Soares Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA senior defender A.J. Soares is one of 15 semifinalists for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, announced Wednesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Considered the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer, the recipient of the MAC Hermann Trophy is selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the NSCAA. Three finalists for the award will be announced on Friday, Dec. 10. The winner will be announced at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 11, 2011, in St. Louis.
A native of Solana Beach, Calif., Soares is the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a two-time first team All-Pac-10 honoree. One of the Golden Bears' captains, Soares is the anchor of a stingy Cal defense that allowed just 13 goals during the regular season and only one in the team's two postseason games thus far. He was also a key contributor on the offensive end this season, posting career highs in points (11) and goals (5).
The Pac-10 Champion and sixth-seed Bears continue their postseason run in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal match at No. 3-seed Akron on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. ET.