CONWAY, S.C. Senior forward Joseph Ngwenya (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Provincial) was chosen as one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Clubs Hermann Trophy, intercollegiate soccers highest individual award, Dec. 14. Joining him are Marylands Sumed Ibrahim (Tamale, Ghana) and St. Johns Chris Wingert (Babylon, N.Y.). The finalists were determined in voting of Division I mens soccer coaches who are members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Ngwenya, who was recently named a NSCAA/adidas First Team All-American selection for the second straight year, also earned First Team Academic All-American and All-Big South honors for the second consecutive season. He led the nation in scoring with 21 goals and 56 points this season, and was named First Team All-South Atlantic Region by the NSCAA, Big South Conference Player of the Year and Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year, all for the second time in his career.
Ngwenya earned Tournament MVP honors at the Big South Tournament, the Bradley Classic, and the Nike/Clemson Invitational. This season, he broke Coastals career shot, points, and goal records, and netted eight game-winning goals, including the game-winner in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Davidson. He led the Chants to their third consecutive tournament appearance, and the third round for the first time in program history. Ngwenya will attend the 2004 Major League Soccer Player Combine, Jan. 11-13.
The trio will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 9, for a news conference, where the winner of the award will be revealed. A banquet at the Club that evening will feature the formal presentation of the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy to the winner.