By the time she left Georgia and headed to Charlottesville, most of the women's soccer world knew how good Morgan Brian would be at the collegiate level.
Tonight, as one of her last acts as a collegiate athlete, Brian left no doubt whatsoever.
A few hours ago, the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) announced the winners of their Hermann Trophy, presented to the top male and female college soccer players.
For the second consecutive year, the MAC called Morgan Brian's name.
Brian is only the fourth woman to have received the award in consecutive years, the first since Portland's Christine Sinclaire in 2004 and 2005. Joining that list are North Carolina alumni Cindy Parlow and Mia Hamm.
This year, Brian took Virginia to the NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup final for just the first time in program history (last year, she lead the Hoos to the College Cup semifinals for the program's first time). She was the leading scorer in this year’s tournament with four goals and nine assists, including tying the NCAA Tournament single-game record with five assists in Virginia’s 8-0 first-round win against High Point.
Brian, the only college player on the U.S. Women's National Team, represented the U.S. in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in October.
Brian's accolades during her career at Virginia are too numerous to list. Seriously. Go take a look. They just keep going.
One of the good things about her career, unlike many of the non-revenue sports stars that we follow here at Streaking the Lawn, is that her career isn't ending with her graduation. She will be drafted in the NWSL draft one week from today and, of course, she will continue to be part of the U.S. Women's National Team as they prepare for the 2015 Women's World Cup in June.
Congratulations Morgan Brian on another incredible achievement! Wahoowa!