The Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) announced the Hermann Trophy Watch Lists for both men’s and women’s college soccer on Thursday. The annual award is given out to the top men’s and women’s college soccer player after each season, as voted on by NCAA Division I coaches. Rutgers women’s soccer standout, junior Amirah Ali, was named to the Watch List, which was determined by members of the United Soccer Coaches Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees. She becomes the 10th player in program history to be nominated for the prestigious award.
Ali had a strong sophomore campaign on the banks, leading the Big Ten in goals with 10, as well as game-winning goals with 5, and was second in total points with 23. She scored 4 golden goals in overtime victories last season, the most that a Rutgers player has ever produced in a single season, while leading the team to a program best second place finish in the Big Ten regular season standings.
Through her first two seasons in a Scarlet Knight uniform, Ali has registered 40 total points (16 goals, 8 assists) in 41 career games. The former National High School Player of the Year was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year in 2017, while earning All-Big Ten First Team and All-American Second Team honors last season.
Ali will be counted on to lead Rutgers’ offensive attack once again this fall for a program looking to earn its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and, of course, the first ever Big Ten title in school history. The season opener is on August 22nd versus Central Connecticut State at home at Yurcak Field.
For a complete list of players named to the MAC Hermann Watch List, click here.