Norton, Mass.- Head Coach Bryan Waggoner has announced 12 incoming players for the 2020 men's soccer recruiting class.
The 2020 incoming class features five defenders, four midfielders, and three forwards including players from New England, the West Coast, Mid-Atlantic, and Europe.
"We are tremendously excited for our 2020 class to join us this fall. We really feel we brought in a well-balanced class with strong student-athletes that not only fill our needs from graduation but also add great depth to every area of the field within our program. A number of guys from this class will compete to be on the field right away and we feel all of them can be strong contributing members in the near future. Our staff worked hard to find the right type of players that fit into our vision and direction of the program. All of these student-athletes want to compete for championships and understand the commitment it takes to do that. We graduated a great group of seniors that can never be replaced. This group of first-year along with our strong core of returning players should make us contenders in the very strong NEWMAC conference once again."
|UMCW / VV Scharn|
Tom is the son of Itzhak and Efrat Bareven and has two younger brothers, Ben and Ron. He is a dual citizen of both the United States and Israel. During his senior season of high school and club, he scored 13 goals while adding 22 assists. With VV Scharn he won three regional championships and a U-17 EUFA Semi-Professional Champion. Tom's favorite team is Liverpool and his favorite book is Things Fall Apart.
Waggoner on Bareven: "Tom hails from the Netherlands and will bring a lot of important qualities that will greatly enhance our midfield group. Tom's ability to drive from deeper positions with power and pace out of the midfield will add another element to our attack. He also has a strong aptitude to unbalances defenses with his acumen with longer balls out of the midfield. We believe he can acclimate quickly to the college game and put his influence in a match."
|Conestoga / FC Europa|
Ryan is the son of Jamie and Beth Bell and has an older brother Gavin and younger sister Sadie. He played both center back and outside back as he helped lead Conestoga to a district and state championship in 2019. With FC Europa, he is a Region 1 and Jefferson Cup champion. Ryan is a Liverpool supporter and his favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.
Waggoner on Bell: "Ryan comes from a strong Conestoga High School program where he helped lead them to a Pennsylvania state championship. He brings a tenacity in his tackling ability and strength in aerial challenges that will bring some bite into our backline. He is very comfortable on the ball and can break lines with his passing out of the back which will be vital in how we look to play in the future."
|Scotch Plains, N.J.|
|Union Catholic / PDA|
Jonathan is the son of Mitzi LaFarga and has an older sister, Isabella, and younger brother, Brandon. As a captain at Union Catholic, he earned All-Conference honors. He played club for PDA ECNL where he served as the team captain helping his team qualify for national tournaments. Jonathan's favorite team is Manchester City and his favorite book is Inside Story of a Boy that Became Legend.
Waggoner on DiDario: "Jonathan comes from a strong PDA ECNL team. As captain for both his club team and high school team, he will bring some great leadership qualities to our backline. Jonathan has good pace and tactical awareness to become a great central back in the NEWMAC and college soccer. Add that on top of his ability to open matches up with his vision and passing ability and you have an all-around player ready to make a quick impact in our program."
|St. Raphael Academy / Bayside FC|
Julian is the son of Juan Guillermo and Maribel Giraldo and has an older brother Juan and a younger brother Adrian. He has won seven Rhode Island state cups with Bayside FC. At Saint Raphael Academy, he was a state champion and a three-time Division Champion. He was a two-year captain while earning three-time All-Division and two-time All-Tournament honors. He is also a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Julian's favorite team is Chelsea.
Waggoner on Giraldo: "Julian was a state champion for both for his Bayside club team and Saint Raphael Academy high school team, he understands what it takes to win big soccer games. He has uncanny composure on the ball and will help calm our backline down while in possession. He understands how to read the flow and subdue critical attacking movements of the opposition."
|Coginchaug Regional / Shoreline United FC|
Evan is the son of James and Ursula Hempel and has a younger sister, Sofia. As a captain, he earned All-Conference honors and helped lead Coginchaug to the best overall record in school history. For Shoreline United FC he contributed 3 goals and 14 assists as a defender. He has the ability to play both outside back and center back. His favorite team is Arsenal.
Waggoner on Hempel: "Evan is a great fit for what we are looking for out of our outside back position. He is strong on the ball and can hit penetrating passes into our forward line. His ability to read the game and pick critical moments to get involved in the attack will make the opposition always have to account for him on the field. Combine that with his pace and ability to hit balls across the field to weak side wingers and you have a complete outside back."
|Lexington / GPS Massachusetts|
Robert is the son of Sheila Combs and Jack Lloyd and has a younger brother Will and a younger sister Maya. With GPS Massachusetts, he was National Qualifier and three-time captain while scoring 9 goals and adding 24 assists. At Lexington High School he had 18 goals and 15 assists. He was a two-time Middlesex League Champion and was named to the Conference Best 11. He was also named a Middlesex League All-Star. Robert's favorite team is Barcelona.
