College: Soccer America 1997 Men's MVPs
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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