Djeffal Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oregon State midfielder Sofiane Djeffal has been named a 2021 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, the United Soccer Coaches and Missouri Athletic Club announced on Tuesday. Djeffal is one of 15 semifinalists in contention for the award.
The Nantes, France native was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and nabbed his fourth All-Pac-12 First Team selection for his efforts this season, starting all 19 games he appeared in and clocking 1756 minutes on the pitch. He also earned his third Pac-12 Player of the Week nod in his career on Oct. 11 and was tabbed No. 19 in Top Drawer Soccer's Midseason Top 100 on Oct. 18.
Over the course of the season, Djeffal scored six goals, including the game-winners over Denver (Aug. 27), UCLA (Sept. 30), and California (Oct. 7). He also scored the Beavers' sole goal in regulation and converted his PK in OSU's Elite Eight match against Clemson (Dec. 4). Djeffal has also tallied six assists this fall and tallied 18 points. In the conference standings, he is tied for fourth in the goals and points categories.
As a team captain, Djeffal helped the Beavers through a historic campaign as they climbed the weekly United Soccer Coaches rankings, earning the program's first No. 1 national ranking on Nov. 8. Oregon State also clinched the program's first outright Pac-12 title in program history and made its first appearances in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds as the No. 1 overall seed.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is regarded as the highest individual honor recognizing the nation's National Player of the Year. It is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club. Three finalists will be decided by a final round of voting and announced on Dec. 15 and the 2021 recipient will be announced on Jan. 7, 2022.
The 2020 MAC Hermann Trophy was awarded to Oregon State's Gloire Amanda.