Student, Coach Receive Soccer Honours, New Soccer Complex Opens

November 10, 2011 - Campus Bulletin

Robbie Murphy of the University of Guelph has been named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Player of the Year in men’s soccer, and his coach, Keith Mason, has won CIS Coach of the Year.

This year, Murphy led Ontario University Athletics with 16 goals in 14 conference games and became the Gryphons’ all-time leading scorer after surpassing the previous mark of 25 career goals with his 31 goals.

Murphy’s father played football for the University of Ottawa, and two members of his extended family were professional athletes.

Head coach Mason takes home west division Coach of the Year honours after leading his team to 10 victories, twice as many as in the previous season. He is the first Guelph men’s coach honoured by his CIS peers.

On Nov. 8, U of G’s Department of Athletics celebrated its new state-of-the-art Gryphon soccer complex. The $7.2-million project comprises two full-sized Polytan artificial turf soccer fields, a half-sized artificial turf practice field and a full-sized natural grass rugby field, which was completed this month.

The soccer complex is part of a multi-million-dollar athletics facility master plan for U of G, which includes construction and renovation of a student fitness and recreation complex and renovations to Alumni Stadium.

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