University of Denver Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – University of Denver men's soccer senior captain Andre Shinyashiki (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann trophy, awarded to the country's most outstanding male and female players of the year, United Soccer Coaches announced on Tuesday.
Shinyashiki enters the NCAA Quarterfinal weekend first in the country in points per game (2.86), first in total points (60), first in goals per game (1.33), first in total goals (28), 14th in shot accuracy (60.6%), first in game-winning goals (11), second in shots per game (4.71) and first in shots on goal per game (2.86). Shinyashiki's goals per game tally is the highest since Andrew Mittendorf (Lehigh) netted 24 in 18 matches (1.33) in 1998. The Denver senior's points per game mark is the most since Conor Casey (Portland) had 23 goals and seven assists in 18 matches in 1999 (2.94).
Earlier this season, Shinyashiki became Denver's record holder in single-season points (60), goals (28) and game-winning goals (11), while setting Denver's career records in points (117), goals (51) and game-winning goals (18). The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native's goal total in 2018 eclipsed Denver's previous career record goal tally of 27.
Entering the NCAA Tournament, Top Drawer Soccer's Midseason No. 1 player had scored eight more goals than the next closest player in the national rankings. A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Shinyashiki netted the first five hat tricks of his career in 2018, including a four-goal game in Denver's 4-3 victory over Omaha to begin the Summit League slate.
The Senior CLASS Award Finalist was a two-time United Soccer Coaches' National Player of the Week and a four-time recipient of College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors. Shinyashiki led a Denver senior class that entered the NCAA Tournament third in the country in wins (61-11-10) and second in the country in percentage of points earned at 78.5%.
Three men's finalists and three women's finalists will be named on December 7 at the conclusion of voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches. The 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 4, 2019 to formally announce this year's winners.
For more information about the history of the MAC Hermann Trophy, visit MACHermannTrophy.org. The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967.
|Giuseppe Barone||Jr.||M||Michigan State||Grandville, Mich.|
|Tanner Beason||Jr.||D||Stanford||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|Tucker Bone||Jr.||M||Air Force||Granite Bay, Calif.|
|Alex Comsia||Sr.||D||North Carolina||North Vancouver, B.C.|
|Omir Fernandez||So.||F||Wake Forest||Bronx, N.Y.|
|Andrew Gutman||Sr.||D||Indiana||Hinsdale, Ill.|
|Jack Hallahan||Jr.||F||Michigan||Redditch, England|
|Cal Jennings||Jr.||F||UCF||Roswell, Ga.|
|Bruno Lapa||Jr.||M||Wake Forest||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Callum Montgomery||Sr.||D||Charlotte||Victoria, B.C.|
|Trey Muse||So.||K||Indiana||Louisville, Ky.|
|Daniele Proch||Jr.||F||Duke||Riva Del Garda, Italy|
|Camden Riley||Sr.||M||Pacific||Dallas, Texas|
|Andre Shinyashiki||Sr.||F||Denver||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|JJ Williams||Jr.||F||Kentucky||Montgomery, Ala.|