Illinois Soccer's Jannelle Flaws on Hermann Watch List

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Illinois Athletics) - University of Illinois senior forward Jannelle Flaws was selected to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy watch list for the 2014 season, announced the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Wednesday. The nation's leading goal scorer from a year ago garnered preseason recognition on the list for the first time in her career.

Flaws was an offensive force throughout the 2013 season, scoring 23 goals to lead the nation along with St. John's Rachel Daly. Her 23 goals also eclipsed the previous school record of 18 by Emily Brown in 1999. Flaws was named 2013 Big Ten Forward of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region selection along with being chosen as the University of Illinois Dike Eddleman Female Athlete of the Year.

The Glenview, Illinois, native found the net in 15 of 23 games and had six multi-goal games, including hat tricks versus Illinois State and Northwestern. She also notched five game-winning goals, none bigger than her golden goal against Portland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, sending Illinois to its first Sweet 16 since 2008.

Flaws is one of two Big Ten players recognized on the list along with Penn State's Whitney Church. A total of 35 athletes were named to the watch list, including last year's winner Morgan Brian of Virginia.

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

Flaws also earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer's Preseason Best XI Second Team on Tuesday, marking her first laurel leading up to the 2014 season.

Illinois, which began training on Wednesday, will open the year with three consecutive home games. The Illini kick off the season with a showdown against Notre Dame on Aug. 22 followed by Louisville on Aug. 24 and Arizona State on Aug. 29, with all three games slated to be played at the Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Orange and Blue's only preseason exhibition is scheduled for Aug. 16 at Indiana State.
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