Wheaton picks up four first-team all-league picks for third time
NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team earned four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league first-team honors for the third time in program history and five total selections during Tuesday's postseason meeting at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Seniors David Ferriero (Medway, Mass./Medway) and Josh Solomon (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) became just the second and third Lyons to be named to an all-conference first squad three times, joining current second-year assistant coach James Greenslit '06.
Senior Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) was selected to the first team for the second straight year while being named an all-league player for the third consecutive fall. Sophomore Cecil Jeffrey (Framingham, Mass./Rivers School), who corralled second-team laurels a year ago, was tabbed to the first squad, while senior transfer Alex Redding (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) was voted to the second team.
A defensive mainstay for the better part of his career, Ferriero once again anchored the Lyon backline from his center back position. Ferriero helped lead Wheaton to eight shutouts while playing an integral role on a unit that surrendered one goal or less 14 times. He also scored twice.
A consistent offensive contributor over the course of his career, Solomon's seven goals and 17 points this season were good for third on the team and among the top 10 in the NEWMAC. He also added a game-winner in a non-league game. Solomon will leave Wheaton ranked fifth in program history in assists (25), sixth in points (81), eighth in goals (28) and tied for eighth in games (81).
Moreira shared the team lead in points with Redding, finishing with 20 to go alongside squad bests of nine goals and four game-winners. The forward stands second in game-winners among all NEWMAC players while tying for second in goals and tying for fourth in points. For his career, Moreira will graduate Wheaton as the program's second all-time leading scorer with 44 goals and 96 points.
One of seven Lyons to have started in every game he played, Jeffrey was instrumental from his midfield position offensively and defensively. He scored the team's lone goal during a double-overtime draw at league foe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) while assisting tallies against Coast Guard and then-regionally-ranked Haverford College.
Transferring to Wheaton after playing three seasons at Division I Providence College, Redding made an immediate impact, as he finished with eight goals, four assists, 20 points and three game-winners. His 20 points tie for fourth in the league, while his eight tallies are tied for fifth. During one five-game stretch, Redding recorded 11 points and a pair of game-winners.
The Lyons went 11-6-3 this fall with a 3-2-1 league mark, reaching the conference tournament title game for the ninth time in 13 years. Wheaton is ranked in a tie for 10th in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).