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Dec 06, 2023

Ousmane Sylla Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist

CLEMSON, S.C. — Senior midfielder Ousmane Sylla has been named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, the United Soccer Coaches committee announced Wednesday. The native of Senegal adds to his many recognitions this season, already having been named an All-ACC First Team performer, the ACC Tournament MVP and First Team All-South Region.

The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, is the most coveted individual honor in both men’s and women’s NCAA Division I soccer and has been awarded annually since 1967. Most recently, Duncan McGuire (Creighton) and Michelle Cooper (Duke) received the award for outstanding intercollegiate performances last year.

Sylla has led the Tigers offensively this season, with 12 goals and 10 assists on the year. He ranks in the top 50 in Division I in eight categories, including being ranked fifth in the country in total points (34). 

The list of semifinalists includes fifteen players, and joining Sylla on the list from the ACC are Forster Ajago (F) from Duke, Bryan Dowd (K) from Notre Dame and Garrison Tubbs (D) from Wake Forest. Full list of semifinalists is linked here: MAC Hermann Semifinalists.

Sylla and the Tigers will be back in action this weekend in Clemson’s tenth all-time College Cup appearance. The No. 9 Tigers will take on No. 5 West Virginia in the national semifinal match on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in Louisville, Ky. The match will be shown on ESPNU.

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