Gideon Asante On The 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 17, 2011
Old Dominion University's Gideon Asante (Sunyani, Ghana), a sophomore forward is among 42 players on the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Monarchs are in two pre-season polls. ODU is 26th in College Soccer News and 34th in TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer. The recipients are selected by head coaches of NCAA Division I programs who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Five other schools each placed two players on the list: Connecticut, Creighton, Duke, Fordham and SMU. The University of Louisville, the No. 1 team in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Pre-Season Rankings, had two players on the list: senior forward Colin Rolfe (Canton, Mich.), the lone returning Hermann Trophy finalist from the 2010 season, and senior defender Austin Berry (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Of the 42 players, five were semifinalists for the award in 2010: Tony Cascio (Connecticut/Gilbert, Ariz.), Ethan Finlay (Creighton/Marshfield, Wis.), Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton/Princeton, N.J.), Arthur Ivo (SMU/Braganca, Brazil) and Andrew Wenger (Duke/Lititz, Pa.).
Monmouth, who will be in this year's ODU-Stihl Soccer Classic (Sept. 9 and 11) has three players on the list.
A total of 35 different schools and seven countries are represented on the list, including players from the United States, Australia, Brazil, England, Ghana, New Zealand and Sweden.
Asante scored four goals with two assists last year and was named Second Team All-CAA, First Team All-South Atlantic Region and CAA All-Rookie team.
Voting for the MAC Hermann Trophy is conducted in late November, when a field of 15 semifinalists is reduced to three finalists. Those three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, where a news conference will be held to announce the winner, followed by a banquet to honor the three finalists.
2011 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List Pos. Name Class School D RJ Allen Sr. Monmouth M Carlos Alvarez Sr. Connecticut M Gideon Asante So. Old Dominion K James Belshaw Jr. Duke D Austin Berry Sr. Louisville D Thomas Brandt Sr. Pennsylvania M Andrew Bulls Sr. UMBC F Brendan Burgdorf Jr. M Michael Bustamante Sr. Boston University M Cody Calafiore Jr. Temple F Tony Cascio Sr. Connecticut F Juan Castillo So. SMU D Marcello Castro Jr. Sacred Heart D Justin Chavez Sr. Tulsa M Warren Creavalle Sr. Central Florida D Roger Downes Sr. Loyola Marymount F Ethan Finlay Sr. Creighton D Shaun Foster So. Hofstra D Raymon Gaddis Sr. West Virginia F Sam Garza Jr. UC Santa Barbara F Bryan Gaul Sr. Bradley M Max Hamilton Sr. Monmouth F Antoine Hoppenot Sr. Princeton M Arthur Ivo Sr. SMU K Matt Lampson Jr. Ohio State M Enzo Martinez Jr. North Carolina K Ryan Meara Sr. Fordham F Karo Okiomah Sr. High Point D Tyler Polak So. Creighton M Josey Portillo Sr. Florida Gulf Coast M Tim Richardson Sr. Fordham D Charles Rodriguez Sr. Charlotte M Kelyn Rowe So. UCLA F Colin Rolfe Sr. Louisville D Kevin Strunk Sr. Lehigh F Chris Thomas Jr. Elon F Casey Townsend Sr. Maryland D Anthony Vasquez Sr. Monmouth F Patrick Wallen Jr. San Diego D Andrew Wenger Jr. Duke F Chris Wheeler Jr. Mount St. Mary's F Gyasi Zardes So. CSU-Bakersfield