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Men’s Soccer Announces 2016 Recruiting Class

Men’s Soccer Announces 2016 Recruiting Class

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's soccer team announced the addition of 13 newcomers set to join the Storm in the fall of 2016.

The Storm is coming off of a historic 2015 season in which they finished third in the regular season Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings and were the GLIAC Championships Runner-up. 

"My staff and I are excited about this year's class," said head coach Kevin Brenner.  "The coaching staff has committed a great deal of time and has done an outstanding job identifying, evaluating and building a strong connection with each player. We have players committed from four different states and seven different countries. This class has a good mixture of attacking and defending qualities, work rate and personality.  I have no doubt we are bringing in players that can match the expectations we have for our group both on and off the field." 

The group includes transfer student Ben Phillips (Manchester, England (The College of St. Scholastica))

Incoming freshmen:

Bonifatius Paulino (Windhoek, Namibia/Tuks Sports High School)

Gabriel Ferreira (Cuiaba, Brazil/Rabun Gap Nacoohee School)

Jan Schumacher (Dresden, Germany/Romain-Rolland Gymnasium)

Jon Mar Ferro (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland/Flensborg)

Javier Borreguero (Nigran, Spain/Los Sauces School)

Brenan Lawrence (Westerville, OH/Westerville South)

Jordan Bonchek (Cleveland, OH/Lake Catholic High School)

Fenesse Henry (Miami, FL/Kenmore East High School)

Alfredo Gallo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster High School)

Ameer Saade (Beirut, Lebanon/Fordson High School)

Brendan Vaughn (Whitehouse, OH/Anthony Wayne High School)

Adam Ouza (Dearborn, MI/Dearborn High School)

"We are incredibly excited about this class," concluded Brenner. "We are adding quality depth in every position with this talented group of young men.  Our expectation is they will gel quickly together with our experienced squad of veteran players.  We feel the combination of this incoming group and our current team members will create a very competitive environment which in turn will breed excellence. We anticipate being a very fun and talented team to watch next fall. I can't be happier with the group we've brought in."

Below is breakdown of the 13 newcomers.

 

Ben Phillips (Manchester, England (The College of St. Scholastica))

A 6-2 defender, comes to Lake Erie College after two seasons at The College of St. Scholastica, where he helped lead the team to two NCAA National Tournament Appearances. He appeared in 41 games, scoring three goals, six assists and contributing towards 25 clean sheets, setting a school record in 2014. Phillips was selected as an UMAC All-Conference player each of the last two seasons. Prior to his time at St. Scholastica he has played for UAFC and JFC Piranhas of Manchester, England. Ben has also had trails with the youth academies of Manchester City, Crewe and Wrexham FC.
Phillips on joining LEC – "I am excited to become part of the Lake Erie men's soccer program and play under the management of coach Brenner. I am looking forward to working towards our bid to the NCAA Tournament and starting this new chapter in my career. This is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to getting started."
Brenner on Ben Phillips - "We are very happy Ben will be joining us. Ben is a proven winner with a lot of experience with great leadership qualities. He is ultra-competitive and works hard on both sides of the ball. Ben comes from good stock as he grew up playing in the same youth academy system as outgoing senior and GLAIC Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Coombs. I expect Ben to fit in quickly with our team and have an immediate impact."

 

Bonifatius Paulino (Windhoek, Namibia/Tuks Sports Academy)

A 6' forward, comes to Lake Erie College after attending the prestigious Tuks Sports Academy in South Africa. Paulino is also a current member of the University of Namibia Football Club, along with being a on the roster of Namibia's U-20 National Team. He has made 14 appearances for his country – most recently in the African Cup of Nations and he is currently the top goal scorer. Paulino has spent time with Ramblers FC (voted three times Player of the Year) and James Town FC (Young Player of the Year).
Paulino on joining LEC "I chose LEC because I was impressed by their athletic and educational program which the college has to offer. Another key figure was coach Brenner as he truthfully told me about the exciting soccer program and explained the importance of having a balance between college work and soccer. All in all, I concluded that home is where the heart is and LEC hit pretty close to it. 
Brenner on Bonifatius Paulino - "Boni is a goal scorer, plain and simple. He has a tremendous amount of playing experience and has led his team in goals each and every year, whether that was with the U-20 National Team or Ramblers FC. He works extremely hard and as electric pace as a forward, both with and without the ball. I know he will transition quickly to the college game and be an impactful player for us."

