KANSAS CITY — Fresh off leading the Red Raiders to the first regular season Big 12 title in program history and after a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Texas Tech soccer standouts Hannah Anderson and Madison White were both selected as Semifinalists for the 2023 Hermann Trophy, the organization announced Tuesday.
Presented by the Missouri Athletic Club and in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Association, the award honors an individual annually as the Nation Player of the Year and is determined by a coaches vote amongst the Division I coaches who are members of the United Soccer Coaches Association.
As part of Tuesday’s announcement, 15 total student-athletes were selected as Semifinalists for the 2023 edition. Tech joined fellow Big 12 foe BYU and Florida State as the only three programs to place a pair of players on the list of 15.
The ballot will be trimmed to just three student-athletes on Friday, Dec. 6, with the award winner being announced in Saint Louis on Jan. 5 at the historic Saint Louis Athletic Club.
Anderson and White have already made program history in 2023, as the duo are the first set of Red Raider teammates to be named Semifinalists in the same season. White and Anderson are the third and fourth all-time Hermann Award Semifinalist selections joining Janine Beckie and Kiersten Davis.
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Closing her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, Hannah Anderson continued to cement her status as the premiere center back in the country with her performance in 2023. Starting and playing in all 23 games this season, Anderson played all 90 minutes of a contest 18 times this season including in the Red Raiders final 10 contests of the season.
Anderson like White, helped anchor the Red Raider backline and defense that allowed just 11 goals in 23 matches and recorded 13 clean sheets in 2023.
Her impact was also felt on the offensive end of things for the Red Raiders, as the Plano native recorded a career-best five goals this season including game-winning goals against Arizona State, Texas and Oklahoma. Anderson tallied a career-best 12 points and played in a career-best 2041 minutes. The defender was named the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year, earning First Team All Big 12 honors.
The all-time leader in clean sheets in Tech history, Madison White raised her game to a new level in 2023, recording a nation-leading 13 clean sheets in 23 games played. White allowed one goal or fewer in 22 of those contests, helping lead the Red Raiders to the first outright Big 12 title in program history and to the Sweet Sixteen for just the second time in program history.
White was simply sensational in 2023, as the grad student allowed just 11 total goals on the season, recording a goals-against-average of 0.47. White’s 13 clean-sheets were a new personal-best while her save percentage of .864, was also the best of her career.
White was simply dominant in Big 12 play, as the keeper did not allow a goal at home during Big 12 play, as she allowed just two goals all season at the John Walker Soccer Complex all season.
After allowing a goal against North Texas early in the second half, White went the final 40 minutes of the UNT match, the next eight consecutive home matches and the first 70 minutes of the UNC match without conceding a goal at home. That streak when all was said and done spanned nearly 1,000 minutes of game action. White went 16-2-5 this season helping Tech clinch the outright Big 12 title and the first Round of 16 NCAA appearance since 2014.
The Rockwall native was named the 2023 Big 12 Goalkeeper of the Year and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors for the first time in her career.
Release provided by Andrew Stern Texas Tech Athletics