Brandon Bye Named Semifinalist for Hermann Trophy
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- United Soccer Coaches announced on Tuesday the 15 men's semifinalists and 15 women's semifinalists in consideration for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy, based on voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches. Western Michigan senior midfielder Brandon Bye was among those named, becoming the first ever Bronco to make the prestigious list.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967. Most recently, Ian Harkes (Wake Forest) and Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia) received the award for outstanding intercollegiate performances during their senior seasons in 2016.
Western Michigan's first Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, Bye led the Broncos to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and a No. 4 national ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll. The MAC's leading scorer, he totaled 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points during the Broncos' historic season in 2017.
WMU won its first ever MAC regular season championship and earned its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a 2-0 victory over UAlbany in the second round with Bye assisting both goals. Bye's five game-winning goals this season ranks sixth in the nation, while he ranks fifth in shots per game (4.33) and shots on goal per game (2.10), 10th for total points and 17th in goals scored. Bye set a new WMU record with 91 shots, placing 44 on goal.
The Broncos were ranked in the top 25 for the final 10 weeks of the season, spending eight of those in the top 10. WMU was the No. 10 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament.
Bye has been a First Team All-MAC selection the last two years and was a Second Team selection as a sophomore. He was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District this past fall with a 3.74 GPA, double majoring in Food & Consumer Packaging Goods Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He concludes his career with 22 goals and 19 assists.
"Another first for the WMU men's soccer program, having one of our very own make the Hermann semifinalist list is an incredible honor. Congratulations to Brandon on this selection, he deserves full credit in becoming the player he is today," said WMU head coach Chad Wiseman. "His work ethic and drive to want to be the best is beyond impressive. Brandon was one of the most dominating attacking players in the country this season."
Three men's finalists and three women's finalists will be named on December 8 in conjunction with the Men's College Cup semifinals in Philadelphia. The 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 5, 2018 to formally announce this year's winners.
For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy, visit MACHermannTrophy.org.
2017 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
NAME YR POS SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jon Bakero Sr. F Wake Forest Sitges, Spain
Tucker Bone Jr. M Air Force Granite Bay, Calif.
Arthur Bosua Sr. F Columbia Johannesburg, South Africa
Brandon Bye Sr. F Western Michigan Portage, Mich.
Mauro Cichero Sr. M SMU Norman, Okla.
Jon Gallagher Sr. F Notre Dame Dundalk, Ireland
Tomas Hilliard-Arce Sr. D Stanford Matthews, N.C.
Tim Kubel Sr. D Louisville Stuttgart, Germany
Foster Langsdorf Sr. F Stanford Vancouver, Wash.
Grant Lillard Sr. D Indiana Hinsdale, Ill.
Cameron Lindley So. M North Carolina Carmel, Ind.
Joao Moutinho Fr. D Akron Lisbon, Portugal
Wyatt Omsberg Sr. D Dartmouth Scarborough, Maine
Santiago Patino Jr. F FIU Orlando, Fla.
Alan Winn Sr. F North Carolina Garland, Texas
2017 Women's MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
NAME YR POS SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Michaela Abam Sr. F West Virginia Houston, Texas
Rachel Corboz Sr. M Georgetown Green Brook, N.J.
Tierna Davidson So. D Stanford Menlo Park, Calif.
Imani Dorsey Sr. F Duke Elkridge, Md.
Grace Fisk So. D South Carolina Bromley, England
Jessie Fleming So. M UCLA London, Ont.
Indigo Gibson Sr. D California Las Flores, Calif.
Vanessa Gregoire Sr. M Princeton Beaconsville, Que.
Catarina Macario Fr. F Stanford San Diego, Calif.
Hallie Mace Jr. F UCLA Ventura, Calif.
Savannah McCaskill Sr. F South Carolina Chapin, S.C.
Casey Murphy Jr. K Rutgers Bridgewater, N.J.
Rebecca Quinn Sr. M Duke Toronto, Ont.
Andi Sullivan Sr. M Stanford Lorton, Va.
Brianna Visalli Sr. M Pepperdine San Jose, Calif.