Aoyama, Bull Earn NSCAA Second Team All-America
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Following another impressive season by the Amherst College men’s soccer team, which featured its first-ever No. 1 national ranking, its second consecutive NCAA Elite Eight appearance, a 40-game unbeaten streak and a third-straight NESCAC title, Julien Aoyama ’14 and Tom Bull ’16 represented the Jeffs on the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men’s All-America Teams and were named to the second team, as announced Friday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Amherst was one of five schools to have two or more athletes on the list and led all NESCAC teams with two honorees. Ben Brewster ’14 represented Bowdoin on the first team while Billy Hawkey ’14 of Conn. College and Matt Muralles ’15 of Williams were both selected to the third team.
A first team selection a year ago, Aoyama became the first Jeff to win consecutive All-America laurels since Grayson Holland ’08 did in 2007 and 2008, and only the sixth player in Amherst history to earn such a feat.
The star senior defender anchored the Jeffs' backline once again this fall and was also recognized on the All-New England South First Team earlier in the week. A stellar career in the Purple & White has accumulated several accolades, which also feature a 2013 All-NESCAC First Team honor, a 2012 First Team D3soccer.com All-America selection, a 2012 D3soccer.com Defender of the Year honor, a 2012 All-New England South First Team award, and a 2012 All-NESCAC Second Team honor.
Aoyama was the leader on a stellar Amherst defense once again this year, a defense that allowed only 10 goals all season and just 52 shots on net. A top defender in the country the previous two years, the senior also added two assists offensively and was a major contributor to Amherst’s success.
In just two seasons as a Jeff, Bull has proved to be one of the top keepers in the nation. The sophomore followed up a stellar first-year campaign with a 0.47 goals-against average, ranking fourth in Division III men’s soccer. Logging 1926:00 minutes between the posts, the sophomore allowed just 10 goals all season. At 6’4”, Bull posed serious problems for his opposition with small windows of scoring opportunities.
A first team all-conference honoree, the Jeff keeper posted a league-high 10 shutouts including a streak of four-straight from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30. He did not allow more than one goal in a game all season and made 47 stops for a .825 save percentage.
Bull also displayed his strong leg on several occasions this season, which included a highlight worthy goal off a free kick from midfield that went over the head of the opponent’s goalkeeper.