WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men's soccer junior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) and sophomore defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) were both named to the 2014 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List on Wednesday on NSCAATV.com. The pair are two of 63 Division I players selected on the men's and women's side.
Also on Wednesday, the NSCAA released its 2014 Preseason Poll and the Hoyas were voted into the No. 9 spot.
Finishing last season, Allen earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Best XI Second Team and was an NSCAA Second Team All-American. He was selected as the No. 20 player in the nation by the website, the list excluded freshmen. Allen also received recognition from CollegeSoccerNews.com earning a place on the site's All-America Second Team.
Allen was a Second Team All-American and BIG EAST First Team honoree. He ranked fourth in the league in points with 11 in nine conference games on five goals and one assist. His 1.22 ppg and five goals ranked him fourth in the BIG EAST in both categories. Overall he had 27 points in 11 goals and five assists. Allen was the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on one occasion this season and earned a nod to the honor roll.
In his career, Allen has been a two-time all-region and All-BIG EAST honoree as well as the national and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Yaro was a Second Team NSCAA All-Region honoree as a freshman, despite missing four games due to a broken arm. He was also a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie squad. Yaro played a significant role in Georgetown's shutout record with 14 and proved to be one of the top defenders in the country all season. His first intercollegiate goal was the game winner at American University. The Hoyas led the nation in shutout percentage (0.67) and was second in team GAA with a 0.46 GAA.
Already this preseason, both Allen and Yaro were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI. Yaro earned a spot on the first team and Allen on the second team.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Allen and Yaro are two of 32 players on the men's watch list and two of just four from the BIG EAST. Additionally, Georgetown is just one of eight institutions to have players on both the men's and women's list.
The Hoyas finished the 2013 season with a mark of 14-5-2 winning a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the third time in four years. Georgetown went to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinal at PPL Park where the Hoyas tied fourth-seeded Providence in double overtime, 0-0, but failed to advance in penalty kicks. Along the way, the Hoyas had impressive milestones including setting the program record for season shutouts with 14. The squad advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown reports to campus to begin camp early next week.
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