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Athlete of the Week: Josh Murphy ’15

Stepping out of his typical role as defender and acting as a forward, Co-Captain Josh Murphy ’15 scored Andover’s only two goals in a span of ten minutes against Taft last Saturday, not only saving the game in its last crucial minutes, but also preventing Andover Boys Soccer’s first lost on Smoyer Field in two years.

Murphy’s impressive performance was a reflection of his hard work and a representation of his outstanding leadership and talent. Murphy has a strong left foot and makes effective runs; he sees the field well, encourages his teammates and leads by example. Murphy’s heroics against Taft has earned him the title of _The Phillipian_’s “Athlete of the Week.”

**Describe your thought process going into the end of the second half with Andover down by two goals.**

Our number one team goal is that we don’t lose on Smoyer Field. I was extremely worried — we have only lost once at home in my entire time here (two years ago against Deerfield). It was a horrible feeling that I never want to experience again. We all knew we couldn’t lose, so, with a few minutes left, [Head Coach Will Orben] moved [me] up to forward and [Dylan Mott ’15] and I had a little conversation about how we had to score.

**What were you thinking after your first goal?**

The fans were so into it, and we had built up a really good momentum at that point. We were moving up on them and maintaining control of the ball. I was hopeful that we could pull out the win, but the job wasn’t [done] yet.

**What was the first thing you thought after you scored the second goal?**

I wasn’t thinking much of anything. I just ran over to the bench to celebrate.

**What motivates you?**

Playing for Andover, … the tradition that comes with it [and] the fact that I’m the [Co–Captain]. … I know how influential [all of the Captains before me] were to the program. I’m so honored to be a part of that lineage, which motivates me to play hard every time I’m on the field.

**Best part of BVS?**

Being together everyday — it’s like a family. Practices, games, everything.

**What do you hope to accomplish this year?**

I hope to accomplish as much as the team possibly can. If that means we can win the New England Championship, then that’s what we will do.