GW Men's Soccer Welcomes Six Newcomers for Fall 2014
Five Freshmen, One Transfer Make Up Incoming Class
May 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - Six student-athletes will join the George Washington men's soccer team in the fall of 2014, head coach Craig Jones announced.
"Again we have been successful with our expanding recruiting efforts to get players from local, national and international programs that we feel can keep moving the program forward," said Coach Jones. "All of our incoming guys have been successful at the youth level both on the field and off, fitting the mold for the type of student-athlete we want to bring to GW. On the field, as we continue to build the program, I feel our current recruiting class adds depth and healthy competition for our starting spots next fall in all areas on the field."
The incoming class, which includes five freshmen and one transfer student, features three international student-athletes and three local products from the D.C.-Metro region. They are Santiago Ardila (San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico), Alex Conning (London, England), Oliver De Thier (Great Falls, Va.), Ismail Lapp-Kamara (Silver Spring, Md.), Christian Lawal (Pembury, England) and Koby Osei-Wusu (Bowie, Md.).
Ardila spent a post-graduate year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he captained the post-grad team this past season. Prior to IMG, the native of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico led his Prepa Tec High School team to the 2012 Conadeip National Cup title, one year after winning MVP at the same tournament.
Coach Jones' Take: "Santiago comes to us from the IMG Academy, where he currently trains daily and attends high school, so the transition to the rigors of college athletics will be somewhat familiar to him. He stood out at our winter ID clinic and follow-up games as a powerful midfielder who shows a good passing range. He will be pushing guys around him for playing time."
A native of London and one of two Brits in the incoming class, Conning led his City of London School squad to the 2010 Bromley and District Cup titles and to the 2013 Independent Schools Football Association championship game.
Coach Jones' Take: "Alex had a very successful youth career learning his trade with some of the top teams in England. He has the pedigree to be successful at GW with his technical ability on the ball and soccer IQ tactically. He'll be pushing for a starting spot in midfield."
Oliver De Thier
A rising junior, De Thier transferred to GW from Old Dominion, where he played in two games in 2013 and recorded one assist on the season. Prior to ODU, the Great Falls, Virginia native was a four-year starter and two-year captain at nearby Langley High School, which was ranked fourth in the nation by ESPNRise. A Liberty District First Team and Washington Post All-Met Second Team selection in 2012, De Thier led the Saxons to back-to-back Liberty District titles as a junior and senior. In addition, as a member of three-time Virginia State champion Annandale United, the top-ranked club team in the nation, De Thier scored the 2010 US Youth Soccer Goal of the Year. De Thier also has trained with Borussia Monchengladbach's U-23 team in Germany.
Coach Jones' Take: "Oliver likes to be on the ball and involved in everything, so he is always an option for players to pass to. As a transfer student, he already has vast experience in Division I soccer and will immediately be pushing for playing time in the midfield."
A three-year starter from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, Lapp-Kamara was the captain of his club team, the Olney Rangers, leading the three-time Maryland state champions to the 2012 Dallas Cup title and the 2009 and 2011 Disney Tournament championships.
Coach Jones' Take: "A member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, I've been able to watch Ismail over the past few years. He's a player who leads on the field with his calming influence no matter what position he plays in. He has the talent to break into the starting lineup come the fall."
A native of Pembury, England, Lawal led his Tunbridge Wells Grammar School team to back-to-back Kent League and County Cup titles as a junior and senior, leading the squad in goals each season. In addition, his Kent U-18 team won the English Schools Football Association (ESFA) National Cup in 2014.
Coach Jones' Take: "Christian's athleticism and comfort on the ball offer us some options both defensively and offensively. He will be vying for a starting spot in many positions next fall and looking to make an immediate impact on the team."
Osei-Wusu played for one of the top high school teams in the country, as his DeMatha Catholic squad was ranked among the best in the nation by a number of polls throughout his scholastic career and won the NSCAA national championship in 2011. The native of Bowie, Maryland was named to the 2013 Washington Post All-Met Second Team and All-Gazette First Team after scoring six goals and adding five assists as a senior. He also led the Stags to WCAC titles in 2011 and 2013.
Coach Jones' Take: "Koby comes to us locally from DeMatha, which has a strong tradition of winning championships, including last year's WCAC championship, and he, like Ismail, is also a member of the Olney/Bethesda Soccer Club in the USSDA. He will be looking to add some attacking options and creativity to our midfield game and will be pressing for playing time."