KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior defender Cory Brown was named to the 2018 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List on Tuesday. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to one male and one female athlete.
The winners will be announced on January 5, 2018 at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo.
“This is fitting for a player of Cory’s pedigree,” said head coach Andy Fleming. “As well as he has done during his time here, Cory feels that there’s more to be seen and another level to get to. Over the last eight months he’s worked very hard to get into the best shape of his life and has grown leaps as a leader and teammate. I’m excited to watch he and his fellow seniors this fall as Cory looks to leave Xavier as the most decorated player in the history of our program.”
Brown is one of just two BIG EAST Conference players on the watch list, joining Creighton’s Ricky Lopez-Espin.
Today’s announcement marks the second time Brown has been recognized by the Missouri Athletic Club and the fourth time a Xavier player has been selected to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Brown was also listed in 2015, while Nick Hagglund – a former BIG EAST Defender of the Year and current Toronto FC defender – was selected to the list in 2012 and 2013.
Brown started all 19 matches for XU in 2016, registering three points (one goal, one assist) and playing every available minute in 17 of 19 matches. He anchored the backline in five shutouts and ranked second on the team with 1,771 minutes played.
For his career, Brown has made 60 starts and helped XU post two of the top three team GAA’s in program history (2014, 2015). During his three seasons manning the center back position, XU has posted 25 shutouts (including a program-record 11 in 2014).
Brown, a Nelson, New Zealand native, is coming off a season that saw him named the program’s second BIG EAST Defender of the Year. The honor marked a fifth straight season with a major conference award for Xavier men’s soccer.
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