Philadelphia Native Receives Second Such Honor of his 10-year Career
The National Indoor Soccer League (NISL) announced that Philadelphia KiXX defender Pat Morris has been named the 2008-09 NISL Defender of the Year. The 10-year veteran was also named the League Defender of the Year for his performance throughout the 2004-05 campaign.
A four-time all-star defender, Morris was also named to the All-NISL First Team, marking the seventh occasion he was named to an All-League unit in his illustrious career. The Philadelphia native finished the 2008-09 season ranked third among all NISL scorers, first for the Philadelphia KiXX, with 51 points on six three-point goals (1st NISL), 11 two-point goals, and 11 assists. Morris surpassed several impressive career feats this season including 500 blocks, by far the team’s all-time mark, and 400 points.
The Northeast Catholic and Philadelphia University graduate appeared in all 18 games this season and recorded three hat tricks. Morris was also named the League’s Defender of the Month for his performance throughout December in which he recorded 17 points and a team-best nine blocks in Philadelphia’s five contests.
The NISL’s formal voting process to determine the League’s postseason awards polls members of the media, as well as NISL coaches and general managers and asked each voter to cast a vote for first-place (value five points), second-place (three points), and third-place (one point).
Top Players Receiving Defender of the Year Votes:
Pat Morris, Philadelphia KiXX - 37 points
Genoni Martinez, Monterrey La RaZa - 25 points
PJ Wakefield, Baltimore Blast - 18 points
Tijani Ayegbusi, Rockford Rampage - 18 points
About the National Indoor Soccer League
The National Indoor Soccer League was launched in September of 2008 and consists of five founding members; the Baltimore Blast, La RaZa de Monterrey, Philadelphia KiXX, Rockford Rampage and the Massachusetts Twisters. The NISL has formed a working relationship with the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and has received provisional membership in the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
The NISL kicked off its inaugural season on November 15th and concluded on March 29th. The 2009 NISL Championship Series consisted of three of the five NISL clubs competing in two rounds, the Semifinal Round and the Championship Game (April 11). The Rockford Rampage defeated the Monterrey La RaZa in the Semifinals to advance to play the Baltimore Blast in the Championship Game. The Blast claimed the regular season title and earned an automatic bye to host the Championship Game at 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, April 11.
2009 NISL Championship Game:
Saturday, April 11 at 1st Mariner Arena, 7:35 p.m. ET, Baltimore Blast vs. Rockford Rampage