Aug. 13, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Two men's and two women's soccer players from Conference USA were named to the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch Lists, the organization announced Monday.
Memphis juniors Mark Sherrod and Liam Collins represent the men's selections, while Tiger junior Christabel Oduro and UCF senior Tishia Jewell were named to the women's list. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
Sherrod was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2011. As a sophomore, the Knoxville, Tenn., native led the nation in goals per game (1.06), second in points per game (2.33), third in total goals (19), and fourth in total points (42). He was named 2011 NSCAA All-America Third team, College Soccer News Third Team All-American, NSCAA ALL-Midwest Region first team, 2011 Conference USA Player of the Year, 2011 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and C-USA All-Conference first team. The Tigers forward was recently named 2012 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and 2012 Preseason All-C-USA.
During the 2011 campaign, Collins ranked fourth in the nation in total assists (11) and assists per game (0.61) while leading C-USA in both categories. Following his sophomore campaign, Collins was named C-USA All-Conference first team and his 11 assists is the third most in a single-season in the program's history. Collins, who hails from Ireland, was also named to the 2012 Preseason All-Conference USA Team.
Memphis is one of only three schools with representatives on both the men's and women's lists, joining Virginia and West Virginia.
Oduro, the 2011 C-USA Offensive Player of the Year and 2012 preseason pick for the same honor, posted an impressive 39-point sophomore campaign with 16 goals and seven assists. A member of the Canada U20 squad, Oduro, one of 38 women on the preseason list, could miss up to four matches this fall due to the FIFA U20 World Cup that runs from Aug. 19-Sept. 8 in Japan. Oduro joins Ashley Berra (2010) and Vendula Strnadova (2010) as Memphis women's soccer players to earn the preseason distinction. Last season, Lizzy Simonin was named a semifinalist for the award.
Jewell returns for her final season as a Knight after finishing 2011 with NSCAA All-American distinction in addition to All-Central Region and All-C-USA USA First Team honors. She was ranked among the nation's top-25 players for assists and led the Knights with 24 points (7 goals, 10 assists). The Satellite Beach, Fla., native started in 22 of 24 games for UCF, helping lead the program to its first Elite Eight appearance in 24 years.
Jewell was recently named to the All-C-USA Preseason Team along with defender Marissa Diggs. Jewell is among esteemed company as UCF alumna and All-American goalkeeper Aline Reis is the only other student-athlete in program history to be named to the Watch List.
The Hermann Trophy lists will be narrowed down by NSCAA members from Division I programs to 15 semifinalists by Nov. 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices and the finalists will be announced Dec. 6. The winners will be announced at the awards' banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 11.