It took Edwin Demoya a few years to get to college soccer. It didn’t take him long to make an impact.
A 2011 Salem High graduate, Demoya was Most Valuable Player of the Northeastern Conference after scoring 26 goals and adding 10 assists in his senior seaosn with the Witches in the fall of 2010.
After spending a season at Bridgton Academy in Maine and playing club soccer for the FC Blazers, the talented forward landed close to home at Endicott College.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound freshman striker notched his first college goal in a 3-2 win over North Shore Cup rival Salem State, then really broke out at Keene State this past weekend. Demoya had his first multi-goal game, scoring twice in the first half to lift Endicott to a 3-2 win. The goals were both unassisted and came 10 minutes apart.
As a result, Demoya was recognized as Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Week. It was the first weekly award for an Endicott player this season.
Interestingly, Demoya is joined at Endicott by fellow Salem High product Brion Likaj, who like Demoya spent a season at Bridgton Academy after high school.
The start of Demoya’s college career was certainly eventful, since the Gulls’ first five games of the season all went to overtime. Demoya, who creates scoring changes with both his speed and his typically accurate foot, hit the crossbar twice in his second game, a 1-0 loss in the Gull Invitational at home.
Since then, he’s started burying those scoring chances and ranks first on the team in goals (3) and third in total shots (18) with seven of those shots being on goal.
Endicott is 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference action and 4-3 overall. It plays again in a league match on Saturday at Roger Williams looking to extend a two-game winning streak.