Abby Wambach was arguably the absolute star of this past summer’s incredibly exciting women’s World Cup soccer tournament, as her header goal in the 120th minute of the quarterfinal between the U.S. and Brazil tied the match at 2-2 and would eventually send it to penalty kicks, where the U.S. advanced to the semifinals. She is pictured above, left, during said match versus Brazil.
The Associated Press at least agrees that she’s the premiere U.S. female athlete of 2011, as they have named Wambach the Female Athlete of the Year. She is the first individual soccer player (man or woman) to win the honor.
Wambach received 65 of the 214 votes cast. Her World Cup teammate (and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant) Hope Solo (pictured above, right) was second with 38 votes and UConn basketball player Maya Moore was third with 35 votes.
This 31-year-old forward has 13 goals to her name in three World Cup appearances, which is the most by any American and third on the all-time World Cup scoring list.
Congratulations to Abby Wambach.