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Five Lions Voted to All-AMCC Men’s Soccer Team

Five Lions Voted to All-AMCC Men’s Soccer Team


11/8/2016 — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Five Penn State Altoona men’s soccer players were selected to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s All-Conference Team, which was released on Tuesday.

Voted first team All-AMCC was sophomore forward Matthew Hibbs (Williamsport, PA/Loyalsock Township).

Hibbs emerged as one of the top offensive players in the conference during his sophomore campaign. He ranked sixth in the AMCC in both goals (9) and points (21), and he tied for ninth in the conference in shots on goal (21) and was 10th in total shots attempted (45). Hibbs’ total of four game-winning goals was the second-most in the league. He was first on his team in points, goals, and game-winning goals, second in shots and shots on goal, and third in assists (3).

Picked second team All-Conference were junior midfielder Seth Murrelle (Sayre, PA/Sayre) and freshman defender Jacob Weaver (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West).

Murrelle was one of three players to start all 19 contests for the Lions this season, and he was a key component of his team’s success in all aspects of the game. He ranked 14th in the conference in goals scored (6), assists (4), and points (16), and he was 16th in total shots attempted (37). On his team, Murrelle ranked second in assists, third in points, goals, and shots on goal (15), and fourth in total shots. Additionally, his strong decision-making, ball movement skills, and veteran leadership made an impact for the Lions.

In just his freshman season, Weaver showed himself to be perhaps the most dynamic center back in the AMCC. His combination of size and speed allowed him to match up well with opposing forwards, and it also benefitted him in his willingness to jump into the attack. Weaver contributed offensively by scoring three goals, including two game-winners, and recording two assists. During the season, he was awarded AMCC Defensive Player of the Week status once, and he also took Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference in the Division III South Region.

Named third team All-Conference were sophomore forward Jordan Crist (Alum Bank, PA/Chestnut Ridge) and sophomore defender Eric Alesius (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West), both of whom were also third team All-AMCC picks during their freshman seasons last fall.

For the second year in a row, Crist used his combination of speed and skill to give opponents fits as a member of the Lions’ attack. He ranked 14th in the AMCC in goals (6) and tied for second on his team in that category while adding one assist. He was also fourth on the Lions in points (13), fifth in shots on goal (14), and sixth in total shots (30).

Alesius started all 19 games for the Lions this fall and was a model of consistency and dependability. Hard-working in his own end of the field and rarely caught out of position, he frequently nullified opportunities for opposing forwards. His smart and steady defensive play helped the Lions limit opponents to 1.70 goals per game, including a 1.41 goals against average against AMCC opponents that ranked third-best among all conference teams.

Penn State Altoona’s total of five players voted to the AMCC All-Conference Team is the most since 2012, when there were also five Lions who earned All-AMCC recognition.

Players selected to the AMCC All-Conference Team are determined by a vote of the conference’s head men’s soccer coaches.

Penn State Altoona men's soccer is 11-7-1 overall, including a 6-2-1 mark in the AMCC. After their defeat to Medaille College in the AMCC Tournament semifinal round on Wednesday, November 2, the Lions have earned a berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship Tournament. Penn State Altoona will travel to Alfred University on Saturday, November 12, when they will play against Penn State Harrisburg in a first round tournament game at 7:00 p.m.

Photo (left to right): Voted to the 2016 AMCC All-Conference Team were sophomore forward Matthew Hibbs, junior midfielder Seth Murrelle, freshman defender Jacob Weaver, sophomore forward Jordan Crist, and sophomore defender Eric Alesius.

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