The highly-regarded midfielder entered the season with big shoes to fill in the wake of the graduations of Colin Stripling and Courier News Player of the Year, Andrew Leischer.
Murphy, a diminutive 5-10, 145-pounder, has seized the opportunity and run with it.
Blessed with a shot which is both powerful and accurate, Murphy is already headed toward a breakout year after getting four goals and a team-best 12 assists as a freshman. He’s opened this season on a torrid place, tallying seven goals and three assists in four games. The sophomore has a trio of multigoal performances in victories against Parsippany Hills, Voorhees and Cranford.
“He plays at a level above most high school soccer players,” said longtime Scotch Plains-Fanwood coach Tom Breznitsky. “All of the attributes you look for in an outstanding player he has. He has great technical skills, he has a tremendous tactical understanding of the game. He passes the ball well and he has a soccer brain. James is one of the finest we’ve had in a while, especially to do what he’s been doing as a sophomore.”
2013 Game Statistics
Sept. 7 vs. Parsippany Hills: 3 goals, 2 assists.
Sept. 10 vs. Voorhees: 2 goals, 1 assist.
Sept. 13 at Cranford : 2 goals.