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21 Matt Merrill

AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2017
Made season debut in home opener vs. Occidental (9/2) after missing opener at Biola (8/31) through injury, starting in holding central midfield role and playing 69 minutes of 3-0 shutout victory.</p

AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2016
Appeared in 22 games, drawing 18 starts in defensive holding central midfield role ... Part of defense that finished fourth nationally in team goals-against average (0.52) ... Made college debut as starter in opener vs. Azusa Pacific (9/1), playing 80 minutes and stealing ball in lead-up to double-overtime winner ... Credited with seven shots taken, five of them on goal for team-best .714 percentage.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015
Sat out the season due to injury.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014
Attended UC San Diego during the 2014-15 academic year, but was not on the men's soccer roster.

CLUB
Competed for Mission Viejo Soccer Club from freshman to junior year of high school, before moving on to Pateadores Soccer Club in Irvine.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2014 graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita ... Three-year starter for the Eagles ... Two-time All-Trinity League First Team pick as a junior and senior ... All-CIF Southern Section Third Team as a senior ... All-Trinity League Second Team as a sophomore ... Helped guide SMCHS to league title as a junior with undefeated record ... Led team in assists in each of final three seasons.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 16 in Mission Viejo ... Parents are Mike and Anna Merrill ... Has two sisters named Melissa and Megan ... International studies-international business major at Roosevelt College ... Interested in a career in sports after graduating from UC San Diego ... Favorite UCSD moment is 2016 run to national semifinals ... Roots for Chelsea FC and the U.S. men's national team ... Favorite athletes are professional soccer midfielders Andrea Pirlo, Michael Bradley and Nemanja Matic ... Top movie is Remember the Titans ... Loves pasta.

CAREER STATISTICS
Season GP GS MIN G A Pts SHOT SHOT% SOG SOG% GW PK-Att
2016 22 18 1112 0 0 0 7 .000 5 .714 0 0-0
Totals 22 18 1112 0 0 0 7 .000 5 .714 0 0-0

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
2016
2017

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155
Year: Redshirt Junior
City/State: Mission Viejo, CA
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic HS
College: Roosevelt
Major: International Business
Experience: 1 Letter
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