Smith Named Herman Semifinalist

West Virginia University men's soccer player Jarrod Smith has been named one of 15 Division I soccer players to the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Herman Trophy semifinalist list on Friday, Nov. 10.

The Herman Trophy winner annually recognizes the most outstanding Division I men's soccer player in the country and is considered the Heisman Trophy of its sport. The winner is selected by all Division I soccer coaches that are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. No Mountaineer player has ever won the prestigious award.

Smith, a native of Havelock North, New Zealand, has scored 14 goals in just 15 matches played this season to go along with four assists. The senior forward set the Big East single season conference goals record in 2006 with 12 and the single season conference point record with 28. Smith has netted 32 goals in four seasons for WVU to rank to rank tied for fifth all-time in school history. He was named first team all-Big East this season and was named the NSCAA national player of the week on Sept 27.

Joining Smith on the semifinalist list are three other conference players. Midfielder Greg Dalby and forward Joseph Lapira represent Notre Dame on the list, while Connecticut's Julius James also earned a spot as a defender. The list will be whittled down to three finalists on Monday, Nov. 27. The winner will be announced at a banquet hosted by the M.A.C. in St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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