JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2015) – Head coach Bo Oshoniyi completed the ETSU men’s soccer 2015-16 roster with the signing of 14 newcomers. The signing class consists of six transfers and eight freshmen.
Of the new Bucs, six reside in Tennessee, one in Mississippi, one in New Jersey, one in Georgia, and five coming from other countries around the world (France, Croatia, two from England, and Sweden). Of the players from Tennessee, two were high school teammates (Javier Alberto and John Lucchesi) at local Science Hill. Two others from Tennessee (Ethan Snow and Logan Kington) were part of rival high schools in Knoxville, Tenn, and Luke Parker transitions from his Lobos Rush club team out of Memphis where he was his team's leading scorer. Three of the incoming freshman, Jonny Sutherland, Davor Milanko, and Chrisitian Ilia, live outside of the United States.
The six college transfers have a combined 12 years of collegiate soccer experience. Mitchell Cecatiello played in 12 games with 7 goals on 22 shots last season with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and James Smith had 59 games, 17 goals, and 19 assists in his last three seasons at Lees-McRae College. Yera Sissoko transferred from Franklin Pierce University where he played in 16 games last season with 14 starts as a freshman defender. Elvis Barclay played in 14 games with 12 starts while netting one goal on five shots last season with Iowa Central Community College. Keegan Sanders transfers from Lincoln Memorial University where he played in 16 games last year, starting 11, and Ben Holt comes from Marshall University where he was sidelined during his sophomore year due to injury. During his freshman year, Holt played in 19 games while recording 18 shots with one goal and two assists.
“The transfers understand the rigors and academics from college experience. Each one is mature on and off the field and will make a strong impact with these guys,” coach Bo said. “The freshman class is a big one, but each one seems to buying into the program in a positive way. This class is very deep and talented on all levels.”
Ben Holt- R-So.- Knoxville, Tenn.- Marshall University
“The opportunity to play with better players and top level coaches and facilities is incredible. To have all these perks packed in to the beauty of ETSU is a dream come true.”
James Smith- Gr.-Eastbourne, England- Lees-McRae College
“Coach Bo gave me an offer I couldn't miss. I wanted to come here to help the young guys and play competitively.”
Christian Ilia- Fr.- Norrkoping, Sweden-Fria Laroverken Norrkoping
“I think they can help me achieve my goals of becoming a better soccer player.”
Davor Milanko- Fr.- Split, Croatia-PSG Pitagora
“Choosing ETSU was the right direction I wanted to head in. Coming to America had better opportunities for me than staying in Croatia.”
Javier Alberto- Fr.- Johnson City, Tenn.- Science Hill HS
“It was close to home for me. I had a great experience when I visited campus and met the guys on the team.”
Keegan Sanders-Jr.- Kennesaw, Ga.- Lincoln Memorial University
“I not only wanted to play for a team with such a great attitude and mindset but also a school that I could see myself graduating with a promising future. Coach Bo puts a lot of hard work into this team, and I appreciate his dedication.”
Yera Sissoko- So.- Troyes, France- Franklin Pierce University
“ETSU was a better opportunity for me. I came here to help improve myself in all ways: academics and on the field.”
Mitchell Cecatiello- Jr.- Pascagoula, Miss.-Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
“I transferred here because I wanted to play at a higher level. Coach Bo gave me a chance with two years of eligibility left, and I want to make the most out of it.”
Jonny Sutherland- Fr.- Chester, U.K.- Christelton HS
“I felt this was a wise choice for me to come to the U.S. I want to carry on playing soccer and advance my education in mass communication.”
Luke Parker- Fr.- Memphis, Tenn.- St. Benedict at Auburndale HS
“The school seemed to be the right fit for myself. It has great academics, and I want to major in nursing while I play for the team.”
Logan Kington- Fr.- Knoxville, Tenn.- Hardin Valley Academy
“ETSU is close to home for me. Once I visited campus and met the coaches and players, I knew it was going to be the right fit for me.”
Ethan Snow- Fr.- Knoxville, Tenn.-Farragut HS
“Coaches Bo and Lilly were great with me in their recruiting process. I felt welcomed when coming to campus. Plus it is close to home.”
John Lucchesi- Fr.- Johnson City, Tenn.- Science Hill HS
“Once I came on campus for my first visit, I knew I would like it here. Coach Bo had a great recruiting process for me. I also wanted to major in exercise science, and ETSU has a great exercise science program.”
Elvis Barclay- Jr.- Atlantic City, N.J.- Iowa Central CC
“I moved to ETSU because of the competition. I knew this was the next level, and it is a great opportunity for me.”
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