William and Mary men's soccer sophomore Ryder Bell helped AFC Cleveland to the National Premier Soccer League championship over the weekend.
Cleveland won its first league title in its fifth year as a club with a 4-2 win over Sonoma County Sol FC 4-2.
Bell scored the final goal in extra time and finished the summer season with two goals and four points.
The Moreland Hills, Ohio native was an all-rookie selection last fall in the Colonial Athletic Association. He tied for the Tribe team lead with seven goals, added three assists and 17 points.
After a summer competing internationally for France, 2016 William and Mary graduate Terry Tarpey signed his first professional contract with ASC Denain Voltaire in the French Pro B league.
Along with fellow graduate Sean Sheldon, it marks the 10th-straight season that a recent Tribe men's basketball graduate signed a professional contract.
Fourteen W&M players under head coach Tony Shaver have signed and played professionally.
Tarpey was born in Poissy, France and competed for the French A National Team during July. He helped The Blues to the Stankovic Continental Cup Championship on July 9 in China. After going 3-0 in pool play, France downed Argentina, 70-57, in the title game, and Tarpey tallied five points, three rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal. He had games of eight and 12 points in the Sino-European Men’s Basketball Championship.
ASC Denain Voltaire competes in the second division of France. The organization placed fourth in Pro B, while being Leaders Cup Semifinalists and Playoff Finalists in 2015.
William and Mary earned a pair of preseason top-10 national rankings on Monday afternoon: a No. 9 ranking by STATS, and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll.
Earlier this summer, a trio of national media outlets included the Tribe in their preseason national polls: Sporting News (No. 6), Lindy's (No. 7) and Athlon (No. 13).
The CAA boasted six ranked teams in the preseason STATS poll, the most of any conference in the nation.