Former Beachside player and Wake Forest senior Marcus Tracy won the prestigious Herman Trophy on Friday night. The Herman award is the equivalent to the Heisman award in football which honors college soccer’s best player.
Along the way he made history by becoming the first Wake Forest player to win the award in its 41-year history. The Hermann Trophy, which is voted on by college coaches, is considered the biggest individual award in Division I soccer.
The WFU Deacons lost to North Carolina 1-0 in the semifinals of the College Cup as they were denied a shot of repeating as national champions.
Tracy’s teammate, Sam Cronin, a former star at Mount Tabor, and Akron’s Steve Zakuani were also finalists. Tracy and Zakuani were at the ceremony on Friday night at the Missouri Athletic Downtown Club in St. Louis. Cronin wasn’t there because he was at the MLS Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The MLS Draft will be held on Thursday.
No Wake Forest player had ever been among the finalists, so to have two is something WFU Coach Jay Vidovich was proud of.
“These two guys are at different stages in their careers,” Vidovich said. “Marcus has signed to play in Denmark and Sam is preparing for the MLS Draft at the combine. Tracy, 22, is expected to fly to Denmark this weekend and sign a contract, according to Vidovich. Tracy was expected to be one of the top picks in next week’s MLS Draft, but will now take his game to Europe.
Tracy played in 77 games for the Deacons and along with Cronin were a part of three straight teams that played in the College Cup. Tracy scored 30 goals in his career with a career-best 13 this past season. He also added 23 career assists (10 this season) and had seven game-winning goals as he turned into one of the premier strikers in college soccer.
In 2007 Tracy was the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the College Cup in Cary as the Deacons won the school’s first national championship in soccer. In that College Cup he scored both goals in a 2-0 win in the semifinals over Virginia Tech and also scored the tying goal in a 2-1 win over Ohio State in the title game.