United Soccer Coaches announces National Players of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 20, 2017) – United Soccer Coaches announced on Wednesday the association’s National Players of the Year at the youth, high school and college levels, as well as the association’s National Scholar Players of the Year for high school and college student-athletes.

The United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year and National Scholar Player of the Year awards recognize outstanding individuals from the association’s All-America and Scholar All-America teams at the youth through college ranks. Below is the 2017 class to date, awaiting the addition of the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy recipients on January 5 for NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer.

National Players of the Year and National Scholar Players of the Year will be honored for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.

2017 United Soccer Coaches National Players of the Year 

NCAA DI Men: Announced on Jan. 5 at MAC Hermann Trophy Banquet (finalists)
NCAA DI Women: Announced on Jan. 5 at MAC Hermann Trophy Banquet (finalists)
NCAA DII Men: Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Caan, France), University of Charleston
NCAA DII Women: Ana Dilkes (Wichita, Kan.), University of Central Missouri
NCAA DIII Men: Shae Bottum (West Lakeland, Minn.), University of St. Thomas
NCAA DIII Women: Danielle Sim (Bel Air, Md.), Williams College
NAIA Men: Uros Ilic (Nova Pazoca, Serbia), Missouri Valley College
NAIA Women: Bethany Balcer (Hudsonville, Mich.), Spring Arbor University
NCCAA Men: Igor Stojanovic (Belgrade, Serbia), Southwestern Christian University
NCCAA Women: Madyson Brown (Salem, Ore.), Biola University
Junior College DI Men: Mohammed Kamara (Monrovia, Liberia), Tyler Junior College
Junior College DI Women: Katie Lockwood (Huddersfield, England), Eastern Florida State College
Junior College DIII Men: Johnny Rodriguez (Fresno, Calif.), Fresno City College
Junior College DIII Women: Danielle Pacheco (Fresno, Calif.), Fresno City College
High School Boys: Matthew Comiskey (Milwaukee, Wis.), Whitefish Bay High School
High School Girls: Kristina Lynch (Mishawaka, Ind.), Penn High School
Youth Boys: Josh Sargent (O’Fallon, Mo.), Scott Gallagher Soccer Club (Mo.)
Youth Girls: Jaelin Howell (Windsor, Colo.), Real Colorado 

2017 United Soccer Coaches National Scholar Players of the Year 

NCAA DI Men: Brandon Bye (Portage, Mich.), Western Michigan University
NCAA DI Women: Imani Dorsey (Elkridge, Md.), Duke
NCAA DII Men: Johan Mauritzson (Halmstad, Sweden), LIU Post
NCAA DII Women: Lauren Wade (Coleraine, Ireland), Carson-Newman University
NCAA DIII Men: Conor Coleman (Phoenix, Ariz.), Tufts University
NCAA DIII Women: Jenna McKinney (Tampa, Fla.), University of Chicago
NAIA/NCCAA Men: Micah Lehenbauer (Kathleen, Ga.), Concordia University (Neb.)
NAIA/NCCAA Women: Rosie McShane (Phoenix, Ariz.), Benedictine College
Junior College Men: Luke Murphy (Glasgow, Scotland), Herkimer College
Junior College Women: Britney Johnson (Orangevale, Calif.), Folsom Lake College
High School Boys: Joseph Bhangdia (Lewisburg, Pa.), Lewisburg Area High School
High School Girls: Joanna Harber (Bellevue, Wash.), Bellevue High School