Thiesen named to Hermann Trophy watch list

MORGANTOWN, WV – Redshirt junior defenseman Bjarne Thiesen of the No. 6-ranked West Virginia University men’s soccer team has been named to the 2022 Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List, as announced Thursday.

The award – considered college football’s Heisman Trophy – is the nation’s highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year, as determined by the vote of Division I coaches who are members of United Soccer Coaches. A total of 38 players were on the watch list.

With the honor, Thiesen becomes the fifth male Mountaineer player to be named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, including the first since Eric Schoenle in 2012. The recognition comes after the native of Kiel, Germany was selected in the All-Sun Belt pre-season team. , as well as TopDrawerSoccer’s Preseason Best XI First Team.

Thiesen, a Third Team All-America selection by United Soccer Coaches and TopDrawerSoccer in 2021, scored two goals and helped West Virginia record nine shutouts last season. He started all 21 games, totaling 1,980 minutes.

Fifteen male players and 15 female players will become Hermann Trophy semifinalists on Nov. 30, after Division I All-America voting is complete. On December 7, the top three players from a final round of voting will be named finalists. The 2022 winner will be announced on January 6, 2023, in a ceremony at the historic Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Mountaineers open the 2022 campaign on Thursday night against Robert Morris at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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