Men's Soccer: Norwich announces 2019 recruiting class

2019 Norwich men's soccer recruiting class

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Norwich University men's soccer head coach Adam Pfeifer announced his 2019 recruiting class on Tuesday afternoon.

Pfeifer announced 17 recruits will be joining the Cadets for preseason camp in August as Norwich will look to continue its consistent success as a perennial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contender. 

Norwich will open the 2019 season on Friday, August 30 when it hosts the Cadet Kickoff Classic and takes on Southern Maine at 4 p.m. on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.

Name: Shoki Araki    
Hometown: Riverside, Conn.         
High School: Greenwich
Club/Last Team: Beachside Academy SC
Position: Forward/Midfield
Height/Weight: 5-foot-6, 140 pounds
Major: International Studies

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Greenwich High School … FCIAC champions in 2016.

PERSONAL: Son of Chise Araki … majoring in International Studies.



Name: Julio Arreola  
Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.   
High School: Chula Vista
Club/Last Team: Newbury College
Position: Midfield/Defense
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds 
Major: Criminal Justice

BEFORE NORWICH: Captain for 3 years of High school … Captain for 1 year SWC, All league … Senior year, Second-Team All-State … Newbury College First Team All-Conference … … Conference Champions … Freshman Community College SWC Conference Champions NECC Champions Newbury

PERSONAL: Son of Fausto and Maria Arreola … Majoring in Criminal Justice.  


Name: Raynolds Awusi  
Hometown: Germantown, Md.     
High School: Watkins Mill
Club/Last Team: Southern Vermont College
Position: Midfield/Defense
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 172 pounds 
Major: Management

BEFORE NORWICH: Three-sport athlete at Watkins Mill High School in soccer, lacrosse and wrestling … two-time Division Champions … Regional Champions and State Semifinalists … spent two years at Southern Vermont College.

PERSONAL:  Son of Samuel Awusi and Cecilia Dede … majoring in Management.


Name: Michael Bento
Hometown: Brookfield, Conn.     
High School: Brookfield  
Club/Last Team: AC Connecticut
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 5-foot-7, 145 pounds 
Major: Computer Security and Information Assurance

BEFORE NORWICH: Four-year soccer player at Brookfield High School … Captain and All-Conference as a senior and All-Division as a junior … Class M State Champion, Conference champion and division champion as a sophomore …

PERSONAL: Son of John and Renee Bento … brother, Matthew is also a member of the Norwich men's soccer team and has one sister, Sofia … will be a rook in Norwich University Corps of Cadets … majoring in Computer Security Information and Assurance.


Name: Julius Davis    
Hometown: Peabody, Mass.           
High School: John Bartram  
Club/Last Team: Newbury College
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 5-foot-7, 156 pounds
Major: Management

BEFORE NORWICH: Transfer from Newbury College and served as team captain last year … scored three goals and had one assist for seven points … played in all 20 games, starting 18.

PERSONAL: Son of Emmanuel Davis and Alice Zayeneh … majoring in Management.


Name: Brice Eka     
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.            
High School: Watkins Mill   
Club/Last Team: World Class Premier
Position: Midfield
Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 154 pounds
Major: Architecture

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Watkins Mill High School in Maryland … went undefeated and won league, regional championships as a freshman … three-time team MVP and All-Star as a senior … played club soccer for World Class Premier winning OBGC Capital Cup, Memorial Cup and Columbia Fall Classic.

PERSONAL: Son of Kodjo Eka and Akou Kowo … has two siblings Assou and Assoupi … majoring in Architecture with a minor in Business.


Name: Elias Gabrielsson
Hometown: Ostersund, Sweden
High School: Wargentin Skolan
Club/Last Team: Ope IF
Position: Defender
Height/Weight: 6-1, 189-pounds
Major: Psychology

BEFORE NORWICH:  Played for Ope IF club soccer team and won two district championships, including two promotions in the same year … served as youth team captain and was awarded player of the season for youth team … won player of the year twice for club team. 

PERSONAL:  Son of Mathias and Jeanette Gabrielsson … majoring in Psychology.


Name: Matteo Iagrossi  
Hometown: Schenectady, N.Y.   
High School: Mohonasen
Club/Last Team: Blackwatch Premier
Position: Forward/Midfield
Height/Weight: 5-foot-7, 150 pounds 
Major: Criminal Justice

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Mohonasen High School in New York … First Team All-Star senior year and served as team captain … Male athlete of the year senior year.

PERSONAL: Son of Angelo and Luisa Iagrossi … has two siblings, Jessica and Jennifer … Majoring in Criminal Justice. 


Name: Andrew Kalombo
Hometown: Worcester, Mass.
High School: Doherty Memorial
Club/Last Team: Newbury College
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-1, 163-pounds
Major: Management

BEFORE NORWICH:  Two-time Central Mass All-Star team … Massachusetts State All-Star … played three years at Newbury College … NECC Player of the Year … NECC First Team All-Conference … NECC All-Tournament team … two-time NECC All-Academic team … United Soccer Coaches East Region All-Scholar team … Inter-high champions sophomore year of high school … NECC Soccer champions (junior) … NECC Track and field champions (sophomore).  

PERSONAL: Son of Clement Kalombo and Adolphine Ntumba … majoring in Management.


