HADLEY, MA – Three members of Mike Russo's Williams men's soccer team (11-6) that finished second in the NESCAC Tournament have been accorded All-NESCAC honors.
Junior midfielder Matt Muralles (Weston, Fla.) was named to the First Team. He paced the Ephs in points (14) and goals (6) this year. Muralles will lead the Ephs into the NCAA Tournament this weekend after Williams earned an at-large berth. Williams was selected to host First and Second Round games this Saturday and Sunday.
Muralles has played in 55 games to date for the Ephs and has notched 9 career goals. "Matt is our leading point-getter from his attacking midfield position," Russo. "Matt can finish, but is also a great creator as his final passes place our front players in great positions to finish. He is a very creative player and is exceptional with the ball at his feet. Matt possesses all the attributes of an excellent midfield player: he can play out of tight areas, he can switch the field accurately, play the final pass, and shoot from long range."
Four of Muralles' 6 goals this season have been game-winners.
Senior goalie Peter Morrell (Brunswick, ME) and sophomore forward Mohammed Rashid (Accra Ghana) were named to the Second Team. For Rashid it is the second year in a row he has been named to the Second Team by the NESCAC coaches. Last season the dynamic forward also earned the conference's Rookie of the Year honor.
Rashid missed the first month of the season with an injury, but his return has been impressive and needed. In 11 appearances Rashid has scored 4 goals (1 game-winner) and he has registered 4 assists.
"Mohammed made an immediate impact on the team after returning from injury," noted Russo. "He is our best 1V1 attacking player who can finish, but he can also deliver the final pass to help others score. Mohammed is tireless, working very hard on both sides of the ball. He is passionate about the game of soccer and he brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm to practice and games."
Rashid has netted 9 goals and recorded 10 assists in just 33 games, totaling 28 points.
In 1,547 minutes goalie Peter Morrell has compiled a goals against average of 0.93, stopping 72 shots, giving him a save percentage of .818.
Of his 11 wins this season, Morrell has authored 6 shutouts. "Peter has helped stabilize our defense as he has been very strong in goal all year, " commented Russo. "He is a very good shot stopper, but can also cut out the cross with ease. He is capable of making the big save and he distributes the ball from his goalkeeping position as well as anyone in the region."
A four-year letterman, Morrell has played in 44 games and 2,109 minutes in his Eph career. He owns 16 career shutouts.
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