Aug. 5, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men's soccer senior forward Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) and junior defender Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) were both named to the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List on Wednesday on NSCAATV.com. The pair are two of 30 Division I men's players selected.
On Monday, the NSCAA released its 2015 Preseason Poll and the Hoyas were voted into the No. 3 spot.
Last season, Allen was named third team All-American and was a first team all-region selection after another impressive campaign. He led the team in scoring with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points on the year. His goals include three game winners and a mark of 3-3 on penalty kicks. He ranked first in the BIG EAST Conference in goals and second in points as well as first in goals per game.
Allen was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29 and earned two nods to the Weekly Honor Roll. He currently ranks seventh in career points (86), sixth in career goals (38) and has ranked every year on the Hilltop in season goals.
In his career, Allen has been a three-time all-region and All-BIG EAST honoree as well as the national and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Yaro, a 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, was named First Team All-American and First Team All-Great Lakes Region last season. The BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year was also a unanimous selection to the first team. He was a key part of Georgetown's 10 shutouts in 2014, including a league-best six in the nine conference games played. He also got into the action on offense with an assist coming at Princeton. Yaro earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions last season and was a member of the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad.
His sophomore year was a breakout season with conference, regional and national honors, marking the first in his career.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Allen and Yaro are two of 30 players on the men's watch list and two of just five from the BIG EAST. They were both on last year's watch list as well. Only Georgetown, Charlotte, CSU Bakersfield, Creighton, Kentucky and Stanford had multiple players on the list.
The Hoyas finished the 2014 season with a record of 14-4-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals before failing to advance against Virginia.
Georgetown reports to campus to begin camp early next week.