U.S. men's national team and Stanford junior forward Jordan Morris is among 15 men's semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy award, given annually to college soccer's best male and female players.
Morris, whose two-goal performance in the NCAA tournament round of 16 helped the Cardinal into a quarterfinal matchup against top-seeded Wake Forest, is joined by teammate Brandon Vincent, with Stanford being one of three schools with multiple players on the shortlist. Clemson (Paul Clowes, Kyle Fisher) and Creighton (Fabian Herbers, Timo Pitter) are the others. Herbers was a semifinalist last year as well.
Morris has a career-high 10 goals in 15 games for Stanford this season, one in which he has missed five matches due to international call-ups. This curling goal, off the outside of his cleat, wound up being Stanford's game-winner against Ohio State in the final 16:
On the women's side, U.S. women's national team and University of Virginia defender Emily Sonnett is among the 15 semifinalists in addition to a pair of West Virginia University and Canadian national team players, center back Kadeisha Buchanan and midfielder Ashley Lawrence.
The lists of 15 will be whittled down to three finalists on Dec. 11, and the winners will be crowned Jan. 8 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Last year's winners were New York Red Bulls II midfielder Leo Stolz (UCLA) and Houston Dash and U.S. women's national team midfielder Morgan Brian (Virginia).