CULVER CITY, Calif. – Sophomore defender Cory Brown added another preseason awardto his coffer on Monday, as Top Drawer Soccer named the Nelson, New Zealand native to its preseason Best XI Second Team.
Brown was also named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List last week, marking the third time a Xavier player has been selected for the honor. During his rookie season, Brown was one of just two freshmen nationally to make an NSCAA regional first team in addition to picking up All-BIG EAST Second Team and BIG EAST All-Rookie Team nods. He was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Freshman Team.
As a group, Xavier’s 11 shutouts and 0.84 GAA were both program records in 2014 and Brown’s steady presence in the backline was a big reason. The freshman stepped into the starting lineup immediately and did not miss a match. Brown’s 23 starts tied a program record and his 2,119 minutes played led XU.
On top of his defensive role, Brown added three goals and three assists from the back row and was the team’s fifth-leading scorer.