January 28, 2021 - by
Soccer Places Two on MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off of an ACC Championship in the fall of 2020, the Seminoles have two student-athletes named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Juniors Jaelin Howell and Yujie Zhao received national recognition from the Missouri Athletic Club on Thursday.

They are two of the 53 players selected this season and it marks the second consecutive season that both Howell and Zhao have been named to the preseason watch list. Florida State is one of 13 schools with at least two members on the list.

Howell and Zhao helped lead Florida State to their seventh ACC Tournament Championship in the fall, finishing the semester a perfect 11-0. Both played in all 11 games with Howell starting in every competition. Zhao finished the fall with three goals and three assists to finish with nine points. Howell earned four goals and two assists while helping anchor a defense that recorded eight shutouts in 11 games, while only allowing six goals. Howell has been invited to three USWNT camps since October.

The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most prestigious individual award in college soccer and is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female players of the year. This year’s award was pushed back to accommodate the seasons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners will be announced May 27 at the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Press Conference and Banquet taking place at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo.

The MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists are compiled by members of the United Soccer Coaches Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees. Fifteen semifinalists will be named for both the men’s and women’s MAC Hermann Trophy near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will ultimately be placed on the ballot for the coveted award.

For more information about the MAC Hermann Trophy, including a list of past winners, visit MACHermannTrophy.org.

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2020-2021 Women’s MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Name Yr. Pos. School Hometown
Amirah Ali*# Sr. F Rutgers Voorhees, N.J.
Emily Alvarado Sr. K TCU El Paso, Texas
Angelina Anderson* So. K California Danville, Calif.
Joelle Anderson Sr. M Pepperdine San Jose, Calif.
Maycee Bell* So. D North Carolina Wichita, Kan.
Jordyn Bloomer* Sr. K Wisconsin Hartland, Wisc.
Jordan Brewster Jr. D West Virginia North Canton, Ohio
Sabrina Bryan* Sr. F Hofstra Cecil, Pa.
Maia Cella Sr. M Wisconsin Evanston, Ill.
Sam Coffey Sr. M/F Penn State Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Grace Collins So. F TCU Houston, Texas
Mikayla Colohan*# Sr. M BYU Fruit Heights, Utah
Kirsten Davis*# Sr. F Texas Tech St. Louis, Mo.
Savannah DeMelo* Sr. M Southern California Bellflower, Calif.
Emina Ekic* Sr. M Louisville Louisville, Ky.
Brookelynn Entz Sr. M Kansas State Newton, Kan.
Channing Foster Sr. M Mississippi Murray, Ky.
Alyssa Francese Sr. F Stony Brook Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Parker Goins Sr. F Arkansas Broken Arrow, Okla.
Julia Grosso* Jr. M Texas Vancouver, B.C.
Madison Haley* Sr. F Stanford Dallas, Texas
Cassie Hiatt* Jr. D Texas Tech Parker, Colo.
Penelope Hocking Jr. F Southern California Anaheim, Calif.
Haley Hopkins Sr. F Vanderbilt Newport Beach, Calif.
Jaelin Howell Jr. M Florida State Lone Tree, Colo.
Rachel Jones Jr. F North Carolina Lawrenceville, Ga.
Sophie Jones So. M Duke Menlo Park, Calif.
Zsani Kajan Sr. F St. John’s Budapest, Hungary
Civana Kuhlmann Jr. F Stanford Centennial, Colo.
Clarissa Larisey* Sr. F Memphis Ottawa, Ont.
Alexis Loera Sr. M Santa Clara Thornton, Colo.
Jimena Lopez Sr. D Texas A&M Mexico City, Mexico
Alia Martin Sr. D Michigan Carmel, Ind.
Addie McCain Sr. M Texas A&M Wylie, Texas
Tara McKeown*# Sr. F Southern California Newbury Park, Calif.
Roma McLaughlin* Jr. M Central Connecticut Donegal, Ireland
Esther Okoronkwo Sr. F Lamar Richmond, Texas
Ashley Orkus Jr. K Mississippi Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Lucy Parker* Sr. D UCLA Cambridge, England
Kiki Pickett* Sr. D Stanford Santa Barbara, Calif.
Brianna Pinto*# Jr. M North Carolina Durham, N.C.
Anna Podojil* So. F Arkansas Cincinnati, Ohio
Lucy Porter* Sr. M Hofstra Birmingham, England
Jordan Rhodes So. F Kentucky South Lebanon, Ohio
Kim Rodriguez* Sr. D Oklahoma State Porter, Texas
Yazmeen Ryan Sr. M TCU Norman, Okla.
Ally Schlegel So. F Penn State Parker, Colo.
Emily Smith Sr. D California Los Gatos, Calif.
Alexa Spaanstra Jr. F Virginia Brighton, Mich.
Sarah Stratigakis* Sr. M Michigan Woodbridge, Ont.
Kelsey Turnbow Sr. F Santa Clara Scottsdale, Ariz.
Haley VanFossen* Sr. D Arkansas Broken Arrow, Okla.
Viviana Villacorta Sr. M UCLA Lawndale, Calif.
Yujie Zhao* Jr. M Florida State Shanghai, China


* – Previous United Soccer Coaches All-American

# – 2019 MAC Hermann Semifinalist

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