GW Men's Soccer Welcomes Nine Newcomers for Fall 2013
Head Coach Craig Jones Inks Second Recruiting Class
June 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Nine student-athletes will join the George Washington men's soccer team in the fall of 2013, head coach Craig Jones announced today.
"By expanding the scope of our recruiting efforts and network, I am excited that in addition to the local players we are welcoming to the program we have also been able to add some talented players nationwide and internationally," Coach Jones said. "I expect this class to carry over the success from their youth soccer careers and immediately push our returners for playing time and starting positions this fall."
The nine newcomers are Tobi Adewole (Cheverly, Md.), Nils Elwing (London, England), Johannus Grevelink (Winchester, Mass.), Garrett Heine (San Diego, Calif.), Haig Hengen (Cranston, R.I.), Miles McClearn (Montclair, N.J.), Sam Summerlin (Gaithersburg, Md.), Spiros Tsakos (Rockville, Md.) and Angel Valencia (Port Neches, Texas).
A four-year starter at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Adewole, a defender, was named to the All-Met second-team by The Washington Post and also earned all-league first-team and All-Gazette honorable mention accolades.
Elwing, who will join four other players from the United Kingdom on the Colonials' 2013 roster, is a four-year member of the varsity squad at the American School in London, where he was named team MVP by his coaches. In addition, the midfielder/defender was selected to the International Sports Schools Tournament All-Star team.
A native of Winchester, Mass., Grevelink attended IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., leading his team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and earning team MVP honors his junior year, as well. In addition, the striker helped the Ascenders reach the semifinals of the 2013 Dallas Cup, the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States.
Heine combined for 24 goals and 13 assists in his sophomore and junior seasons at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, earning team MVP, first-team all-league and second-team all-section honors as a junior. That year, the midfielder/forward led the Falcons to the CIF San Diego section title and the state semifinals.
Hengen was a three-year varsity team member at the La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I., before committing solely to his club team, Oakwood Academy, prior to his senior year. A defender/midfielder, Hengen led La Salle to the Rhode Island Division I state title in 2011 after back-to-back state quarterfinal appearances the previous two seasons. In addition, his club teams won state championships in U12 through U16 competition.
McClearn was one of the top defenders in Essex County last season, earning first-team all-conference and all-county and second-team all-state honors. In addition, he was named MVP of his Seton Hall Prep squad, which he led to conference and county titles, and he was the recipient of the Peter Butler Award, the most prestigious award given by the Pirates' soccer program. McClearn tallied three goals and five assists as a defender during his senior year.
Summerlin is an attack-minded defender who scored 11 goals in three years as a center back at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Met honors from The Washington Post, as well as first-team All-Gazette and second-team all-state accolades, and he led the Patriots to the Maryland 4A state title. In addition, Summerlin has international experience playing in Turkey in the summer of 2011.
Summerlin's teammate at Wootton, Tsakos scored 20 goals in his four-year varsity career, which culminated in all-Gazette second-team recognition, as well as All-Met honorable mention from The Washington Post during his senior year, when he helped lead the Patriots to the Maryland 4A state championship. In addition, the midfielder led his club team, Pachuca FC USA, to Maryland State Cup and Disney Showcase titles in 2011.
Valencia is a prolific goal scorer from Port Neches-Groves High School in Port Neches, Texas. A three-time first-team all-district selection, the forward/midfielder totaled 65 goals in just three years for the Indians, leading the district in goals as a sophomore and junior en route to Player of the Year honors both seasons.
The nine freshmen will join 19 returning players from GW's 2012 squad. The Colonials' 2013 schedule will be announced on Friday, June 21.