Aug. 24, 2005
MISSION, Kan. - Santa Clara University midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy is among the 25 men's soccer players included on the 2005 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List. The list, announced by the Missouri Athletic Club, was compiled by a panel of coaches from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Ballouchy, a junior from Casablanca, Morocco, is one of the top players in college soccer and was listed as a first-team preseason All-America selection by College Soccer News. He was a first-team all-West Coast Conference selection last season after leading the Broncos in scoring.
He transferred to Santa Clara after attending Creighton for one season in 2002. That year, College Soccer News named him to its Freshman All-America team after he led the Bluejays to the NCAA semifinals.
Santa Clara, ranked 13th nationally in the preseason, opens its season Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against second-ranked UCLA in Fullerton, Calif. Following a match two days later against host Cal State Fullerton, the Broncos travel to College Park, Md. for an early-season showdown against also-second ranked Maryland. That match will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.
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A list of 15 semifinalists for the award will be announced in early November, with the three finalists announced in December. The trio will be invited to St. Louis for a news conference and dinner held at the Missouri Athletic Club on Jan. 6, 2006, where the winner of the award will be revealed. The winner is determined through voting of NCAA Division I members of the NSCAA.
Men's 2005 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List Compiled by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America
Player, Class, School, Hometown
Gerardo Alvarez, Jr., Northwestern, Aurora, Ill.
Medhi Ballouchy, Jr., Santa Clara, Casablanca, Morocco
Blake Camp, Sr., Duke, Danielsville, Ga.
Greg Dalby, Jr., Notre Dame, Poway, Calif.
Leandro de Oliveira, Sr., UAB, Bryan, Texas
John DiRaimondo, Jr., Saint Louis, St. Louis, Mo.
Jason Garey, Sr., Maryland, Gonzales, La.
Matt Groenwald, Sr., St. John's, Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Patrick Ianni, Jr., UCLA, Lodi, Calif.
Julius James, So., Connecticut, Maloney Gardens, Trinidad
Scott Jones, Jr., UNC-Greensboro, Dallas, Texas
Sacha Kljestan, Jr., Seton Hall, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Mpho Moloi, Sr., Connecticut, Soweto, South Africa
Justin Moose, Sr., Wake Forest, Statesville, N.C.
Dayton O'Brien, Sr., Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.
Dominic Oduro, Sr., Virginia Commonwealth, Accra, Ghana
Randi Patterson, Jr., UNC-Greensboro, Hackensack, N.J.
Jacob Peterson, Jr., Indiana, Portage, Mich.
Brian Plotkin, Sr., Indiana, Lisle, Ill.
Tyler Rosenlund, So., UC Santa Barbara, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Jeff Rowland, Sr., New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
Nathan Sturgis, So., Clemson, St. Augustine, Fla.
Michael Videira, So., Duke, Milford, Mass.
Marvell Wynne, So., UCLA, Poway, Calif.
Jed Zayner, Jr., Indiana, Overland Park, Ill.
Based in Mission, Kan., the NSCAA is the largest coaches' organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1941, it has grown to include more than 17,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition program that presents more than 10,000 individual awards every year. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 3,000 soccer coaches each year.