Aug. 11, 2009
BERKELEY - California junior forward Andrew Wiedeman was named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday. Wiedeman is one of 38 players on the Watch List for the Hermann Trophy, which is considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.
"It's a great honor," Wiedeman said. "It's pretty cool to be named to that, but individual honors don't mean as much as the team doing well. We're looking forward to the season. Hopefully the team can put together a good year and have some success. That's all that matters - having a good year as a team, and hopefully getting a Pac-10 title and a national championship."
A coaches committee, made up of Division I head coaches who are current members of the NSCAA, will select the trophy recipient. The committee will pare down the nominees to a list of 15 semifinalists in November. The NSCAA and MAC will announce the three finalists in early December. The finalists will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference to announce the winner on Jan. 8, with a presentation banquet following.
A third-team NSCAA All-American in 2008, Wiedeman also earned 2009 preseason All-America honors from College Soccer News. Wiedeman's various 2008 accolades included NSCAA Far West All-Region first-team and All-Pac-10 first-team honors. As a sophomore last year, the San Ramon, Calif., product led the Bears in points (29), goals (12) and game-winning goals (4) and also collected five assists. He scored two goals, including the gamewinner, to give Cal a 3-2 overtime victory over UC Santa Barbara in the second round of the 2008 NCAA College Cup.
The Golden Bears open their 2009 season with a game at Georgetown at 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 4. Cal's first home game is against George Washington as part of the Cal Legacy Classic at 4 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Edwards Stadium.
To see the complete Hermann Trophy Watch List, click here.