Pepperdine's Bri Visalli Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist
WCC Player of the Year in the running for soccer's top honor
(Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletic Communications)
MALIBU, Calif. – An already extensive list of accolades for Pepperdine women’s soccer midfielder Bri Visalli grew on Tuesday, as the senior was named one of the 15 semifinalists for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy.
Since 1967, the MAC Hermann Trophy has been given annually to the top women’s and men’s collegiate player in the country. Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on December 8 in conjunction with the Men’s College Cup semifinals in Philadelphia. The 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy banquet will be held at the historic Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on January 5, 2018 to formally announce this year’s winners. Visalli is the second Wave to ever be named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, following Lynn Williams who garnered the honor in 2014.
Visalli wrapped up a stellar four-year career this season for the Waves, picking up the first West Coast Conference Player of the Year honor in Pepperdine history. She was named to the All-WCC first team for the second time in her career and picked up recognition for her work in the classroom as a CoSIDA Academic All-District and WCC All-Academic honoree.
The Waves’ captain led the WCC in points (34), points per game (1.62), goals (14), goals per game (0.67), assists (tied, 6), game-winning goals (6) and shots (76) this year. Over the course of her career, she has led the team in goals and points twice, and assists once, doing both this season.
This year, Visalli set the Pepperdine single-season records for game-winning goals with six and penalty-kick goals with six as well. Her 14 goals this year are tied for the second best single-season total in Waves’ history and her 0.67 goals per game this year are the fourth best total ever for a Wave. She owns the Pepperdine career record for penalty-kick goals with seven, is seventh on the Waves’ career scoring list with 25 goals, second on the career list with 14 game-winning goals and is the Pepperdine career record-holder in games played (83) and games started (81).
Visalli helped the Waves to their first ever outright and back-to-back WCC title this year, and the program’s 10th berth in the NCAA Postseason. Her 83rd minute goal against Cal State Fullerton propelled the Waves into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history.
During her tenure at Pepperdine, the Waves have won 51 games, won two WCC titles made the NCAA postseason three of the four years, advancing to at least the second round all three times and into the Sweet 16 once.