Thirty-four of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2012 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year. Among those nominated is Temple freshman midfielder Jared Martinelli
Martinelli, a four-time A-10 Rookie of the Week and two-time Philly Soccer News College Player of the Week this season, scored 28 points in 2012, tied for eighth all-time for most points in a single season at Temple. The midfielder from Mechanicsburg, Pa. was ranked third in the nation for most points by a freshman through the regular season. Of his 28 points, 18 came from his nine goals, the most for an Owl since 2003 and is the third-most by first-year player at Temple. Five of his goals were game-winners, delivering half of the team's total wins. Martinelli became the third player in Temple history to notch double figures in the assists category when he tallied his 10th in the Owls' A-10 Tournament berth victory at La Salle on Oct. 28.
The editors of each of the sites in the Soccer News Net network nominated up to five local players for the award, each of which will be eligible for the regional player of the year award. The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within each site's coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country. Nine additional at-large selections rounded out the nominations.
Fans from across the country will be able to vote for the top collegiate player. Voting will continue until December 22, and will be conducted on Philly Soccer News (www.phillysoccernews.com
), Big Apple Soccer (www.bigapplesoccer.com), Chicagoland Soccer News (www.chicagolandsoccernews.com), LA Soccer News (www.lasoccernews.com), New England Soccer News (www.newenglandsoccernews.com), and Dallas Soccer News (www.dallassoccernews.com) and DC Soccer News (www.dcsoccernews.com) which will officially launch later this year, but is conducting voting as an introduction to the site.
Online fan voting will account for 40% of the total toward the award. The remaining 60% of the vote will be cast by the Soccer News Net editorial staff.
The winner of the popular vote will receive the Soccer News Net Supporter's Choice Award.
Cast your vote for the Soccer News Net College Boot player of the year