Five members of the Hobart College soccer team were honored by the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletic Department at the Block H Awards Dinner on April 27. The Stephen R. Murphy ’77 Memorial Award went to senior defender Kyle Herod as the team’s MVP.
Junior defender Tyler Niles earned the Geoffrey S. Perselay ’75 Award and junior goalie Tyler Serafine was presented with the Ray DeMuth Award. First-years Zach Poretz and Joseph Escamilla shared the Rookie Award for Soccer.
A tri-captain, Herod started 11 of the 12 games he played in this year. He was sidelined by an injury in the middle of the season, but ranked third on the team with nine points on four goals and an assist. Herod notched the game-winning goals against Clarkson and RIT. He played a key role defensively in five of Hobart’s shutouts this season.
Herod played in 46 games in his Hobart soccer career. He logged six goals and an assist for 13 career points.
Niles suffered an injury just before the start of the season that kept him off the field for the entire year. He earned the Perselay Award for his perseverance and tireless work ethic and putting in the time on his own to get back and ready for next season. He was recently voted a 2015 captain by his teammates.
Niles has played in 35 career games logging two goals and an assist for five career points.
Serafine played in 12 games this fall, starting in goal in eight. He logged a 0.77 goals against average and an .881 save percentage with a 5-2-2 record and four shutouts, Serafine had a shutout streak that spanned parts of five matches this season, lasting 599:59. He made a season-high 12 saves in a scoreless draw with Skidmore. He was selected the Defensive Performer of the Week once.
Serafine has played in 25 career matches. He has posted six career shutouts and registered a 10-2-2 record, posting a 0.67 goals against average and an .879 save percentage.
A midfielder, Poretz started 17 of the 19 games he played in. He notched seven points on two goals and three assists. Poretz logged the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-0 victory over Utica. A defender, Escamilla played in 18 games, starting 14. He stepped up to play a big role on defense. Escamilla also registered two assists in a 6-1 win over Nazareth. He played a major role in nine of Hobart’s 10 shutouts this year.
The Statesmen finished 2014 with a 12-5-3 overall record, notching their ninth consecutive winning season.