SEWANEE, Tenn. - Announced on Tuesday by head coach Tony Pacella, the Sewanee men's soccer program will welcome nine incoming freshmen to the 2019 roster.
"The incoming 2023 class is arguably the deepest and most talented group since my arrival at Sewanee. Players from some of the top club and high school programs in the country are comprised in this group," quoted Pacella. "I have to give a lot of credit to Assistant Coach Patrick Bain. He has worked tirelessly recruiting these young men and his hard work has definitely paid off. I can not wait to get the team back on campus in August."
Click the video below from the Sewanee Men's Soccer YouTube Channel to see highlights from the incoming class. Click here for more videos from the men's soccer YouTube Channel.
Below is a list of the incoming freshman class.
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
Position: Center Midfielder
Club Team: CESA
High School: Spartanburg High School
Athletic Accomplishments: Four-Year Varsity Player, Three-Time All-Region, 2017 Regional Champions, Selected for The North-South All-Star Game, Alternate for Clash of Carolinas All-Star Match, Two-Time SHS MVP, Senior Year Captain, Led the Team in Goals both Junior and Senior Year, Three-Time District ODP, Last Year Region ODP.
Academic Accomplishments: National Honor Society
Personal Statement: "I am super excited to be a part of the Sewanee soccer team. Sewanee provides not only is a great soccer environment, but it is also a great academic institution as well."
Hometown: Griffin, Ga.
High School: Spalding High School
Club Team Name: AFC Lightning 01 Gold
Athletic Achievements: Four years of Varsity, Three-year Team Captain, Three-Time First Team All-Region, Two Time First Team All-Conference. 2016 All-State Selection. 2016, 2017 Georgia ODP Team, 2017 Region 3 Team. 2017 and 2018 Georgia State Cup Final Four with AFC Lightning.
Academic Achievements: National Honor Society, Beta Club
Personal Statement: "I am excited to be attending and playing soccer at Sewanee for the next four years. The beautiful campus and incredible staff made it an easy choice for me and my family. Being able to meet most of the players and the coaches made me realize Sewanee has not only a team but a family. I can not wait to be a part of it."
Hometown: Mandeville, La.
High School: Lakeshore High School
Club team: Mandeville Soccer Club Lakers
Athletic Accomplishments: Four-Time State Champion with Mandeville, First Team All-State, First Team All-Metro, Two-time First Team All-District, Two Year Captain, Two Time LHS Player of The Year 2018 State Runner Up with Lakeshore, 2001 ODP Region III Team.
Academic Accomplishments: National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta
Personal statement: "I am extremely excited to continue my academics and soccer career at Sewanee the next four years. I cannot wait to begin my time on the domain both on and off the field!"
Hometown: Sante Fe, N.M.
Club: Rio Rapids Northern SC
High School: Sante Fe High School
Athletic Accomplishments: Lead the state of New Mexico in 5A Class with 29 goals in his senior year, District Player of the Year, All-State Team, 76 goals and 31 career assists, Four-time All-District selection, Three-time Sante Fe player of the year, four-year club captain with Rio Rapids Northern SC.
Academic Accomplishments: AP Scholar with Distinction.
Personal Statement: "Sewanee is the perfect fit for me. It offers a strong liberal arts education in a beautiful location. The coaches were very open and helpful, and I am looking forward to many great seasons as a Tiger."
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Position: Center Midfield
High School: Knoxville Catholic High School
Club Team: FC Alliance 00 Black
Athletic Achievements: Four-year Varsity Starter, Senior Captain, Two-Time First Team All-District, Two-time First Team All KIL, 2018 First Team All-Region, 2018 District MVP, Two-Time KCHS Attacking Player of the Year, Nominated for Knoxville News Sentinel Player of the Year 2018, and 2015 State Champions with FC Alliance.
Academic Honors: National Honor Society, 2017 KCHS Physics Award, Presidents List as a Senior and Honor Roll first three years of high school.
Personal Statement: "The first time I met Coach Pacella and Coach Bain I felt an immediate connection. I could see their dedication to the sport and to the team, and I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of that. The second I stepped foot on Sewanee's campus, my decision was finalized. There is no place that I would rather continue both my soccer and academic careers, and I am thrilled to join the Sewanee family!"
