Aug. 17, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara junior defender Andy Iro has been named to the 2006 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List, it was announced today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Iro was also named a College Soccer News Preseason-All American for the second consecutive year.
Iro becomes the second player in UCSB men's soccer history to be named to the 25-man list after teammate Tyler Rosenlund received the honor as a sophomore in 2005. The list will eventually determine the NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
The first two-time All-American in program history, the Liverpool, England native was one of nine juniors to make the prestigious list.
"This really is quite an honor," Iro said. "It's great to be recognized as potentially the top player in Division I soccer. It's not only a personal honor, but an honor for the entire program as well. It shows how hard we have worked the last few years to get where we are today."
Iro was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring a Gaucho defense that held their opponents to a 0.87 goals against average and a total of nine shutouts in 2005. Offensively, he chipped in with four goals and three assists, both of which were tops among Gaucho defenders.
"We feel that there is no player more dominant in college soccer right now than Andy Iro," eighth-year head coach Tim Vom Steeg said. "To be named to the Hermann Watch List and considered one of the best players in the country entering his junior year is a tremendous accomplishment."
The winner of the M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy will be determined by a panel of NSCAA Division I member coaches. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in early November, with three finalists announced during the NCAA Tournament. They will be invited to St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 2, for the announcement of the winner at a press conference to be held in conjunction with the Men's College Cup. Both the men's and women's winners will be presented the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy at a banquet later that evening.
Iro was selected to the College Soccer News Preseason All-American First Team after earning second team honors prior to the start of last season. The sophomore was also named to the Soccer America Preseason All-American First Team in 2005. He went on to earn Third Team All-American honors from the NSCAA.
Iro and the rest of the 21st-ranked Gauchos begin preseason play this Saturday, August 19th against crosstown rival Westmont in the 44th Annual Bryant & Sons Cup. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Harder Stadium.