North Carolina junior defender Boyd Okwuonu has been identified as a potential candidate for the 2013 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy as announced on Tuesday by the MAC and the NSCAA.
Okwuonu was a vital cog in a Tar Heel defense that allowed a total of seven goals during the 2012 season. The unit recorded 17 shutouts and a 0.29 goals-against-average, leading the nation in both categories.
Okwuonu, from Edmond, Okla., has been recognized as a preseason All-America first team selection by College Soccer News. He was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com preseason Best XI list.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Near the end of the collegiate regular season, NCAA Division I coaches that are NSCAA members will vote on their top choices and the lists will be narrowed down to the top 15. College soccer fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the selection process, as they will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist starting in November at the MAC Hermann Trophy website.
From that pool of 30, six finalists (three men, three women) will be chosen for the award. The winners will be announced in January.
The fourth-ranked Tar Heels continue its exhibition season with matches against Michigan State and Indiana this week in Fort Wayne, Ind. The regular season begins with the Carolina Nike Classic against Monmouth on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m., from Fetzer Field.