 

Gabriel Ferreira (Cuiaba, Brazil/Rabun Gap Nacoohee School)

A 5-10 attacking center midfielder originally from Brazil, comes to Lake Erie College after spending the last three years at the Rabun Gap Nacoohee School in Georgia. Ferreira has made an immediate impact since his arrival at the Rabun Gap Nacoohee School, he was selected as a three-time All-Conference player, a NSCAA All-Regional and All-State player in 2015, scoring 22 goals this past fall. Prior to his time in the United States he has spent time playing for Operario, Bufalo, Brasil Central and was with the youth academy at Audax.
Ferreira on joining LEC "As a new soccer player at Lake Erie College, I am looking to do my best in order to help the team to win the championship. I am very excited to add to the team my deep knowledge and passion of soccer. Playing soccer in college will be a new challenge in my life and I am ready to face it. I cannot wait until the season starts!"
Brenner on Gabriel Ferreira – "Gabriel is a skillful midfielder who is coming off a great season with Rabun Gap Nacoohee School out of Georgia and he has the proven ability to be comfortable on the ball in the center of midfield and can score goals from that position. Gabriel has a fantastic work rate and is very competitive. I know Gabriel has a high ceiling for his ability level and he will benefit greatly from the competitive nature of our training sessions. I fully expect to see him compete for a starting role right away."

 

Jan Schumacher (Dresden, Germany/Romain-Rolland Gymnasium)

A 6-3 center back who comes to Lake Erie College from a very high level of soccer in Germany having spent time within the academy system of Dynamo Dresden of the Bundesliga. Currently Schumacher is the starting center back for SV BW 90 Neustadt/Orlawho has recently won the Landesklasse league and regional title.
Schumacher on joining LEC "I decided to choose Lake Erie College because it gives me the best opportunity to improve myself by playing at a high level of NCAA DII soccer by within a professional atmosphere which motivates me to give the best I can"
Brenner on Jan Schumacher – "Jan's experience and leadership is going to be instrumental to the team this fall. He's a robust tough tackling holding midfielder or central defender with good technical ability and work rate, I fully expect to see him slot in straight away."

 

Jon Mar Ferro (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland/Flensborg)

A 6-3 center back who comes to Lake Erie College by way of playing a high standard of soccer in Iceland. His current club team FH Hafbarfjordurplays in the fourth highest division of soccer in Iceland whereby Jon is the regular starting center back.
Ferro on joining LEC "I am excited about this opportunity to study in the United States and play for a great NCAA DII men's soccer program lead by Coach Brenner. After speaking with coach Brenner and seeing his vison and passion for LEC soccer it was an easy choice for me to commit."
Brenner on Jon Mar Ferro – "Jon is a fantastic player who is comfortable playing in the back or in midfield.  He has good pace and has incredible defensive recovery speed.  He has great one vs one instincts on both sides of the ball and will help us right away in a number of positions"

 

Javier Borreguero (Nigran, Spain/Los Sauces School)

A 5-8 midfielder who comes to Lake Erie College after playing at a very high level with his youth academy team, San Roque Casablanca, Vigo a reserve team member of Celta de Vigo one of the top ten teams in the Spanish Ligea.
Borreguero on joining LEC "I have chosen Lake Erie College because I can study something that is very interesting for me and play at a very high level of NCAA DII soccer. This college is the only one who makes me feel comfortable and makes me think that when I make this big step I will not be alone. The coaches have made me feel very confident in my decision."
Brenner on Javier Borreguero – "Javier is a number 10.  He likes to have the ball in traffic and set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.  He has great ball control and has the ability to thread a pass in between defenders in the attacking third.  Javier is an unpredictable player and will create havoc amongst opposing defenses."

 

Brenan Lawrence (Westerville, OH/Thomas Worthington High School)

A 6-2 versital player who can play either as a center forward or in the midfield. Lawrence coming off an impressive high school career which saw him we awarded First-Team All-Conference and Third-Team All-Region as a junior and All-Conference in his senior year. Lawrence is an impactful player for hiscurrent club team, Ohio Premier which plays in the top U-18 bracket in the US Youth Soccer National League.
Lawrence on joining LEC -"I am very excited to be able to live my dream of playing in college and thank Coach Brenner and the program for giving me that chance. I'm looking forward to getting to work and getting ready to try to make a run at winning the conference."
Brenner on Brenan Lawrence – "Brenan comes from a strong family soccer background. He has a wealth of experience playing at the US Soccer Youth National League level.  He is a versatile player who can get up and down the field working on both sides of the ball.  We expect big things from Brenan and look forward to having him here at LEC."

 

Jordan Bonchek (Cleveland, OH/Lake Catholic High School)

A 6-2 defender from Cleveland, OH was a four-year starting defender, two-time All-Conference player and team captain for the Lake Catholic High School Cougars (20-2) this past fall. His high school team made it all the way to the OHSSA Final Four in 2015. Jordan currently plays for Cleveland Soccer Academy.
Bonchek on joining LEC -"I am very excited to play at Lake Erie and for coach Brenner. LEC will give me the opportunity to excel in the classroom and on field."
Brenner on Jordan Bonchek – "Jordan is a well-balanced athletic player who possess a very high work rate and is solid as a 1v1 defender. He comes to LEC after playing for of the best high school teams in the state of Ohio coached by Ante Pilekic. We fully expect him to compete for playing time right away."

