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Duke's Andrew Wenger and Creighton's Ethan Finlay have had standout seasons, and they headline the list of Hermann Trophy semifinalists released by the NSCAA on Sunday.
The two strikers were the only repeat semifinalists from last year for the Hermann Trophy — college soccer's top individual award — out of a list of 15 players that also includes South Florida forward Dom Dwyer, North Carolina forward Billy Schuler and Maryland striker Casey Townsend. Strikers had a heavy presence on the list in general, taking up 12 of the 15 spots.
Creighton and North Carolina, who will compete in this weekend's College Cup, were the only schools to have multiple representatives on the shortlist, with each having two players make the cut.
Here's a full rundown of the semifinalists:
HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS
Ashton Bennett, Jr., F (Coastal Carolina)
Dom Dwyer, Jr., F (South Florida)
Ethan Finlay, Sr., F (Creighton)
Evans Frimpong, Sr., F (Delaware)
Chandler Hoffman, Jr., F (UCLA)
Brian Holt, Sr., GK (Creighton)
Enzo Martinez, Jr., M (North Carolina)
Darren Mattocks, So., F (Akron)
Billy Schuler, Jr., F (North Carolina)
Mark Sherrod, So., F (Memphis)
Luis Silva, Sr., M (UCSB)
Yannick Smith, Jr., F (Old Dominion)
Casey Townsend, Sr., F (Maryland)
Andrew Wenger, Jr., F (Duke)
Gyasi Zardes, So., F (CSU Bakersfield)
Three finalists will be announced on Friday, Dec. 9. Head coaches of NCAA Division I teams with membership in the NSCAA will vote to determine the winner of the award.
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