ST. LOUIS (Jan. 11) - Creighton men's senior Jose
Gomez finished as the second runner-up for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann
Trophy presented at the MAC Hermann Trophy Banquet Friday evening.
The award, annually given to the best soccer player in NCAA
Division I soccer, was presented to junior forward Patrick Mullins from the University of Maryland. The first
runner-up was Notre Dame forward Ryan
Finley followed by Gomez.
Gomez' third-place finish follows former Creighton star
Ethan Finlay's runner-up effort in 2011. Fellow Bluejay greats Keith DeFini,
Brian Kamler, Richard Mulrooney, Ross Paule and Mike Tranchilla have also been
finalists for the award, while current CU assistant coach Johnny Torres won the
award in 1997.
Torres represented the Creighton coaching staff in support
of Gomez this weekend. The former All-America selection returned to the MAC
after claiming the award following his senior season in Omaha in 1997.
Earlier this month Gomez claimed Soccer America MVP First
team honors as a midfielder. In December, Gomez claimed National Soccer Coaches
Association of America (NSCAA) All-America First Team honors and All-Midwest
Region accolades as well as a College Soccer News All-America team selection.
The senior co-captain led the Bluejays to the College Cup in back-to-back
seasons for the first time in school history.
Gomez is the reigning 2012 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)
Player of the Year and 2012 MVC Tournament MVP after helping the Jays claim
their 13th Valley tournament championship and 20th NCAA Tournament appearance.
The MAC Hermann Trophy represents the highest individual
achievement in the sport. The winners and finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy
are determined by a vote of Division I coaches who are members of the NSCAA.
Also, an online fan vote (the equivalent of one coach's vote) is factored into
the final vote total.
The 2013 adidas MLS
Player Combine now awaits Gomez Jan. 11-15 at Central Broward Regional Park
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He will be one of two Creighton seniors to participate
this weekend, alongside classmate Andrew Ribeiro. All invited players will be
eligible for selection in 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, which will
take place on Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.