WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College men's soccer coach Erin Sullivan '96 has announced that senior defender Tobias Muellers and senior midfielder Tom Young will serve as captains of the 2017 Williams men's soccer team.
Tom Young is an attacking midfielder from Scarsdale, NY who has been a steady contributor for the Ephs in all three of his seasons.
An economics major, Young has appeared in 45 (out of a possible 48 games) during his Williams career. He has registered 5 assists while being a consistent playmaker out of the midfield, often providing the final pass for Williams' top scoring threats. His elite technical ability and skill in tight spaces have made him a fixture in the Williams midfield and a dangerous threat in the final third.
An All-Section performer from Edgemont HS, Tom also played high level club soccer for the prestigious New York Soccer Club and has remained a part of their program competing at the U-23 level during the past few summers.
Muellers is a highly decorated three-sport athlete and two-sport captain from Burlington, VT.
In soccer, Muellers has been a three-year starter and stalwart defender for the Ephs leading the team to winning campaigns and postseason berths in the NESCAC tourney in each of his three seasons.
Muellers also served as captain of the Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field teams at Williams and produced one of the top seasons in school history (heptathlon & decathlon) in 2016-17 earning All-America honors at both the 2017 NCAA Indoor and 2017 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, extending his streak of All-American track & field performances to three.
A chemistry major, Muellers finished second in the decathlon at the recent NCAA Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio. On the final day of the event Muellers recorded five personal records in the five events and broke the Williams decathlon record with 6,870 points. The previous record for the decathlon by an Eph was by Derek-Sasaki Scanlon in 1997 when he tallied 6791 points.
At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships Muellers received the NCAA's Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA among all of the competitors. Competing in the heptathlon Muellers notched an eighth place finish to earn All-America honors with 4,895 points. Muellers has now earned two All-American honors in the decathlon and one in the heptathlon in his career.
"Tobias and Tom each bring considerable experience, intelligence, and leadership to the role of captain," noted Sullivan. "Both have been standout performers on the field and are quintessential scholar-athletes here at Williams. We will look to them to continue to set a positive tone for a dynamic, hard-working, and resilient squad."
"While Tobias competed in winter and spring track, Tom Young and the entire senior class have been instrumental in keeping the team active, driven, and focused leading up to this season. Tom has shown a high level of proficiency in the role of liaison between coaches and players as well as in creating a positive, purposeful offseason environment. They will each play pivotal roles for our squad both on and off the field."
This past summer Young held an internship in the Williams College Investment Cffice in Boston and played soccer with several Williams alumni in a highly competitive league.
Muellers spent the summer doing chemistry research at Duke University in the research laboratory of Jennifer Rozen '03. Muellers was featured in the Ephs' Summer Experiences article released earlier this month and has also been profiled previously in the EPH SPOTLIGHT series.
The Ephs will open the 95th season of men's soccer at Williams Saturday, September 9th at Trinity College. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Hartford, CT.
In the 2017 home opener, the Ephs will host the Amherst College Mammoths in a highly anticipated Little Three match on Cole Field. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m.