Indiana’s Andrew Gutman was voted as the best player in college soccer on Friday night by NCAA coaches. The Hoosier defender became the seventh player from IU to win the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy.
Here is the full release from the school:
ST. LOUIS – Indiana University men’s soccer’s Andrew Gutman won the most prestigious award in NCAA College Soccer on Friday night, taking home the MAC Hermann Trophy as the best men’s player in NCAA Division I soccer at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, a 10-pound crystal soccer ball awarded annually since 1967, honors the United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer based on voting conducted by NCAA Division I coaches.
With his honor, Gutman becomes the seventh Hoosier to be named the top player in NCAA Division I soccer. Prior to his win, the last Indiana player to take home the MAC Hermann Trophy was Danny O’Rourke in 2004.
“It’s a tremendous honor to win the MAC Hermann Trophy and join the elite group of Hoosiers who have won the before me,” Gutman remarked. “It means a lot to be considered the top college soccer player in the nation. An honor like this obviously doesn’t come without a lot of hard work and without my teammates, coach Yeagley and the rest of the staff, none of this would be possible.”
The MAC has honored the top player in collegiate soccer since 1986. Prior to 2002, the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Trophy were two separate awards.
Two IU players earned the MAC Player of the Year trophy on three occasions with Ken Snow taking the honor in 1988 and 1990, and current IU head coach Todd Yeagley in 1994. Hoosiers collected five Hermann trophies with Angelo DiBernardo in 1978, Armando Betancourt in 1981, Ken Snow in 1988 and 1990, and Brian Maisonneuve in 1994.
A unanimous First-Team All-American and selection as Big Ten Defender of the Year and First-Team All-Big Ten, Gutman also earned First-Team All-North Region accolades this season. Gutman led the Hoosiers with 11 goals on the season to go with nine assists.
Along with all his offensive efforts, Gutman was one of the best defenders in the country, helping the Hoosiers post a NCAA-best 15 shutouts on the season and allow just 13 goals on the year.
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