Glory Amanda from Canada wins MAC Hermann Trophy
By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press May 27, 2021.
Edmonton Gloire forward Amanda won the MAC Hermann Trophy on Thursday as the top men’s soccer player in the NCAA.
The 22-year-old Oregon State junior led NCAA Division 1 in goals (15) and total points (37). He was named to the All-Pac-12 and All-Far West Region First Team as well as United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team and Top Drawer Soccer Best XI First Team.
His 37 points set Oregon State’s one-season record.
Amanda tied Alan Gordon for the second-highest total of goals in the state of Oregon in a season. He has scored in 10 of the Beavers’ 14 games this spring, including five multi-goal games, and finished eighth in the NCAA standings in total assists with seven.
Amanda tied the fourth most goals in Pac-12 history and now ranks sixth in Oregon state history in career goals (25) and points (61 ).
Teal Bunbury (Akron, 2009) is the only male winner born in Canada. Son of former Canadian international Alex Bunbury, Teal has lived in the United States since the age of 10 and represents the United States on the international stage.
The other male finalists were Indiana sophomore forward Victor Bezerra and Pittsburgh sophomore forward Valentin Noel.
Florida State junior midfielder Jaelin Howell won the women’s award, beating North Carolina junior midfielder Brianna Pinto and Florida State senior defenseman Malia Berkely.
Howell helped the Seminoles advance to the NCAA Division I Finals, with five goals and two assists in 16 games.
The finalists were chosen by vote by the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer coaches.
Amanda and Howell will bring home a 10-pound crystal soccer ball in the form of a trophy.
The winners were announced at the MAC Hermann Trophy Banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Canadians Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia, 2016) and Christine Sinclair (Portland, 2004 and 2005) won the women’s award.
Amanda, five-foot-10, 170-pound, spent time in the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program before attending Oregon State. Growing up, he played for Edmonton Xtreme FC, Edmonton Internazionale and FC Edmonton Reserve.
Amanda’s first name is the French word for glory, her parents being inspired by the French expression “glory to God” or “Gloire to God”. Although he says the French pronunciation of Gloire is correct, most call it Glory.
Amanda’s journey evokes memories of the history of Canadian football star Alphonso Davies.
His parents left the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of a civil war in 1996 for a refugee camp in neighboring Tanzania. Amanda was born in a refugee camp there, and moved to Canada with her family when she was 10 years old.
Oregon State finished the year 9-5 and entered the NCAA tournament for the second time in the past three years. The Beavers lost 2-1 in overtime to Virginia Tech in the second round.
Among the other male finalists, Bezerra was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Conference Tournament MVP of the Year, while also scoring 11 goals in 11 games played.
Frenchman Noel finished the regular season with 11 goals, finishing first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and earning a spot on the All-ACC First Team.
Kyle Hiebert of LaSalle, Man., A senior defenseman from Missouri State, and Noah Jensen of Courtice, Ont., A senior midfielder at Oakland University, were among the 15 semi-finalists for the award. male.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is presented by World Wide Technology.
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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 27, 2021