Waggoner on Lloyd: "Robert is a true box-to-box central midfielder. He is fantastic on the ball and always looks to retain the ball while in possession. He can win balls in the air and is hard in the tackle. On top of that, he has the ability to get in the box and score goals at any given moment of the game. His 51 career points as captain at Lexington High School show his aptitude to get forward out of the midfield. His all-around game will fit very well into how we are looking to play in that area of the field."
|Cathedral Catholic / West Coast FC|
Gavin is the son of Jennifer and Brian Mahoney. He was born in Philadelphia, PA but moved to California. With West Coast FC he was a Surf Cup Champion and state finalist. At Cathedral Catholic he scored 8 goals helping them become Western League Champions. He was a three-time All-Western League team member. He was also named to the All-San Diego team while being named to the Union Tribune All-Academic team. Gavin's favorite team is Manchester United.
Waggoner on Mahoney: "Gavin hails from the San Diego area where he has been an all-league performer. He has excellent vision and is very savvy on when to keep the ball in the team and when he should open the game up and take a chance going forward. He reads the game very well and has an uncanny ability to win balls in the midfield and will be vital in starting our attacking movements."
|Bishop Hendricken / Bruno United FC / University of Rhode Island|
Ewan is the son of Nycole and Steven Noble and has a younger sister, Emma. He played for Bruno United FC, Rams FC, and NEFC RI. He was a state cup champion. At Bishop Hendricken he was a First Team All-State and All-Division member. He will be transferring in for the fall of 2020 from the URI who made it to the second round of the NCAA Division I Tournament. Ewan's favorite team is Chelsea and his favorite movie is 21 Jump Street.
Waggoner on Noble: "Ewan comes to us from a very strong URI program. As one of the top players in Rhode Island the year before, along with his college experience already, he will be ready to influence matches at the college level. His vision out of the midfield will add another dimension to our attack. Ewan understands how to hit the final pass to penetrate into the space behind a backline. He can also breakdown defenses with his 1v1 ability on the ball, this will help add a lot of unpredictable elements to our attack and keep defenses guessing."
|La Salle Prep / Westside Timbers|
Luke is the son of Rachel Larson and Kevin Strange and has a younger brother Quentin. He plays for Westside Timbers where he helped win a state championship. At La Salle Prep he was a preseason high school All-American and scored 26 goals and had 21 assists his final two years while leading them to a 17-0-1 record and another state championship his senior year. Luke was the 2018 Conference Player of the Year while also earning All-State and All-Conference honors twice. Luke's favorite team is Manchester United.
Waggoner on Strang: "Luke comes to Wheaton from two of the top teams in Oregon. His La Salle Prep and Westside Timbers club teams were both state champions. Luke played critical roles on both teams as a forward and winger. He brings a great attitude and mindset to our offensive core. He has the confidence to take defenders in 1v1 situations and create scoring opportunities in the final third. He has a strong understanding of how to get his entire team involved in the attack. His mentality going forward fits with everything we are cultivating within Wheaton Soccer."
|South Medford / Rogue Valley Timbers|
Angus is the son of Jenn and Ken Stringer. He joins his brother, Charlie at Wheaton College who is a rising junior on the Wheaton men's soccer team. For Rogue Valley Timbers he played both center back and holding midfield. At South Medford High School, he was a captain and had 3 goals and 2 assists from center back. He earned All-Conference honors. His favorite team is Barcelona and his favorite movie is Avatar.
Waggoner on Stringer: "Angus comes to us from Oregon as well. He has great size and aerial presences both areas we lacked and needed to fill due to graduation. He has a strong understanding of his spacing and ability to pass which will allow us to build a stronger base in possession. Add that to his ability to read and cut off passing lanes from opposing teams attacks and he will add depth to our team's defensive core."
|Central Falls, R.I.|
|St. Andrews / Bruno United FC|
Kevin is the son of Liliana and Jorge Vargas and has a sister named Nathaly. He helped lead Bruno United to become National Runner Ups after winning the Rhode Island State Cup. At St. Andrews he scored 52 goals and had 32 assists in just 2 years. Kevin was a two-time All-State and SENE First-Team member. In 2018 he was named SENE Conference Player of the Year as a junior. His favorite team is Liverpool and is an avid Harry Potter fan.
Waggoner on Vargas: "Kevin comes to us as one of the top players in the state of Rhode Island. He knows how to score goals and will add a lot of firepower to our young attacking group. He scored 52 goals and had 32 assists in his sophomore and junior years of high school. Kevin has great strength to target and hold play up, as well as pace to get behind a backline. His intensity and desire to score make him the type of player to come up with big goals in big moments."
|South Freeport, Maine|
|Freeport / Seacoast United Maine|
William is the son of Meredeth and Mark Winter and has a younger sister, Ellie. For Seacoast United he scored 28 goals over the last two years and was part of three consecutive state championships from 2016-2018. Will was a captain at Freeport High School where he accumulated 31 goals and 18 assists and helped lead them to the 2018 Class B Championship and State Runner Up. He earned All-State and First Team All-Conference honors while being selected to the Maine Senior Bowl. Will's favorite team is Arsenal.
Waggoner on Winter: "William comes to us from Maine to continue our strong connection of high-quality student-athletes from the area. Will has the ability to play anywhere in the attack and truly has a special sense when it comes to scoring goals. He is always looking to shoot and create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. Will's shooting and finishing ability make him a threat every time he steps on the field. He will bring the ability to score a goal out of nothing into our program and add another facet to our attack."