Rock Chalk Park. Kansas will kick off the regular season at Nebraska on Aug. 21.
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