ST. LOUIS — Clemson defender Oskar Ågren was a finalist for the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy awarded to the best men’s soccer player of the season. The award was given to Dante Polvara of Georgetown University. Ågren is the first Tiger to be a finalist for the award since Robbie Robinson in 2019, who ultimately took home the trophy prior to being selected first overall in the MLS SuperDraft.
Ågren was spectacular en route to the National Championship, the native of Malmö Sweden led the Tigers to a .802 goals against average, helping the team collect 10 clean sheets in 23 games. He also added five goals and two assists, as well as converted two penalty kicks in the shootouts against Oregon State and Notre Dame.
Ågren adds MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist to his already illustrious collection of recognitions garnered this season, including First Team All-ACC, First Team All-South Region and All-NCAA Tournament Team.
The two other finalists for the award were Georgetown’s Dante Polvara, who ultimately won the trophy, and Washington’s Dylan Teves. Those teams played in the College Cup semifinal with Washington securing a 2-1 victory, ultimately falling in the National Championship match to Ågren’s Tigers. Ågren assisted on Isaiah Reid’s game-winning goal in that match.
Ågren was a rock for the Clemson defense all season long, stifling the best attacks in the ACC with his size and physicality, as well as his cool-headedness in the defensive third. He wore the captains armband in the absence of James Brighton, who started the season as the team’s second captain.
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