Thompson semifinalist for MAC Hermann Trophy

Indiana sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson was one of 16 players named as semifinalists for college soccer’s top individual player award, the MAC Hermann Trophy. Here’s the full release from IU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Missouri Athletic Club and National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced today that Indiana University sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson is one of 16 semifinalists for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, the highest individual award presented to a player in intercollegiate soccer.

Thompson is the first Hoosier to make the semifinalist list since 2010, when Will Bruin finished as runner-up in voting for the award.

Thompson started all 22 matches for an Indiana squad that finished 12-5-5 on the season, advancing to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament and earning the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Thompson led the team in goals scored (6), total points (15), total shots (74) and shots on goal (28).

He had a pair of game-winning goals this season, with the deciding scores in a 2-1 win at Rutgers and a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. Thompson took on a bigger role for the Hoosiers his sophomore season after starting just one match in 19 appearances in 2013.

For his efforts this season Thompson was named to the All-Big Ten first team. Thompson is one of two Big Ten players to make the semifinalist list, joining Michigan State’s Jay Chapman.
In 1967, Robert Hermann, the president of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NPSL’s successor, the North American Soccer League, established a trophy to annually recognize the top men’s collegiate soccer player. The trophy, named the Hermann Trophy, has been awarded each year since 1967. In 1988, a second Hermann Trophy was inaugurated to recognize the top women’s collegiate player of the year.

In 1986, the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) began naming an annual player of the year as a rival to the Hermann Trophy. Then in 1996, the NSCAA initiated its own annual player of the year award. These three competing awards began merging three years later when the NSCAA and MAC agreed to cooperate on naming a combined collegiate player of the year. Finally, beginning in 2002, the NSCAA, the Missouri Athletic Conference and the Hermann Trophy merged to create a unified award for the top college soccer player of the year.

Indiana has nine Missouri Athletic Club/Hermann Trophy awards. Angelo DiBernardo (1978), Armando Betancourt (1981), Ken Snow (1988, 1990), and Brian Maisonneuve (1994) were Hermann Trophy winners, while Snow (1988, 1990) and Todd Yeagley (1994) won the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award. In 2004 Danny O’Rourke won the combined MAC Hermann Trophy.