ROLLA, Mo. – For the sixth time in the last seven years, a member of Missouri S&T's men's soccer team has earned Academic All-America honors, as Miner midfielder David Murphy (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central) landed a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America's academic squad for the 2017 season.
Murphy was a first-team selection to the team for NCAA Division II and is the 10thselection from the S&T men's soccer program to be named. In addition, Murphy's award is the 92nd that has been won by a Missouri S&T student-athlete in the history of the Academic All-America program, the fifth-most among schools at the NCAA Division II level.
Murphy, a junior at Missouri S&T who is majoring in mechanical engineering, earned his first All-GLVC honor this season as a third-team selection as a midfielder after scoring seven times with five assists for 19 points during the 2017 campaign.
Two of his seven goals were been game-winners this year, one in a win over Quincy in late September which led to him also earning GLVC player of the week honors and the other in the last game the Miners won this season, an overtime triumph in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament when the Miners defeated top-seeded Rockhurst – a team that eventually reached the NCAA Division II semifinals.
Murphy scored on 15.9 percent of his shot attempts this season, the highest percentage of success for a Miner with at least 20 shots taken.