Aug. 19, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior forward Chris Pontius was named to the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy Watch List it was announced Tuesday. The award, considered the most prestigious in collegiate soccer, is presented to the nation's top NCAA Division I player. The list is compiled prior to each season by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The selection of Pontius marks the fourth consecutive season that a Gaucho has been named to the preseason player of the year ledger. Former UCSB stars Tyler Rosenlund (2005), Andy Iro (2006, 2007), and Eric Avila (2007) are the other players in program history to be named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List.
A dynamic and versatile player, Pontius enters 2008 as the top offensive threat for UC Santa Barbara. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native had an outstanding 2007 season, leading the league in goals (11) and ranking second in points (24) while playing virtually every position on the pitch except for goalkeeper. For his efforts, Pontius was named the 2007 Big West Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big West, and Third Team All-West Region. He also claimed national player of the week honors Oct. 8, 2007 after netting the 17th hat trick in conference history in a nationally-televised tilt against Big West foe UC Irvine.
The winner of the M.A.C.'s Hermann Trophy will be determined by a panel of NSCAA Division I member coaches. A list of 15 semifinalists will be announced in November, and three finalists will be named in early December in conjunction with the NCAA Division I College Cup. The final three will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 19, 2009 and the winner will be announced during a nationally-televised news conference that evening with a presentation banquet to follow.
In addition, Pontius was also named to the College Soccer News Preseason All-America Third Team.
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