Freshman reigns

Webster University's Aamahn Murvin, center, dribbles past Harris-Stowe State University soccer players at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in St. Louis on Sept. 6.

Walden Grove High School graduate Aamahn Murvin led the Webster University men’s soccer team in every major offensive category in the 2018 season.

Not bad for a freshman.

Murvin, 18, scored nine goals, and had five assists and three game-winning goals for the Webster Gorloks in St. Louis.

Murvin, who graduated from WGHS in 2018, had an offer from Oregon State University, a Division I school, before choosing Webster, which plays in Division III. He said the high tuition at OSU was the deal-breaker.

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

Ryan Atkinson, who coached Murvin all four years at Walden Grove, said soccer was all the young athlete talked about. Atkinson said Murvin was the best player at Walden Grove for more than two years of his high school career.

Atkinson said Murvin was a quick study, and cited where he once taught him to play center back in two minutes during a game — a position he had never played.

“I took Murvin aside and quickly taught him how to play center back, subbed him in and he helped us pull out a 3-2 win and advance to state,” Atkinson recalled.

Atkinson said he knew Murvin could among the best players he ever coached when he first saw him on the field. Murvin scored 21 goals and had 16 assists his last two years of high school.

Murvin’s mother, Kalisha Eddington, moved to St. Louis from Sahuarita with her two other children after Murvin decided to attend Webster. She said her son did not want to make the move without the rest of his family.

Eddington has been a single mom for most 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, and that moving to St. Louis was an easy decision.

The Gorloks soccer team recruited Murvin, who's majoring in business, at a showcase in Phoenix. Webster University 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 in his first year — points, goals, assists, shots, shots on goal and game-winning goals.

Siener 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.

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 everyone can see, Tate said. He said Murvin’s attitude was contagious and helped create a better team atmosphere.

Murvin’s season ended in a penalty kick shootout against Greenville (Illinois) University in the first round of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.

Murvin said he wanted Tate and the other seniors to have a conference title to their name before they graduated. When that didn’t happen, the tears flowed.

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

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

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

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