Nov. 20, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Purdue women's soccer alumna Felicia Schroeder has been recognized as U.S. Soccer's 2012 Disabled Athlete of the Year.
Schroeder was named Disabled Athlete of the Year in the first year for the award after helping the USA to a gold medal at the World Deaf Football Championships in July, scoring four goals during the tournament in Turkey. She also played professionally with Kvarnsveden in the Sweden First Division. She is currently serving as an assistant coach at Texas A&M International.
The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the highest honors awarded to soccer players in the United States. Online votes registered on U.S. Soccer's Facebook Page counted for 50 percent of the total votes, while the other 50 percent was represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives, including National Team coaches and members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors.
U.S. Men's National Team forward Clint Dempsey was chosen as the Male Athlete of the Year and Rubio Rubin was selected the Young Male Athlete of the Year. Schroeder was one of four finalists for Disabled Athlete of the Year among a ballot that included both men and women.
Nominees for Female and Young Female Athletes of the Year will be announced Monday, Nov. 26, with voting on U.S. Soccer's Facebook Page running throughout the week until Dec. 1.
Schroeder played for the Boilermakers in 2007 and 2008 after transferring to Purdue from South Carolina. She scored 13 goals in 47 games for the Boilers, sharing the team lead with eight in 2008. The Cincinnati native played in all 25 games for Purdue's 2007 team that won a program-record 20 games, scoring five goals. Including her underclassman seasons at South Carolina, she finished her college career with 21 goals.
Purdue posted a 32-9-6 record during Schroeder's two seasons with the program. She played in all 47 games.