 

Fenesse Henry (Miami, FL/Kenmore East High School)

A 6-1 athletic forward originally from Miami, Florida currently attending high school in Buffalo, NY at Kenmore East High school and playing club soccer for the Empire United Academy. Fenesse had a very successful varsity career scoring 23 goals and chipping in with 10 assists. Henry was twice named Offensive MVP, while also collecting First-Team and Second-Team All-NFL awards. He has also been elected into the prestigious Kenmore East Soccer all-time top 50 scorers list.
Henry on joining LEC -"I have played for coach Brenner in the past and I am excited to once again. I am looking forward to being a student-athlete at LEC and winning a conference championship."
Brenner on Fenesse Henry – "Fenesse is an athletic attack minded forward who has a great deal of pace, combined with his direct movement in behind defenders he will cause trouble for opposition."

 

Alfredo Gallo (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster High School)

A 6-2 athletic goalkeeper from Lancaster, NY playing out of the Empire United Academy and Lancaster High School. Gallo is was selected first team All-ECIC Division-I while leading his high school team to an ECIC Division-I championship. With Empire he was the starting goalkeeper for a team who won three New York State Championships and advancing to regionals each of the three years.
Gallo on joining LEC -"I chose Lake Erie because everyone on the team was so close and it felt like they were all friends and I want to be a part of that. Also, I feel like we have a great chance to win it all this year. Lake Erie is a great school, the soccer team is great, and I can't wait to start the next four years of my life!"
Brenner on Alfredo Gallo – "I have had the pleasure of watching Alfredo develop as a goalkeeper with the Empire United Academy over the past two years and I am very excited to see what he can do at the college level. Alfredo comes from a big soccer family, he will give us depth in the goalkeeping department but I have no doubt he will push for the starting role right away."

 

Ameer Saade (Beirut, Lebanon/Fordson High School)

A 6' dynamic midfield or forward originally from Lebanon just concluded a very successful high school career at Fordson High School in Michigan. The crafty midfielder was a two-year team captain at Fordson while finishing his career with 57 goals, 12 of which were scored this past fall while chipping in with 25 assists, on his way to being named, MVP, All-Conference, All-League and All-District.
Saade on joining LEC -"I selected LEC because the connection I felt between the players and the coaching staff. I felt a big family atmosphere. I wanted to attend a college whereby I could develop and grow as a student and as an athlete within a strong program!"
Brenner on Ameer Saade – "I had a chance to see and work with Ameer this past fall at a local prospect camp, it was clear from the start his desire and passion for the game. Ameer is a stylish player who can create goal scoring opportunities for himself and provide them for others.  He can play as a striker, attacking midfield and on the flank.  He is very creative and he is dangerous on set pieces."

 

Brendan Vaughn (Whitehouse, OH/Anthony Wayne High School)

An imposing 6-6 goalkeeper from Whitehouse, OH who plays his club soccer with the Pacesetter Soccer Club. Brendan was recognized on the NLL All-Academic team.
Vaughn on joining LEC -"I selected LEC because the connection I felt between the players and the coaching staff. I felt a big family atmosphere. I wanted to attend a college whereby I could develop and grow as a student and as an athlete within a strong program!"
Brenner on Brendan Vaughn – "He is a great shot-stopper, reads and communicates the game well.  He has great presence and is excellent at coming for crosses.  His distribution is excellent, both throwing and kicking the ball.  His positioning makes a difficult save look easy.  We are thrilled to have Brendan with us at LEC."

 

Adam Ouza (Dearborn, MI/Dearborn High School)

A 5-9 winger comes to Lake Erie College by way of Dearborn, MI. Currently, he plays for the Dearborn Jags Soccer Club. He was an All-Academic award winner with a GPA of 3.5. During his high school career, Adam scored 23 goals and contributed 15 assistss. He was recognized as an All-Conference and All-District player this past fall. 
Ouza on joining LEC -"Having learned about LEC and its business program and successful soccer program I immediately became interested. After participating in the ID Camp and speaking with current players and coach Brenner I felt a strong connection. I am excited to play for a quality soccer program and earn my business degree from LEC."
Brenner on Adam Ouza – "Adam is another player we had a chance to see play at a regional prospect camp. Immediately we noticed his pace and ability to beat players 1v1. He will give us depth in a number of spots in midfield and in the forward positions. We're excited to have him as part of the Storm family."

-LEC-