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College: Soccer America 1997 Men's MVPs
January 12th, 1998 12AM



In a season that climaxed in Richmond with the UCLA Bruins lifting the championship trophy, college soccer prospered with talented players. These 11 stand out because their teams' success can be largely traced to their performances. Here are the 1997 Soccer America Men's College MVPs: Matt Reis (UCLA) senior goalkeeper Play at final four won national championship Kevin Daly (St. John's) senior defender General for stingy Red Storm defense Leo Cullen (Maryland) senior defender Minister of Defense for Terrapins Kevin Quigley (Saint Louis) senior midfielder Billikens' scoring leader had 13 assists Lazo Alavanja (Indiana) junior midfielder Hoosiers' best two-way player Daniel Hernandez (SMU) senior midfielder Complete package in midfield for Mustangs Ben Olsen (Virginia) junior midfielder/forward Nation's co-scoring leader sets 'em up and finishes Scott Pearson (American) senior forward Eagles' team leader on and off the field Seth George (UCLA) junior forward Carried Bruins' scoring load Johnny Torres (Creighton) senior forward Finishes with MAC and Hermann double Dema Kovalenko (Indiana) sophomore forward His attacks helped Hoosiers reel off 23 straight wins 1997 SA Player of the Year: Ben Olsen (Virginia).

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