KANSAS CITY, MO -- Three members of Erin Sullivan's 2019 Williams College men's soccer team that advanced to the NESCAC Quarterfinals finished 8-4-5/5-2-3 in NESCAC have been accorded All-New England honors by the United Soccer Coaches Association of America.
"It's a tremendous and fitting honor for this trio to be recognized as All-New England performers by opposing coaches," stated Eph head coach Erin Sullivan. "Their consistently strong performances this fall, along with that of several other unsung heroes, guided our team to a very competitive season just shy of a national tournament appearance. In addition to being superb scholar-athletes, all three young men are excellent players, outstanding teammates, and exemplary community members. We're privileged to coach, mentor, and share the field with men of their character and ability."
Gass started all 17 games this season and lead the Ephs in scoring with seven goals and he registered one assist for a team high 15 points. He also converted on his one penalty kick opportunity and he tied with Bobby Fabricant for most game-winning goals with two.
Gass started 28 of 39 games for the Ephs and he scored 14 goals and assisted on one for 29 career points. Six of his goals were game-winners.
"Demian had a tremendous senior season and was one of the most lethal attacking players, not only in the NESCAC but, in all of New England," Sullivan said. "His blinding pace and athletic prowess created so much offense for our team and led to some truly incredible moments in front of the goal. His resilience in recovering from prior surgeries to start every single match and log major minutes in his senior season only further demonstrates his physical and mental toughness."
This fall Gass was featured in an Eph Spotlight Video:
Bardong started 16 games this season and from the back was also a force on offense, tying for third on the team in points with six off of two goals and two assists. A year ago, Bardong was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. In his Eph career Bardong started 43 of 51 games and netted four goals and added two assists for 10 points.
"Liam was a stalwart at centerback all season," Said Sullivan. "His vocal control of the backline, fearless ball-winning, and warrior-like mentality held so many great teams in check and gave our team a chance to win every match. He also continued to contribute on the offensive end, initiating our build out play, notching two goals and two assists, and being an unstoppable force on attacking restarts. Liam made so many players around him better this season and that epitomizes who he is as a player, leader, and person."
Last fall Bardong was featured in an Eph Spotlight Video:
Jules Oberg patrolled the Eph midfield and was instrumental in moving the ball forward into the Ephs' offensive third as well as disrupting opponents' advances in the middle third of the field. Oberg tallied one goal this season and that came on his only penalty kick opportunity and it was a game-winner. That goal and two assists gave Oberg four points on the year.
In just two seasons Oberg has played in 35 matches for the Ephs, starting 27. He has two career goals and four assists for 8 points.
"Jules is a special talent and a complete two-way midfielder," stated Sullivan. "His technical ability, field awareness, and composure are often among the highest on the field in any given game. Jules' instinctive ability to pass and combine in small spaces creates so many positive ideas and tempo for our team in possession. He proved himself to be a clutch player all season and had some of his best performances in some of our highest stakes matches."
Sullivan also paid tribute to this year's senior class, "Demian and Liam are core members of our first recruiting class, an amazing group of young men. Together with fellow tri-captain Chris Fleischer (2018 All-NESCAC selection), Bobby Fabricant, Andrew Mathew, and Teo Pollini, these six seniors guided the team to a very strong second half of the season. Collectively they accounted for 15 of our 25 goals and their performances gave our team a lead in 14 of our 19 games and a chance to win every single match. Despite things not finishing in the manner we had hoped, this senior class leaves an indelibly positive mark on our program and has raised the bar for Williams Soocer for seasons to come.