Courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications
AKRON, Ohio – Senior forward Reinaldo Brenes is one of 31 men's soccer players named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List for 2013, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Herman Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer and the official NSCAA Player of the Year award for Division I competition.
It is the sixth straight season an Akron player will be in consideration for the prestigious honor. Teal Bunbury became the first Zip to win the award in 2009 and Darlington Nagbe made it back-to-back UA winners by earning the honor in 2010. Steve Zakuani was a finalist in 2008 and Scott Caldwell followed Darren Mattocks as semifinalists in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
After spending his first two seasons at Akron primarily at midfield, Brenes broke out in a major way last fall – leading the Zips in goals (11) and game-winners (4) – after making the switch to forward. He earned All-Mid-American Conference First Team honors for a campaign that saw him bag his first career hat trick in a 4-0 victory over Buffalo and tally 10 goals over an eight-match rampage from late September to late October.
Additionally, the native of Costa Rica was a first team Academic All-American after carrying a 3.90 GPA as an international business major. Brenes will serve as a team captain in 2013.
Near the end of the collegiate regular season, NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA members will vote on their top choices and the lists will be narrowed down to the top 15. College soccer fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the selection process, as they will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist starting in November at the MAC Hermann Trophy website.
From that pool, three finalists will be chosen to attend the award ceremony in January where the winner will be announced.