“Stephanie is one of the most special, unique young women I have had the privilege of working with and she has received so many awards and accolades […] because she is one of the most committed, consistent, disciplined people I have ever met,” said head coach Julie Woodward. “She is a pretty amazing person and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her.”
The Senior CLASS Award®, chosen by Division I women’s soccer coaches, national soccer media, and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and excel in the four C’s – classroom, community, character, and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award® focuses on the complete, well-rounded student-athlete in 10 NCAA sports and encourages students to use athletics as a platform to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Verdoia also earned Third Team All-American honors as voted upon by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) members, which includes coaches, administrators, referees, and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game.
“My time as a student-athlete at Seattle University for the past four years has prepared me for life after college in more ways than one,” Verdoia said. “Academically, I have been challenged and have continuously developed new perspectives and standards for myself and the world around me. As a student-athlete, I have been blessed with the amazing community that supports me and all endeavors I undertake.”
Verdoia finished her Seattle U career in 2014 rewriting the Redhawk record books as she set new program records for both career goals and points as well as a new single season record for goals.
At the national level, Verdoia was named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year while at the regional level, she was recently named NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-Region. Verdoia also earned back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year nods, ranking second in the nation in NCAA Division I goals and points at the end of the 2014 regular season.
“As I prepare to leave the comforts of Seattle University and head into a new phase of freedom, I am confident that I have a strong foundation of who I am and where I have been because of the amazing education and experience Seattle University has provided me,” Verdoia concludes.
Seattle U women’s soccer advanced to their second straight NCAA Tournament in 2014, earning the program’s first NCAA DI tournament victory at No. 23 Washington State, 2-1, in overtime in the First Round. They will look to return to the national tournament and deepen their tournament run in 2015.