Matt

Merrill

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Midfielder
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 155
Year: Senior
City/State: Mission Viejo, CA
High School: Santa Margarita Catholic HS
Major: International Business
Experience: 3 Letters

Bio

AS A SENIOR IN 2018
United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Third Team ... All-CCAA Second Team ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (9/17) ... Started all 16 games played, as holding central midfielder ... First collegiate goal was incredible 80th-minute winner in come-from-behind 2-1 decision vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (9/14) in CCAA opener, a first-time, right-footed blast off Brett Jones' left-sided corner kick, from outside left edge of penalty box and into upper right ... Played 68 minutes of 1-0 shutout in opener vs. Biola (8/30) ... Missed three games through injury, vs. Concordia Irvine (9/6) and Saint Martin's (9/10), and at Cal Poly Pomona (10/14).

AS A JUNIOR IN 2017
CCAA All-Academic ... Started all 13 games he appeared in as holding central midfielder, missing four through injury ... Made season debut in home opener vs. Occidental (9/2) after sitting out at Biola (8/31), playing 69 minutes of 3-0 shutout victory.

AS A 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 FRESHMAN IN 2015
Sat out season due to injury.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014
Attended UC San Diego during 2014-15 academic year, but was not on 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 ... Completed UC San Diego degree in December of 2018 ... Interested in a career in sports ... Favorite UC San Diego 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
2017 13 13 846 0 1 1 6 .000 2 .333 0 0-0
2018 16 16 1179 1 0 2 9 .111 2 .222 1 0-0
Totals 51 47 1958 1 1 3 22 .045 9 .409 1 0-0

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
2016
2017
2018

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