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SMU's Mauro Cichero Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist

Postby PonyPride » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:54 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

Cichero Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
Senior Led The American In Assists (7) And Finished Third In Points (25)

Nov. 28, 2017

ST. LOUIS (SMU/MAC Hermann Trophy) – SMU men's soccer player Mauro Cichero has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer, the United Soccer Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.

For the second time in his career, Cichero is one of 15 NCAA Division I players to be selected a semifinalist for the award. Cichero was also a semifinalist in 2015 after leading the Mustangs in points (29), goals (10) and assists (9).

The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award administered by United Soccer Coaches and presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. This year's trophy presentation and banquet will take place Friday, Jan. 5.

Three from the group of 15 will be named finalists on December 8 following a vote of NCAA Division I coaches.

Cichero helped the Mustangs become the first team ever to win The American regular season and tournament titles in the same year. The Norman, Oklahoma, native was named the AAC Midfielder of the Year and a unanimous first team all-conference selection. The senior led the Mustangs in assists (7) and was second in shots (38), points (25), and goals (9).

The Mustangs finished the regular season ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and made its 31st appearance in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. SMU advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time and for the second time in three years (2015, 2017).

Luchi Gonzalez is the only Mustang to win the Hermann Trophy, claiming the award in 2001. In 1997, Daniel Hernandez was named the NSCAA Player of the Year.

In 1967, Robert Hermann, the president of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NPSL's successor, the North American Soccer League, established a trophy to annually recognize the top men's collegiate soccer player. The trophy, named the Hermann Trophy, has been awarded each year since 1967. In 1988, a second Hermann Trophy was inaugurated to recognize the top women's collegiate player of the year.

In 1986, the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) began naming an annual player of the year as a rival to the Hermann Trophy. Then in 1996, the NSCAA initiated its own annual player of the year award. These three competing awards began merging three years later when the NSCAA and MAC agreed to cooperate on naming a combined collegiate player of the year. Finally, beginning in 2002, the NSCAA, the Missouri Athletic Conference and the Hermann Trophy merged to create a unified award for the top college soccer player of the year.

The original Hermann Award Trophy is on display in the Hermann Atrium located in the McDonnell Athletic Center at MICDS in Ladue, Missouri.

The process of selecting a winner begins at the start of the college soccer season when a list of potential nominees is compiled by a nominating committee. Near the end of the collegiate regular season, 15 players whom the committee considers the best in Division I soccer are announced as semifinalists for the award. That list is then voted on through an online voting process by men's and women's Division I soccer coaches whose teams are current NSCAA College Services members.

In early December, the top three vote-getters for both the men's and women's trophy are announced as finalists for the award. These six individuals are invited to an annual banquet held at the Missouri Athletic Club of St. Louis. That evening, the winners of the two awards are announced and receive a 10 pound crystal replica soccer ball made by Tyrone Crystal of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
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