Gutman, Muse named MAC Hermann semifinalists #iums

A pair of Indiana men’s soccer players were named MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists, the United Soccer Coaches announced on Tuesday.

The Hoosiers’ Andrew Gutman and Trey Muse were among the 15 players named as candidates for college soccer’s most prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding player each year.

IU is one of only two schools, Wake Forest being the other, with two semifinalists and is the most since Indiana had three semifinalists in 2005 (Jacob Peterson, Brian Plotkin and Jed Zayner).

No Hoosier has won the award since current IU assistant coach Danny O’Rourke did so in 2004, although Grant Lillard finished as a runner-up last season.

Gutman, a senior left back, has been the key to No. 1 Indiana’s success this season, helping the Hoosiers win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and eight assists while helping IU post 14 shutouts, the second-most in the country.

“In my years of coaching, I have not seen a player influence the game in such a positive way on both ends of the field like Andrew has done this past season,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said in a release. “We will be talking about Andrew’s impact on our program for many years to come.”

Gutman has six game-winning goals this season, which ranks third nationally and leads the Big Ten.

Goalkeeper Trey Muse has put together a worthy encore to one of the great goalkeeping seasons in NCAA in 2017. As a sophomore, Muse has recorded 11 solo shutouts (fifth nationally) and shared three more en route to Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year with a goals against average of 0.499, also fifth in the country.

“Trey is a special talent, and he continues to anchor an excellent IU defensive unit,” Yeagley said. “His presence, organizational skills and big-play moments have helped Trey emerge as an elite keeper. He will go down as one of our all-time best goalkeepers to wear the IU jersey.”

The three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy will be named on Dec. 7 in conjunction with the College Cup semifinals in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the winner will be named on Jan. 4 at the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet, which will be held at the historic Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.

Second-seeded Indiana will host seventh-seeded Notre Dame at 7 o’clock on Friday night at Armstrong Stadium in the NCAA quarterfinals with a berth in the College Cup on the line.