Courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications
AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron senior Aodhan Quinn was named one of 15 semifinalists for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Tuesday.
The Hermann Trophy is the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer and the official NSCAA Player of the Year award for Division I competition. Finalists for the award will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12, and the winner will be named at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., in January.
This is the sixth-consecutive season the Zips have had least one player named to the Hermann Trophy semifinalist list. Teal Bunbury became the first Akron player to win the award in 2009 and Darlington Nagbe made it back-to-back winners for the Blue and Gold in 2010.
Quinn, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-MAC honoree, finished second on the team with seven goals (three game winners) and added an assist for a total of 15 points. He played some of his best soccer in the postseason, scoring a goal in three-straight matches, including two MAC Tournament contests and Akron's 3-2 win over defending national champion Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also added an assist against the Hoosiers.
On Nov. 6, Quinn was the catalyst for a come-from-behind 2-1 double-overtime victory over then-No. 6 Penn State. He tied the game in the 83rd minute before netting the game-winner in the 106th minute. He also bagged a golden goal in the Zips' 1-0 win over No. 15 Wake Forest on Oct. 15.
Steve Zakuani, who finished runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, was the first Akron player to be named to the semifinalist list in 2008. Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Teal Bunbury received the nod in 2009, Darlington Nagbe and Kofi Sarkodie followed suit in 2010, Darren Mattocks made the cut in 2011 and Scott Caldwell made it five-straight semifinalists in 2012.
The Zips (17-4-1, 5-1 MAC) saw their season come to an end on Nov. 24, falling 1-0 in overtime at Marquette in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The postseason appearance was Akron's seventh-straight and 28th overall.
Soccer fans can also let their collective voice be heard by voting for their favorite player on the MAC's website hosted by LockerDome, starting Thursday, Dec. 5.
2013 Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
Andrew Blake, Connecticut
Steve Birnbaum, California
Alec Cochran, Wisconsin
Taylor Peavy, Washington
Kyle Venter, New Mexico
Laurie Bell, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Aodhan Quinn, Akron
Pedro Ribeiro, Coastal Carolina
Leo Stolz, UCLA
Pete Caringi, III, UMBC
Tim Hopkinson, Old Dominion
Sagi Lev-Ari, Cal State-Northridge
Patrick Mullins, Maryland
Steve Neumann, Georgetown
Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame