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Stanford soccer teams have semifinalists for Hermann Trophy

 

Stanford's All-American tandem of junior forward Jordan Morris and senior left back Brandon Vincent were named two of 15 semifinalists for the men's 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy, it was announced Tuesday.

Stanford sophomore Andi Sullivan, meanwhile, is one of 15 players in the country selected as a women's MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist – an annual award given to the nation's best player.


The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual intercollegiate award administered by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and presented annually at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. This year's trophy presentation and banquet will take place Jan. 8.

Three from each group of 15 will be named finalists in mid-December following a vote of NCAA Division I coaches. Soccer fans can also let their collective voice be heard by voting for their favorite player on the MAC's website hosted by LockerDome.

Morris and Creighton junior forward Fabian Herbers are the only holdovers from last season's semifinal list. Stanford's standout has put together a season befitting of his stature in 2015. The Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 All-Academic second teamer has 10 goals in 15 appearances for Stanford this season. He leads the Cardinal with career highs in both goals (10) and points (23). Morris is ninth in the country in game-winning goals (5), 15th in goals per game (0.67), 14th in points per game (1.53) and earlier this season scored in five straight matches, becoming just the second Stanford player to do that since 1987.

On Sunday night, Morris' brace against No. 14 Ohio State led Stanford to a 3-1 win and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. It was his second career multi-goal effort and first since Sept. 27, 2013 at UC Santa Barbara. Stanford (16-2-2) meets No. 1 Wake Forest (17-2-2) at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET with the winner earning a trip to the College Cup.

Morris missed five collegiate matches this season due to responsibilities with U.S. Soccer. He split time between the senior team, making six appearances with the MNT in 2015, while also earning 11 caps with the U-23s, scoring six goals and tallying four assists.

Vincent, the 2015 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has anchored Stanford's back line over the past four years, starting in each and every one of his 77 appearances. The two-time captain has also claimed back-to-back Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors and is the only person to ever win the award, which was instituted last season.

Third on the team in goals (5) and fifth in points (11), Vincent's defensive work has championed a Stanford unit that is 11th in the nation in goals against average (0.67) and 21st in shutout percentage (0.45). In August, he was called by U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog for the first College Identification Training Camp. Vincent scored the third goal for the U.S. in its 3-1 win over Club Tijuana's Segunda Premier Team, which wrapped camp on August 7.

The Cardinal senior is also one of 10 men's finalists for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. That award is given to a NCAA Division I senior student-athlete who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Meanwhile, Sullivan is the 11th Stanford women's player to earn semifinalist recognition and her selection marks the 13th time a Cardinal player has been named a semifinalist. She is the only representative from the Pac-12.

Sullivan is an elite two-way player, leading Stanford in points (12), goals (5) and game-winning goals (3) for a majority of the season while also leading one of the nation's best defenses as a holding midfielder. She started every game and played all but 37:30 minutes during the season.

The sophomore captain helped Stanford record 12 shutouts and limit opponents to 13 goals on the season (0.55 GAA). Her control, distribution and defense makes her the key orchestrator of both Stanford's offense and defense.

Sullivan led Stanford to an undefeated conference season and Pac-12 title, was an All-Pac-12 First Team selection and earned Player of the Week honors during the season from the Pac-12 and TopDrawerSoccer. Academically, she earned the first Pac-12 All-Academic honor of her career.

Sullivan was named Freshman of the Year in 2014 by Soccer America, TopDrawerSoccer and the Pac-12. She was the youngest player on the 2014 U.S. FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup team and captained the team to the championship.

Stanford has proud history of Hermann Trophy success. The Cardinal had three consecutive winners from 2009-11, with Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press, and Teresa Noyola. In addition, Lindsay Taylor was a finalist in 2011.

— Stanford Athletics

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