West Chester Native in the Mix for National Player of the Year in College Soccer

Image of Phoebe McClernon via the University of Virginia Media Relations.

West Chester native Phoebe McClernon, a senior at the University of Virginia, is one of 61 soccer players across the country on the Women’s Watch List for the 2019 Hermann Trophy.

The Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the male and female players of the year.

Fifteen semifinalists will be named for the Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches, and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award. The winner will be announced in early January at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

As a junior in 2018, McClernon, a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, led the Cavaliers to a 16-5-1 record and was named a third-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. The 5-foot-7 defender played a team-leading 1,857 minutes that season and helped post 10 shutouts.

As a youngster, McClernon played club soccer with the West Chester-based Penn Fusion.

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