Name: Sebastian Llanes   
Hometown: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla.         
High School: Cardinal Gibbons
Club/Last Team: Team Boca Soccer Club
Position: Defender
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 155 pounds 
Major: Mechanical Engineering

BEFORE NORWICH: Played four years of soccer at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Florida … served as team captain as a senior and was a BCAA All-Star.

PERSONAL: Son of Mauricio Llanes and Patricia Del Aguila … stepfather, Mark Glore … will be a rook in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets and part of Army ROTC … majoring in Mechanical Engineering.


Name: Josue Lopez 
Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.   
High School: San Ysidro
Club/Last Team: Newbury College/Aztecs FC  
Position: Midfield/Defense
Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 160 pounds 
Major: Criminal Justice

BEFORE NORWICH: Three-year varsity soccer captain … two-year Best Defensive Player and team MVP … First Team All-South Bay … Southwestern College Captain … Best defensive player … Newbury College best midfielder First Team All-Conference and scored a goal in one NCAA Tournament appearance …  won NECC Championship in 2018.   

PERSONAL: Son of Jose and Francisca Lopez … majoring in Criminal Justice.


Name: Hunter Lortie
Hometown: Manchester, N.H.
High School: Manchester West
Club/Last Team: GPS New Hampshire  
Position: Midfielder
Height/Weight: 5-9, 160-pounds
Major: Criminal Justice

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Manchester West High School … two-year captain and earned All-State Honorable Mention honors … played club soccer for GPS New Hampshire for four years and was a two-year captain … won National Cup Championship in 2018 and was runner up in 2017.   

PERSONAL:  Son of Matthew and Dorene Lortie… has two siblings, Zachary and Jaxson Lortie … will be a rook in Norwich University Corps of Cadets … majoring in Criminal Justice.


Name: Ryan McKee  
Hometown: Oneonta, N.Y.       
High School: Oneonta
Club/Last Team: Oneonta SC
Position: Midfielder
Height/Weight: 5-foot-7, 135 pounds 
Major: Civil Engineering

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Oneonta High School in New York and was teammates with Alex Brannan … two-year captain … All-State as a junior … two-time All-Conference and All-Division once … two-time team sectional champions … transfer from Ohio Northern University.   

PERSONAL:  Son of Doug and Julie McKee … has one sister, Kylie. Father played soccer at St. Bonaventure and mother was member of diving team … majoring in Civil Engineering.


Name: Joseph Thongsythavong
Hometown: Salem, Mass.  
High School: St. Mary's
Club/Last Team: NEFC  
Position: Midfield/Forward
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 161 pounds 
Major: Mechanical Engineering

BEFORE NORWICH: Rookie of the Year (Freshman) Unsung Hero (Sophomore) Team MVP (Junior Year and Senior Year) School Hall of Fame League All Star (Junior and Senior) Eastern Mass All Star All State Player All New England Player Captain (Senior) Boston Globe Division 4 Player of the Year All Scholastic Player (All Soccer Awards)  League Champions (Sophmore-Senior Year) City Champions (Freshman and Sophmore Year) Undefeated Season (Junior Year) North Champions (Freshman and Senior Year) Eastern Mass Champions (Freshman and Senior Year) State Finalists (Freshman and Senior Year)

PERSONAL: Son of Khamphone Thongsythavong and Angel Thongsythavong … has four siblings; Wade, Natasha, Jake and Jasmine … majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Name: Robert Wagenseller  
Hometown: Poway, Calif.       
High School: Poway
Club/Last Team: San Diego Surf SC
Position: Goalkeeper
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds 
Major: Biology

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Poway High School … won three league championships and finished in second place in the CIF as a senior … two-time All-League selection and three-year captain … Defensive Player of the Year and All-State nominee as a senior … plays club soccer for San Diego Surf SC that is the third ranked club team in the state of California and 28th in the nation.

PERSONAL:  Son of Ward and Christine Wagenseller … has one brother, James … three-year Army ROTC Scholarship recipient … majoring in Biology.

Name: Jacob Wiggins
Hometown: Willington, Conn. 
High School: Edwin O. Smith
Club/Last Team: Northeast United Premier SC (CT)
Position: Goalkeeper
Height/Weight: 6-4, 175-pounds
Major: Computer Science

BEFORE NORWICH: Varsity Soccer Captain 2016 (Senior), Soccer All-Academic Team Soccer All Conference Team 2016 (Senior), All Conference Team 2017 Indoor T&F (Senior), Regional Conference Qualifier for High Jump 2017 Indoor T&F (Senior), All Conference Team 2017 Outdoor T&F (Senior), Certificate for three Varsity Letters 2017 (Senior) … Varsity Soccer Central Connecticut Conference Champions 2016 (Senior), Central Connecticut Conference Champions 2017 Indoor T&F (Senior), Central Connecticut Conference Champions 2017 Outdoor T&F (Senior) … played at Marion Military Institute and Manchester Community College.

PERSONAL: Son of Mark and Roseanne Wiggins … has one brother, Matthew … majoring in Computer Science.

Name: Evan Williams
Hometown: Clermont, Fla.
High School: Montverde Academy
Club/Last Team: La Liga SC  
Position: Defender
Height/Weight: 5-5, 125-pounds
Major: Computer Security and Information Assurance

BEFORE NORWICH:  Played four years and won three national championships from 2016-2018 … played club soccer for La Liga Soccer Club.  

PERSONAL:  Son of Timothy and Elizabeth Williams … father Timothy is a Norwich University alum … has two siblings, Mason and Ainsley … majoring in Computer Security and Information Assurance.