SPOKANE, WA- (WhitworthPirates.com) Whitworth men’s soccer seniors Micheal Ramos and Matt Bray garnered player of the year honors to lead a group of eight Pirates recognized as All-NWC performers for the 2014 season. The All-NWC honorees were released by the conference office.
Ramos was named the NWC Offensive Player of the Year while Bray was named NWC Defensive Player of the Year. Ramos and Bray are the ninth and tenth players, respectively, to receive a NWC player of the year honor in Whitworth men’s soccer program history.
Sam Engle joined Ramos and Bray as a First Team All-NWC selection. Spencer Wolfe, Colin Shockman, Karl Muelheimsand Rylan Berriman each were recognized on the All-NWC Second Team while Samual Jarrett earned honorable mention consideration.
Student-athletes receive all-conference recognition based on voting from the coaches in the conference. The entire list of 2014 All-NWC men’s soccer student-athletes can be viewed here.
Ramos, a forward, led the conference with 12 assists during the regular season and tied for the top goal-scoring mark with 13 goals. He played his first three years of collegiate soccer at Walla Walla CC and then Seattle University before joining Whitworth this season. Ramos helped the Whitworth offense lead the NWC in goals scored (49), goals per game average (2.6) and rank second in assists (37). He was a unanimous first team selection.
Bray, a Whitworth captain, appeared in every match during the regular season and made 18 starts at defender. He also scored a goal on his lone shot attempt this season during a recent win over Linfield. A two-time honorable mention selection, Bray has helped anchor a Whitworth defense that posted a .90 goals-against average during the regular season, which ranked second in the conference. The Whitworth defense did not allow a goal in the last three matches of the regular season as the Pirates edged Willamette and Puget Sound for the conference title.
Engle, a junior midfielder, made 18 starts during the regular season and scored five goals to go along with six assists. He earned honorable mention recognition as a freshman, and was a second team selection last season.
Wolfe and Shockman have started alongside Bray on the Whitworth back line. Wolfe, an honorable mention selection in 2013, has assisted three Whitworth goals this season. Shockman, an honorable mention choice in 2011 and 2012, has scored one goal from his defensive position in 2014.
Berriman, a sophomore, and Muelheims, a junior, tied for second on the team with six goals apiece. Berriman also added four assists. Jarrett has totaled four goals and one assist this season, starting 18 matches and playing alongside Engle in the midfield.
Whitworth claimed the NWC title and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament this season with a 15-1-3 overall record, including a 10-1-3 mark in NWC play. The Pirates open the NCAA tournament on Friday against Covenant College at 5:30 pm (PST) at the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
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