Aug. 6, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.
- The Boston College men's soccer team has welcomed nine freshmen as members of the 2014 class.
Boston College Men's Soccer - 2014 Newcomers
Sultan Al Thari - Midfielder/Defender - 5-7 - 156 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia/Aspire Academy For Sports Excellence
Played last two seasons for Aspire Sports Academy for Excellence in Qatar ... recorded 15 goals and six assists last season in 24 matches ... notched six goals and 13 assists the year before ... played first two years of high school at Kingdom Schools and racked up 21 goals and 11 assists ... served as captain at Kingdom Schools both seasons ... club team, Al-Rayyan, won the U19 Qatar Activision Cup, the Qatar Youth League and the Qatar Youth Cup.
Henry Balf - Midfielder - 6-2 - 180 - Beverly, Mass./The Waring School
Played two seasons for Waring School before joining FC Bolts for the last two years ... named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team and the Massachusetts Bay Independent League MVP as a sophomore ... captained the four-time Massachusetts champion club team, North Shore United ... also played basketball at Waring School and was a four-year varsity member ... named league MVP as a senior captain and was a league all-star as a junior.
Idrissa Bangura - Midfielder - 5-11 - 170 - Gill, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon
Led his club team, Manhattan Soccer Club, to the National Premier Leagues national title and the U17 Disney Soccer Showcase championship ... was a two-time prep all-star and an all-state honoree ... played for the Olympic Development Program team ... also played track and field and volleyball at Northfield Mount Hermon.
Felipe Gastaldi - Midfielder - 5-5 - 145 - Atlanta, Ga./Marist School
Named to the NeighborNewspapers.com All-Area team as a junior ... member of the National Honor Society and the National French Honor Society.
Madison Gesser - Goalkeeper - 6-5 - 185 - Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa
Led club team, Fram Premier, to the Surf Cup 2013 Super Group U18 championship ... team was also semifinalists in the 2012 and 2013 Dallas Cup ... led Mira Costa to first place finishes in the Far West Regional League as a junior and the FWRL California Regional League as a senior ... led Mira Costa to a No. 5 national ranking ... went undefeated in penalty kick shootouts in his high school career, winning all nine times.
Mohammed Moro - Midfielder/Defender - 5-9 - 145 - Lakeville, Conn./The Hotchkiss School
Served as team captain at Hotchkiss as a senior ... led the team to the Founders League championship that year ... named a WNEPSSA and NEPSSA all-star as a junior and senior ... also named to the NSCAA all-state team as a junior ... led the Bearcats to the NEPSSAC class A championship as a sophomore and scored a golden goal in the semifinals ... named Founders League all-star and an All-Western New England honorable mention as a sophomore ... helped the Bearcats to the Connecticut class A championship, the WNEPSSA class A championship and the Founders League championship as a freshman.
Cedric Saladin - Goalkeeper - 6-1 - 176 - Sissach, Switzerland/HKVB Basel
Played in FC Basel youth system for nine years ... FC Basel is one of the top teams in the Swiss Super League ... led the U18 and U16 FC Basel teams to Swiss championships ... played for the FC Black Stars of 1. Liga Classic (Swiss League) for the last two years.
Tyler Skwara - Midfielder - 5-10 - 170 - Southampton, N.J./Shawnee
Played for the Philadelphia Union Academy U18 team the last three years ... started every match as a freshman at left back at Shawnee.
Len Zeugner - Defender - 6-4 - 190 - Muenster, Germany/Ludgerus Schule
Appeared in four matches for the U18 and U19 German national teams ... U18 team won the Four Nations tournament in Israel ... played in six youth Champions League matches for Borussia Dortmund and played three years in the Junioren Bundesliga, Germany's top youth league ... served as captain of the U19 Borussia Dortmund team ... participated in the FIFA Youth Cup and the Regionalliga West league.