The games may be over for both the men’s and women’s Georgetown soccer teams, but the awards keep coming.
On Dec. 3, the Missouri Athletic Club named 15 men and 15 women as semifinalists for the Hermann Trophy, the top individual honor in the nation for collegiate soccer. Included on the elite list were senior forward and captain Steve Neumann and senior defender and captain Emily Menges.
Neumann, a preseason favorite for the MAC Hermann Trophy, already earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year and all-Big East honors this season. These recognitions follow a season in which he scored 10 goals, recorded six assists and was second on the team in total points. He started all 21 games for the Blue and Gray and established himself as one of the best players on the field in every game.
“The team takes on [Neumann's] personality through the run of a game,” Head Coach Brian Wiese said earlier this season. “If [Neumann] is in a good place and is working and is dialed in to the game, then, guess what, so is the team.”
Soccer website topdrawersoccer.com has Neumman going as high as second in the upcoming Major League Soccer SuperDraft, and he trained with four MLS teams – the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers, D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City – the summer before his senior year.
Menges finished her career as one of the best defenders in program history. The senior captain was a crucial part of the Hoyas’ back line, not only this season, but each of the past four years in which she started 83 of 84 games. One of the fastest players in the country, Menges was remarkable in using her speed and power to keep opposing forwards in check. In addition to being named a Hermann semifinalist for the second straight year, Menges was selected as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
Menges was also named to the NSCAA all-Northeast Region team. In addition, junior midfielder Daphne Corboz and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Emma Newins were named to the first team, while senior midfielder Kailey Blain was selected to the second team.
Corboz enjoyed another prolific year of scoring. Named Big East Midfielder of the Year, Corboz tallied seven goals and 13 assists this year, despite missing the first five games of the season with a leg injury. The junior holds the school record in goals with 35 and ranks second all-time in points scored. When she was healthy this season, Corboz’s deft skill with the ball and deadly quickness made her a constant threat to opposing defenses.
For the second straight year, Newins finished the season allowing only 0.70 goals per game. Newins was rewarded for her efforts by being named third team all-Big East. Newins was the last line of defense for a unit that recorded shutouts in more than half of its matches this year. Although listed as a junior, Newins could play for another two years, as she received a redshirt her freshman year following a season-ending injury.
Being named to the second all-Northeast Region team was a fitting end to Blain’s career on the Hilltop. After being named to the Big East all-Rookie team her freshman year, Blain was plagued by injuries her sophomore and junior campaigns, playing in only two games over that span. The senior helped the Hoyas dominate control of the midfield in nearly every match they played this year and recorded six goals and two assists in the process.
Now, both the men’s and women’s team will wait for Dec. 12, when three finalists of the MAC Hermann trophy will be announced. If Neumann and Menges are named finalists, they will travel to St. Louis Jan. 10 for the finalist banquet.
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