Our second countdown of the summer is the #StormTop10 Moments, highlighting the top team, single-season and career efforts of 2016-17. The list was voted on by the Simpson coaching staff and will be unveiled each weekday.
#StormTop10 Moments No. 2: Garrett Pochop, MVP
Nobody had a better season for the Simpson Storm in 2016-17 than men's soccer player Garrett Pochop.
The junior midfielder from Pierre, S.D. became just the second Iowa Conference Men's Soccer MVP in school history and first since 2000 when he scored a school-record 22 goals in 2016. He finished the season fourth in Division III in goals scored and sixth with 51 total points.
Pochop dominated opponents throughout the season, but did the most damage late in the year. After the Storm suffered a four-game losing streak, Pochop put the team on his back. He scored 12 goals in the final eight games, leading Simpson to a 6-2 record during the span and a win over Central in the first round of the IIAC Tournament.
In addition to his performance on the field, the economics major got it done in the classroom as well. Pochop was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American for maintaining a 3.95 cumulative GPA.
Pochop's 2016 Resume
• Iowa Conference Offensive MVP
• First Team Academic All-American
• Second Team All-Region
• 3x IIAC Offensive Player of the Week
• National Player of the Week (Oct. 30)
• School-record 22 goals (4th in Division III)
• 51 total points (6th in Division III)
• 5 game-winning goals
No. 10: Baseball walks off twice / Wrestling beats BV on last-second pin
No. 9: Women's swimming breaks 12-year old relay record
No. 8: Women's basketball extends winning streak against Central
No. 7: Men's basketball comes back to beat Central in closing seconds
No. 6: Men's cross country posts second-best regional finish since 1996
No. 5: Jordan Beem eclipses 3,000 career rushing yards
No. 4: Dual-sport star Isaac Frazier closes award-winning career
No. 3: Men's golf surges to second at IIAC Championship
No. 2: Garrett Pochop, MVP