Nov. 17, 2005
Three Big Ten men's soccer student-athletes have been named as semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy as Indiana's Brian Plotkin, Jacob Peterson and Jed Zayner made the cut of 15 players. IU is one of just two schools with multiple players among the semifinalists while boasting the largest contingent with three. The M.A.C. Hermann Trophy is the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Year award for Division I schools.
Plotkin, the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year, is currently tied with teammate Jacob Peterson with 26 points as he has scored eight goals and recorded 10 assists on the season. A unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection this year, the senior was named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week three times and was named National Player of the Week on Nov. 9 after scoring the game-winning goal against then No. 1 Akron.
Peterson earned first team All-Conference honors for the second straight season and was an All-Championship team member. He currently leads the Big Ten in goals with 12 on the season while scoring three game-winners. The Portage, Mich. native has helped the Hoosiers score a league-leading 154 points as IU leads the conference in goals (54) and assists (51).
Zayner, a second team All-Big Ten selection this year, has been a mainstay for Indiana's defense, as the team posted a goals against average of 0.62 with 13 shutouts. The junior back scored his first career goal against Ohio State on Oct. 19 and joined teammate Peterson on the Big Ten All-Championship team.
The winner will be determined in voting by NSCAA Division I member coaches. Three men's and three women's finalists will be named at the 2005 Men's College Cup on December 9. The finalists will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, January 6, 2006, where the winner will be announced at a press conference and presented with the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy at a banquet later that evening.