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
Club Team Name: NCFC ECNL
High School Team: Green Hope High School
Athletic Accomplishments: TFCA US Development Academy Team Captain, Lead team in games started and minutes played for the last five years, NCFC U19 ECNL, United Coaches All-Mid Atlantic Team, Two-Time 4A All-State Team, NC All-Region Team, Two-Time All-Conference Team, Two-Time Finalist for High School OT Soccer Player of the Year, 2017 Team MVP, 2018 Green Hope HS Fall Sports MVP (All sports), 2018 Team Captain, Powerade State Cup Champions (2017), Selected for NC East/West All-Star Game and Clash of Carolinas All-Star Game. Two-Time 4A State Champions (2016-18), Rank No. 1 in 2016 and No. 2 in 2018 nationally by MaxPreps. Wake County Cup Champions 2016 and 2018. Anchored the 4A leading defense that gave up only .58 goals/game with 15 shutouts. NC ODP 2012, 2013, 2014.
Academic Achievements: Honor Roll
Personal Statement: "I am honored and excited to be joining the Sewanee Soccer Family. After visiting with Coach Pacella and Coach Bain and spending time with the team, there was no doubt that Sewanee was where I wanted to play. The strong academics, great student support and great Alumni just made my choice that much easier. I am very excited for the years ahead and to play for the Tigers! YSR!"
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
Position: Wide Midfielder
Club team: Beach FC
High School: Cape Henry Collegiate
Athletic Accomplishments: First Team All-Conference, Second Team All-State, Two-Time State Champion, Two-Time TCIS Champion, Four-Time Regular Season TCIS Champion, 15 goals and 14 assists in senior year
Academic Accomplishments: National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society.
Personal Statement: "I am looking forward to starting my time at Sewanee and to be apart of a great school and soccer program instilled with tradition and pride. The school is an ideal fit for me and I can't wait. YSR"
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
High School: Mountain Brook High School
Club Team: Alabama FC ECNL
Athletic Accomplishments: Two-time Club State Champs, Club Captain, ODP Captain, Four-year Varsity Starter (104 appearances) First Team All-State, First Team All-Metro, Three-year All-Metro, Metro Tournament All-Tourney Team, Two-time Southern Shootout Champs: Southern Shootout All-Tourney Team, Voted Team MVP, Team Scholar-Athlete, Two-year member of Soccer Leadership Council, High School Captain, Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Week, Birmingham Region Player of the Week, Max Preps Player of the Week.
Academic Accomplishments: Top 5% Honors Grad, AP Scholar with Honors, National Honor Society Secretary, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club Treasurer, National Latin Honor Society, Cum Laude on National Latin Exam, All-Academic State Team, SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) Citizenship Award.
Personal Statement: "I am beyond excited and honored to be calling Sewanee home for the next four years! Not only is Sewanee a great academic fit, but after speaking with Coaches Pacella and Bain, as well as learning about the team camaraderie, my decision to play at Sewanee was solidified. The mutual respect between the players and coaches is evident. I am really looking forward to beginning the next chapter of my soccer career and helping the team achieve its goals. YSR!"
Hometown: Redcliff, Zimbabwe
Club Team: Tennessee United Soccer Club
High School: Franklin Road Academy (Tenn.)
Athletic Accomplishments: Captain of TUSC club team, National League Participant and two-time Club State Champion, Franklin Road Academy Team Captain, All-District Selection, All-Region Selection, Franklin Road Offensive and Overall MVP, ODP First Team, ODP Region III Pool, ODP Region III Team.
Academic Achievements: Most likely to succeed, Dean's and Head's List, National Honor Society, Most Outstanding Freshman, Founders Award
Personal Statement: "I chose Sewanee because it checked all of my boxes. Not only that, but I also see Sewanee as a school that's going to allow me to be challenged both on the soccer field but also in the classroom. However, the reason I'm most excited for this fall is the relationships and bonds I saw when I visited, both with the team, the coaching staff and throughout the campus. I can't wait to be a part of this amazing community. YSR!"
The Tigers will kick off the 2019 campaign on the pitch Aug. 31 against Brevard (N.C.) at the Berry Invitational in Rome, Ga.