November 27, 2015
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
29 nominated for College Boot
Twenty nine of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2015 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.
Cast your vote for the Soccer News Net College Boot men's player of the year
The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to three local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. Nine additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting will begin on Friday, November 27 and continue until December 23, and will be conducted on Big Apple Soccer ( www.bigapplesoccer.com), Chicagoland Soccer News ( www.chicagolandsoccernews.com), LA Soccer News ( www.lasoccernews.com), New England Soccer News ( www.newenglandsoccernews.com), Philly Soccer News ( www.phillysoccernews.com) Dallas Soccer News. ( www.dallassoccernews.com) , DC Soccer News (www.dcsoccernews.com) and Sunshine Soccer News (www.sunshinesoccernews.com).
Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the Soccer News Net editorial staff. The winner of the popular vote will receive the Soccer News Net Supporter's Choice Award.
Soccer News Net has been selecting a player of the year since 2007.
LA SOCCER NEWS
Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara, So, F
Irvine, Calif, (Regis Jesuit HS)
UCSB's target striker racked up 15 goals -- including an NCAA-best eight game-winners -- and an assist in 19 games -- with a NCAA-best eight game-winning goals -- to lead the Gauchos to the Big West's North Division title.
Abu Danladi, UCLA, So, F
Takoradi, Ghana (Dunn HS/Santa Barbara SC)
The Bruins' catalyst notched six goals and 10 assists in 16 games, while playing a role in at least a half-dozen other goals, and makes highlight-reel passes seemingly every game. The Ghanaian star was the linchpin in UCLA's late-season charge.
Seyi Adekoya, UCLA, So, F
Seattle, Wash. (Lakeside School, Seattle Sounders Academy)
Adekoya led the way with 12 goals as the resurgent Bruins advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
DALLAS SOCCER NEWS
Mauro Cichero, SMU, So, F
Norman, Okla. (Norman North HS)
The Mustangs' leader has 10 goals and seven assists -- both team-bests, by a decent margin -- and was the key figure in their run to the American Athletic Conference title. SMU was ranked eighth in the country heading into the AAC semifinals.
CHICAGOLAND SOCCER NEWS
Tim Dobrowolski, Loyola, Sr. GK
Rockford, Ill. (Boylan Catholic HS/Rock Run SC)
Dobrowolski built up a 677-minute shutout streak as Loyola had an eight-game (6-0-2) unbeaten run. The Ramblers allowed more than one goal to an opponent only once this season, in a 2-1 loss to Cal State-Northridge on Aug. 30.
Jon Gallagher, Notre Dame, So, F
Dundalk, Ireland (Greens Farms Academy)
Gallagher, an All-ACC Freshman team as a reserve forward last year, emerged as a force this season with nine goals in 18 games.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Indiana, Sr, F-M
Goshen, Ind. (Bethany Christian HS)
Hollinger-Janzen totaled seven goals in 17 regular-season games, then scored in the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament.
D.C. SOCCER NEWS
Brandon Allen, Georgetown, Sr, F
Old Bridge, NJ (St. Joseph HS/NY Red Bulls Academy)
Allen led the Hoyas with nine goals (four game-winners), plus seven assists, in 17 regular-season games. Scored 16 goals as a freshman and was All-Big East Conference first team forward as a sophomore and junior.
Sebastian Elney, Maryland, Fr, F
Boca Raton, Fla. (Boca HS/Philadelphia Union Academy)
Freshman striker was the Terps' leading scorer with six goals in 15 games during regular season; missed two games while with the U.S. U-20 national team.
Patrick Foss, Virginia, Jr, M
South Riding, VA. (US Soccer Residency)
Foss is among the Cavaliers' best weapons as a left-side midfielder and set-piece specialist. Led UVA with five assists in 14 regular-season games. Scored a spectacular last-second goal from the halfway line on a free kick in a 3-2 win over Louisville Oct. 2.
NEW ENGLAND SOCCER NEWS
Felix De Bona, Boston University, Jr, F
Somerville, Mass. (Somerville HS/New England Revolution Academy)
De Bona scored eight goals and had three game-winners in 18 matches as BU finished second in the Patriot League.
Zeiko Lewis, Boston College, So, M
Pembroke, Bermuda (Berkshire School)
Lewis, a Bermuda national teamer, emerged as a driving force in an advanced midfield position in his junior season. Lewis totaled five goals and six assists in 17 games.
Abdou Mbacke Thiam, Connecticut, Fr, F
Dakar, Senegal (Diambars)
Senegalese freshman led Huskies with eight goals in 17 regular-season games, then added two goals in the first round of the American Athletic Conference playoffs.
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS
Connor Maloney, Penn State, Jr, F
Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt HS/Philadelphia Union Academy)
Last year's Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year scored seven goals in 16 regular season games in 2015, helping Penn State reach quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
Jorge Gomez Sanchez, Temple, Jr, M
Talavera de la Reina, Spain (Universidad Europea/UD Talavera, Osasuna Youth)
Gomez sanchez was a major force in helping the Owls transform from a 2-14-2 team in 2014 to finish 10-7-2 this year. Scored 13 goals, fifth highest single-season total for the Owls.
Sean Sheridan, Villanova, Sr, M
Levittown, Pa. (Neshaminy HS/New York Red Bulls Academy)
Versatile senior whose left-foot threat on set pieces provided an effective weapon for ‘Nova. Scored eight goals as Wildcats went 9-8-0 and contended for an Atlantic 10 Conference postseason berth.
BIG APPLE SOCCER
David Acuña Camacho, Monmouth, Sr, D
Heredia, Costa Rica (LD Alajuelense, Costa Rica Youth National Team)
David Acuña Camacho was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference after anchoring a Hawks defense that tied for the MAAC lead with seven shutouts and racked up a 17-game unbeaten streak before being edged by Rider 3-2 in the conference championship game. On the attacking side, Camacho had four asissts and two goals -- both game-winning penalty kicks -- this season.
