Dec. 3, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Senior forward Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) of the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women's soccer team was chosen as one of 15 national semifinalists for the 2013 Women's MAC Hermann Trophy, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday (Dec. 3). The Hermann Trophy, distributed by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC), is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
The award is voted on by Division I College Services members. Three finalists will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12. The winner will be announced at the Missouri Athletic Club of St. Louis later in the month.
Ezurike started 78 of 79 matches in her career and leaves as the program's all-time leader in goals (49) and points (118). She started all 23 matches this season, recording 14 goals and 10 assists, becoming the fourth player in program history to record double-digit totals in both goals and assists in the same season. During Michigan's 2013 NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight, Ezurike -- a team captain -- scored three goals and tallied one assist. She was also a four-time All-Big Ten selection -- only the third player at U-M to ever accomplish that feat -- including first-team nods in each of the last two seasons.
Michigan went 18-4-1 in 2013, finishing second in the Big Ten Conference and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 1 Virginia, 2-1, last Friday (Nov. 29) in Charlottesville, Va.
2013 Women's MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
GK - Sabrina D'Angelo, South Carolina
D - Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
D - Amanda Frisbie, Portland
D - Kassey Kallman, Florida State
D - Emily Menges, Georgetown
M - Morgan Brian, Virginia
M - Crystal Dunn, North Carolina
M - Julie Johnston, Santa Clara
F - Makenzy Doniak, Virginia
F - Nkem Ezurike, MICHIGAN
F - Kristen Hamilton, Denver
F - Maya Hayes, Penn State
F - Jazmine Reeves, Virginia Tech
F - Frances Silva, West Virginia
F - Rafaelle Souza, Mississippi
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423