Costa Rica’s Rodriguez Cedeño up for U.S. honor

Costa Rica's Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño (#11) was named on December 11, 2015, as one of the three finalists for an award given to the top collegiate women's footballer in the USA. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania -- Very few players enjoyed the kind of year Penn State University and Costa Rica women’s national team star Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño had for club and country. 

Actually, it was for school and country. 

The midfielder, who scored the Ticas' first-ever goal in a FIFA Women's World Cup this past June, was announced Friday as one of the three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club women's Hermann Trophy.

That honor is awarded to the top women's college soccer player in the United States. The recipient will be named at the Missouri Athletic Club's trophy presentation in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 8. 

West Virginia University and Canada international Kadeisha Buchanan and the University of Virginia's Emily Sonnet are the other two contenders. 

At the international level, Rodriguez Cedeño tallied for Costa Rica in its FIFA Women's World Cup debut, a 1-1 draw with Spain on June 9. She performed in all three of the Central American side’s matches in the tournament in Canada. 

As PSU team captain, Rodriguez Cedeño also made an impressive impact, connecting for the lone goal in the Nittany Lions' 1-0 win over Duke University in the NCAA Division I women's championship game last week and earning Offensive Player of the Match accolades. 

She finished the season with six goals and six assists, while starting all 27 games. 

Last week, Rodriguez Cedeño was chosen to the All-America first team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. 

The 22-year-old also stood out in the classroom as evidenced by her selection to the 2015 College Sports Information of America Academic All-District Two first team.