KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Reigning America East Striker of the Year Afonso Pinheiro has been named to the 2016 Men’s Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy Watch List for the collegiate soccer player of the year.
Pinheiro is one of 30 male soccer players around the country to be named to the preseason list. The Hermann Trophy is given to the top male and female collegiate soccer player each season by the MAC.
Pinheiro is the first-ever UAlbany player, male or female, to earn a spot on the Hermann Trophy watch list.
Going into his junior year, the Sao Paulo, Brazil native is the only UAlbany soccer player to earn back-to-back America East yearly awards, being the Striker of the Year in 2015 and the Co-Rookie of the Year in 2014. He led the America East with 11 goals last season, including four multi-goal contests, adding four assists for 26 points.
In his two-year UAlbany career, he has 18 goals and six assists for 42 points. He ranks second in UAlbany’s Division I history in goals and points only to Jarvin Skeete (20 goals, 51 points from 1999-2001).
Pinheiro is the only player on the list from the continent of South America and is one of three America East representatives along with Robert Moewes of Binghamton and Chris Wingate of New Hampshire.
The lists will be narrowed to 15 towards the end of the collegiate regular season and knocked down to three finalists on each side. The MAC Hermann Trophy winners will be announced on January 6th, 2017 in St. Louis.