Jason Wright , Rutgers, So, F
Kingston, Jamaica (Wolmers Boys School)
As of November 25, Wright led the Big Ten with 31 points, 13 goals and five game-winning goals, including 10 points and three game-winning goals in Big Ten games. The sophomore forward earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week four times this season and was a Big Ten All-Freshman honoree in 2014.
Joseph Holland, Hofstra, Jr, M
London, England (Lewisham College)
Holland led Hofstra and ranked among the top five in the CAA in goals (6), assists (8), points (20) and shots (63) this season. The Pride midfielder recorded at least one point in 10 of his team's 18 contests and posted the game-winning goal in victories over Army and Northeastern. In just three seasons, he has already moved into sixth place on the school's career assists chart with 19. Holland, who was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2012, becomes the third Hofstra player to earn CAA Player of the Year accolades, joining Michael Todd in 2006 and Chris Griebsch in 2013.
SUNSHINE SOCCER NEWS
Hadji Barry, Central Florida, Sr, M-F
Rochester, NY (Greece Olympia HS/Greece Cobras)
Barry earned his first All-AAC honor after finishing second in the league with 11 goals and third in total points with 25. He topped off his collegiate career by scoring two goals and adding a shootout goal in The American Quarterfinal at Tulsa.
Amass Amankona , Dayton, Jr, F
Kumasi, Ghana (St. Vincent)
Amankona led the Flyers throughout the season, serving as the creator in the nation’s No. 1 offense in terms of total goals and scoring offense. The midfielder had career highs with 10 goals, five assists, 25 points, and 44 shots. In A-10 play alone, the graduate student from Kumasi, Ghana, had four goals and two assists, totaling 10 points as UD finished second in the conference. He finished the regular season ranked second in the league in points and goals, and fourth in assists. Amankona is the first player to earn both offensive and midfielder honors since the addition of the midfielder award in 2007.
Fabian Herbers, Creighton, So, M-D
Ahaus, Germany (Alexander Hegius Gymnasium/VFL Rhede)
As of November 25, the All-Big East First Team selection led the country in points with 42. He also was tied for second in the nation in total assists (12) and is second in points per game (2.10) and tied for second in total goals (15).
Callum Irving, Kentucky, Sr, GK
Vancouver, BC (Burnaby Central School/Vancouver Whitecaps)
For the second straight season, Irving was voted the Conference USA Player of the Year, the Conference USA Defensive MVP and a First-Team All-C-USA selection. He also repeats as recipient of the Golden Glove Award, given to the goalkeeper who posts the most shutouts in C-USA play. Irving posted a 0.57 goals-against average (8th, NCAA) and an .821 save percentage (20th, NCAA) through all 17 matches played, totaling nine shutouts. Seven of the clean sheets came against C-USA opponents as he notched a 0.12 goals-against average, allowing just one goal in eight conference matches (773:45 minutes).
Russell Cicerone, Buffalo, Jr, M-F
Bloomfield, Mich. (Brother Rice HS)
Russell Cicerone is Buffalo's first MAC Men's Soccer Player of the Year since Steve Butcher in 1999. The Bloomfield, Mich. native led the conference in goals scored (11), goals per game (.69), total points (30) and points per game (1.88), while also finishing second in the league in assists with eight. Cicerone started all 16 games he appeared in for the Bulls and tallied a team high three game-winning goals. In his five matches of MAC play, Cicerone was tied for the league lead in both points (8) and goals scored (3).
Neco Brett, Robert Morris, So, F
Kingston, Jamaica (Excelsior)
Brett's unprecedented third straight NEC Player of the Year honor came after the Jamaican striker led the conference during the regular season with 12 goals and 29 total points. The prolific goal scorer ranked among the top 10 nationally in goals, points, points per game (1.71) and game-winning goals (seven). Brett was also tabbed to the All-NEC First Team for the third straight year. Brett has now accumulated 41 goals and 98 points over the last three years, both league-leading totals in that span.
Jack Harrison, Wake Forest, Fr, M
Bolton, England (The Berkshire School)
Harrison spearheaded a Demon Deacon offensive attack that led the nation in assists and points per game and ranked second in scoring offense. Individually, the freshman midfielder from Bolton, England, led the ACC in assists per game (0.61) and points per game (1.5), and ranked third in the nation with 11 total assists. Harrison is the first player in league history to be named Player and Freshman of the Year in the same season.
Paul Clowes, Clemson, Sr, M
Cheshire, England (Sale Grammar School/Manchester United)
Clowes started all 18 games for the Tigers and led all field players on the team in minutes played. The senior captain a Clemson squad that ranks fourth in the country in goals scored and seventh in goals allowed, one of only two teams to be ranked in the top 10 of both categories.
Regan Dunk, Denver, RS-Jr, D
Dallas, Texas (Lake Highlands HS/Solar Chelsea)
As of November 25, Dunk was tied for 24th in the country in assists with eight from his right back position to lead the Pioneers in 2015, more than doubling the assist total of anyone else in a Pioneers kit this season.
Jordan Morris, Stanford, Jr, F
Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island HS/Seattle Sounders FC Academy)
Morris is the third player in Stanford history to be named Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, and the first since 2001. Morris helped the Cardinal to back-to-back outright Pac-12 titles and earn a No. 8 seed in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Despite missing Stanford matches after participating in U.S. Men’s National Team games, Morris has played in 13 of Stanford’s 18 matches and netted eight goals as of November 25. He led the team in goals and ranked second in the Conference in points per game at 1.38. Morris has taken home first team All-Pac-12 accolades in each of his three collegiate seasons.
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