Rhys Williams


Position: Defender/Midfield

Height: 5’10”

High School: Cypress Bay

Club Soccer: Weston FC

Class of 2015

2016: Played in 16 matches, getting the start at midfield in eight of those contests … Totaled two goals and three assists on the season … Knocked in his first goal of the season at Monmouth (Sept. 14) … Added another score against Drexel (Oct. 4) in a 2-0 Lions win … Added an assist during Columbia’s 3-0 victory over Penn (Nov. 9) … Found Arthur Bosua for another assist in Columbia 4-0 victory over Cornell (Nov. 13) which clinched the Ivy League title for the Lions.

2015: Started 12 games as a midfielder during his junior campaign … Netted a goal in his first outing of the season, a 2-0 victory at Marist (9/8), earning Ivy League Player of the Week … Added an assist in Columbia’s 2-1 overtime win over No. 18 Provicence (9/13) … Finished the season with 11 shots on goal and 23 total shots, both the second most on the team.

2014: Earned All-Ivy League second team honors … Tied for the team high with three goals, while adding one assist for seven points … One of two players to be featured in all 16 games, while starting 11 of those contests … Earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals in the season opener against Michigan (9/6), helping the Lions to a 3-0 victory … Scored his third goal of the season against Penn (10/11) when teammate Francisco Agrest sent a cross that he headed into the net … Added his first career assist on a Nicholas Pappacena goal in a win over Fordham (9/24).

2013: Finished second on the team with 1,344 minutes played, making 16 starts in 17 games … Key defensive contributor to Columbia’s five shutouts … Scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-0 shutout of Manhattan (9/18) … Tallied 15 shots, five on goal, in the final four contests of the year.

Cypress Bay: Williams competed for Cypress Bay for three years, capturing All-Broward County honors as a right back his junior season.

Weston FC: Williams was a key component in back-to-back state titles (2011-12), as well as helping the squad win the ESPN National Championship in 2012 with nine goals over the course of the season.

Personal: Plans to major in economics … Son of David and Paula Williams … Born in White Plains, N.Y.