December 17, 2018

Freshman Gorloks soccer player leads offense in every offensive category

Aamahn Murvin led the Webster University men’s soccer team in every major offensive category for the 2018 season.

Murvin scored nine goals, had five assists and three game-winning goals for the Gorloks. This was Murvin’s freshman season.

Murvin said he received an offer from Oregon State University (OSU), a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division one school, before coming to Webster. Murvin declined the offer because he said the tuition was unaffordable.

Murvin said he thought he was going to attend OSU or a soccer academy in England. These options were too expensive, according to Murvin.

“You either gotta be really good and they offer you a bunch of money, or you gotta be rich,” Murvin said.

Murvin was good enough to get an offer from a division one school. With the financial option unaffordable for OSU, Webster was next on the list, Murvin said.

His mother, Kalisha Eddington, moved to St. Louis with her other two children after Murvin decided to come to Webster. Eddington said Murvin did not want to make the move without the rest of his family.

Eddington has been a single mom for almost all of Murvin’s life. Murvin said not having his father in his life has affected him on and off the field.

“After soccer games, you see everybody else’s families there together,” Murvin said. “The moms and the dads [are] there and then I’d walk out.”

Eddington said Murvin has been a father figure for his siblings. She said moving to St. Louis to be with Murvin was an easy decision.

The Gorloks soccer team recruited Murvin at a showcase in Phoenix, Ariz. Men’s soccer head coach Mike Siener said they did not originally go to Phoenix for Murvin, but ended up recruiting him anyway.

Murvin then outplayed everybody on the team statistically on offense. Those categories are points, goals, assists, shots, shots on goal and game-winning goals.

Siener said he sees the potential for Murvin to put up even better numbers in the next three years.

“If he continues to work hard and get better, he’s going to have a really good career here,” Siener said.

Siener said seeing a player like Murvin succeed was rewarding because he had to work harder than most other players, whether it is in the classroom or getting to practice on time.

Murvin said school has never been his strongsuit. His mother homeschooled him during his freshman year of high school because he was struggling in class.

Murvin said he did not like being homeschooled but also did not like the work he did at school. If it wasn’t for soccer, Murvin said, he would be flipping burgers somewhere.

Senior teammate Eric Tate said the team had a good chance of creating something offensively when Murvin had his foot on the ball.

“Without him, we would not have been as fierce up top and in the attack as a whole,” Tate said. “He always seems to find the ball and the ball always seems to find him.”

Murvin has a passion that everyone can easily see, according to Tate. He said Murvin’s attitude was contagious for the team and helped them create a better atmosphere.

Murvin’s season ended in a penalty kick shootout against Greenville University in the first round of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Murvin said he thought about what he could have done to change the outcome of the game before the penalty kicks.

Murvin said he wanted Tate and the other seniors to have a conference title to their name before they graduated. Murvin said tears started to flow down his face when that didn’t happen.

“They can’t come back,” Murvin said. “That’s it for them.”

That, Murvin said, made him think about the opportunities he missed during that game.

Murvin said his biggest motivation to continue playing soccer is his mom and his family. Coach Siener said he believed Murvin could be on track to have a storied career with Webster University soccer.

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