HADLEY, MA – Three members of Erin Sullivan's 2018 Williams College men's soccer team (10-5-3) headed to the NCAA Tournament this Saturday in Cortland, N.Y to play Elizabethtown College have been accorded all-conference honors. The Eph trio was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team
"Our coaching staff is thrilled to see three of our players selected to the 2018 All-NESCAC team," said head coach Erin Sullivan. Our program is based on a team first concept, so there is not a high priority placed on individual awards. That said, it's always a positive sign for our players to be recognized by opposing coaches from what is arguably one of the deepest conferences in the nation."
Andreou and Fleischer lead the Ephs in goals this season with four each. Fleischer has four assists to give him the team lead in points at 12. Andreou is second in points with 9. Fleischer has appeared in 18 games this fall, starting 16, while Andreou has played in a career high 15 games, starting 14. In his career Andreou has tallied seven goals and he has assisted on five for 19 career points.
"Greg has had an outstanding senior season, especially when you consider the significant injuries he has dealt with," noted Sullivan. "From a purely statistical standpoint, he's been a massive difference maker with two game-winning goals and a plethora of positive plays for our team. When he is clicking, his service on restarts, technical quality in connecting passes, and finishing are incredible to watch. Much more than that, his steady presence and vocal leadership have bolstered our team and strengthened our mentality. It's fitting that he be recognized among this cohort as he is truly an exceptional all-around soccer player. We simply would not be where we are without him."
Fleischer has also recorded a season best in games played with 18 this fall and in his career he has accounted for 17 points with five goals scored and seven assists.
"I'm particularly pleased to see Chris recognized for his outstanding performances this season," said Sullivan. "His contributions can be overlooked in some NESCAC games where the midfield is being bypassed. From our perspective, he is easily one of our most complete players, reading the game and combining at lightning fast speeds, while maintaining a very high work-rate and covering a tremendous amount of ground. He continues to be one of our most dynamic possession players and facilitates so many positive things in our attack. As coaches, it's always exciting to see players come of age as the season unfolds and Chris has elevated his game this fall driving our team forward into the postseason."
Bardong has played in all 18 games this season, notching 15 starts. He has tallied one goal this fall. To date Bardong has appeared in 34 games for the Ephs and has scored two goals.
"Liam has had a stellar season adapting to each and every role we've asked him to play," stated Sullivan. "His performance at center back earlier this season was very strong and paved the way for our team to discover the necessary depth and proper rotation of several excellent two-way defenders. It's been his emergence into a ball winning and playmaking force at defensive midfield that has taken our team to another level. Liam is in my opinion a quintessential Williams Soccer player - a fierce competitor on the field, an incredible teammate and gentleman off it, and a true scholar-athlete."