NORTON, MA- Wheaton College men's soccer junior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) became the seventh National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American in school history and first since 2005, as the forward was voted to the second team upon his initial selection.
One of just eight players from a New England school among the 43 selected to three teams, Moreira was the lone New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) player on a squad. Moreira's naming marked the 11th time in the last 14 seasons a Wheaton player was voted to an All-America team. His selection caps off a year in which he was named all-region, all-conference and league player of the year.
Currently ranking 26th among Division III players in goals per game (0.80), Moreira led the NEWMAC in points (34), tallies (16) and game-winning markers (7). His seven game-winners fell one short of the eight-year-old program record. Moreira also tied for third in single-season annals for goals while placing seventh in points.
Moreira recorded at least one goal in 11 games, turning in all of Wheaton's goals during four victories, including during a 2-1 win at NCAA Tournament participant Western New England College. He served as Wheaton's offensive sparkplug, as evidenced by scoring the Blue and White's first goal nine times. Entering his senior year, Moreira is tied for second at the school in career goals (35) and seventh in points (76).
A two-time captain, who earned a NEWMAC All-Conference selection for the second straight year, Moreira has started 58 of the 60 career games in which he played. Since his arrival, Wheaton has gone 42-15-8, including 10-5-3 in league play. The Lyons competed in one NCAA Tournament while capturing a conference tournament title and regular season crown.
Wheaton went 18-4-1 this fall with a 5-1 conference record, suffering its losses to three teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament field. The Lyons stand seventh in the region according to the latest NSCAA poll.
The NSCAA All-America teams are determined through voting by NSCAA member coaches. The honorees will be invited to the NSCAA All-America luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, January 16, as part of the 63rd annual NSCAA convention in Philadelphia.