TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Ines Jaurena was once again honored for an outstanding 2012 season as the senior defender was named one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award for soccer as announced on Tuesday, December 11.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 2012 Honda Award for soccer went to North Carolina’s Crystal Dunn, who led the Tar Heels to the national championship in San Diego. The other two finalists for the award were Stanford’s Alina Garciamendez-Rowold and Penn State’s Christine Nairn. The recipient of the Honda Award was chosen by a vote from 1,000 NCAA member schools.
Jaurena started all 24 games in the backline for Florida State in leading the Seminoles to the College Cup for the second consecutive year and sixth time overall. FSU’s defense ranked as one of the nation’s best in 2012 finishing the year ranked in the top 40 in three categories including shutout percentage (2nd - 0.708), goals against average (12th - .619) and save percentage (36th - .839). The Seminoles posted a school-record 17 shutouts in 2012 and also set the school record for the lowest goals against average (0.62), while tying the record for the fewest goals allowed at 15.
Offensively, the French native ranked sixth on the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists including a career-high three game-winning goals. She registered the second most minutes played on the team with 2,114.
Jaurena wrapped up a stellar playing career at Florida State earning first team NSCAA All-America accolades, while being honored as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. A three-time all-conference honoree, Jaurena was named to the All-ACC first team for the second year in a row in 2012.
With the recognition, Jaurena joins an elite group becoming just the third Florida State soccer player to be named a finalist for the Honda Award. India Trotter was the program’s first finalist in 2006 followed a year later by Mami Yamaguchi (2007).
The CWSA has honored the nation's top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing not only superior athletic skills, but also leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Honda has been a sponsor of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for the past 27 years. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.