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Timberline’s Alain Murhula named Gatorade boys soccer player of the year

Alain Murhula, right, flies down the wing for Timberline during a 2-1 victory over Centennial during the 5A state semifinals last fall.
Alain Murhula, right, flies down the wing for Timberline during a 2-1 victory over Centennial during the 5A state semifinals last fall. For the Idaho Statesman

Timberline senior Alain Murhula added another award to his mantle Thursday, winning the 2015-16 Gatorade Idaho Boys Soccer Player of the Year honor.

Murhula, a refugee from the Congo who worked a job during the season to support his family, led Timberline to a 19-1-0 record and the 5A state title. He finished with 22 goals and six assists, including 12 goals in six postseason games.

“Alain Murhula was ridiculous at the end of the season, especially,” Boise coach Mike Darrow said. “He was the best player on the field each time he played.”

The 6-foot, 165-pound forward was also the Idaho High School State Soccer Coaches Association’s State Player of the Year for large schools in December.

He’s the first Timberline player to win the Gatorade award since goalkeeper Michael Soderlund in 2010-11.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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