Murphy receives male soccer player of year award

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Jared Murphy repeated as the best male soccer player as the P.E.I. Soccer Association held its annual awards presentations Saturday in Charlottetown.

Murphy won the award on the back of another fine season for SoccerStop P.E.I. F.C., which won the McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League, and represented the province at the national club championships. Murphy and Brett Hogan tied for the tournament's scoring title at the nationals with five goals in five games.

Briar Roberts, of the Holland College Hurricanes and the Winsloe Blizzard, won the top female honour after scoring 10 times and being named the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) MVP. Roberts was also named an all-Canadian, while she helped the Blizzard win a provincial women's title in the summer. 

Mark Smith, of the Winsloe Charlottetown Royals under-18 team, was also a repeat winner of the association's junior male athlete award following a season where the Royals finish fifth at nationals.

The fullback was one of the UPEI Panthers most consistent performers during his rookie university season.

Fellow UPEI rookie Danielle Younker won the junior female award. In what was a difficult campaign at times for UPEI, Younger stood out in central defence with her poise and confidence being a great boost for the team moving forward. She also helped the Winsloe under-18 girls reach the nationals, where again she enjoyed a fine tournament.

The team of the year award was presented to the Winsloe Charlottetown under-18 Royals, recognizing not just their excellent performance at nationals, but also their provincial premier senior championship. Many of the team's players have already started playing university soccer, with others heavily recruited by varsity teams.

Jamie MacKinnon of Eliot River won the Alan Godfrey volunteer of the year award for his efforts at all levels of the game with the association, while the Lowell Stewart memorial award was presented to Julie VanLeeuwen of the Central Queens Clippers, recognizing not just her volunteer work at the soccer club, but also in the community with 4-H and her local church.

Ian Murray, a longtime volunteer at the Kensington and Area Soccer Club, was recognized for his hard work by winning the administrator of the year. 

The Souris Lamplighters took home an award when under-12 coach and technical director Justin Mackenzie was named coach of the year for his efforts in developing young players in the area.

The official of the year awards went to Kate Compton, who was recognized for her knowledge, calm manner and potential as an up-and-coming referee, and Ian Fradsham, who not only handles most of the Island's biggest games, he nurtures many young officials as the referee association's technical director.

Organizations: Holland College Hurricanes, Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association, P.E.I. Soccer Association McCain New Brunswick Premier Soccer League Area Soccer Club

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Eliot River, Kensington

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