USC's Croix Bethune Named a Semifinalist for the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy
LOS ANGELES – The semifinalists for the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy were released today and USC women's soccer standout midfielder Croix Bethune was named to the list.
Bethune is one of 15 players named to the list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given annually to the top collegiate soccer player. She is the seventh USC player to be named a semifinalist for the award and the fourth in the last four years.
The Georgia native posted one of the best seasons in USC history this year, leading the Trojans in every major offensive category. Bethune posted 16 goals, 10 assists and 42 total points over the 2021 campaign, earning Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, All-Pac-12 first team and All-Pacific Region first team recognition.
Her 16 goals are the third most ever scored in a season by a USC player, and are the seventh most in the country this season. Bethune's 42 total points are the fourth best total in USC history and fourth most in the nation this year, while her 10 assists are tied for the Pac-12 lead and 25th in the NCAA.
Bethune had four multi-goal games on the year, including an all-time great performance in USC's NCAA Tournament opener when she scored three goals and posted two assists in a 6-0 win over Grand Canyon. She also had two goals and one assist against Stanford, leading USC to a comeback win in which she scored the winner in overtime.
The Trojan midfielder joins past USC MAC Hermann semifinalists; Penelope Hocking (2020), Tara McKeown (2019), Ally Prisock (2018), Morgan Andrews (2016, finalist), Kristin Olsen (2009) and Amy Rodriguez (2008).
Three finalists will be named for the award on Wednesday, Dec. 8 in conjunction with the College Cup in Santa Clara, Calif. The 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the historic Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Jan. 7, 2022, to formally announce this year's winner.