Men's Soccer Welcomes Nine Newcomers
Coach Craig Jones announced additions for the 2017 season.
WASHINGTON - Nine newcomers will join the George Washington men's soccer team this fall, head coach Craig Jones announced on Friday.
The incoming class includes Evan Cameron (Bethesda, Md.), Simon Fitch (Richmond, Va.), Oscar Haynes Brown (West Sussex, England), Noah Lubin (Rye Brook, N.Y.), Brady O'Connor (Baltimore), Jordan Saint-Louis (Potomac, Md.), Fares Tello (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Peirce Williams (Plano, Texas) and Joshua Yurasits (North Wales, Pa.).
"I'm very excited about our incoming class and the potential they have to make an immediate impact for the program," Jones said. "Each player brings their unique style and attributes to the program and, just as importantly, covers the areas that we were looking to fill."
The new additions bolster a GW squad that went 8-5-5 last fall and tied for eighth in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Colonials will hold their first practice of the season next Wednesday before playing the first of three home exhibitions Aug. 14 against James Madison at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. They open the regular season Aug. 25 at Binghamton.
"With our incoming group combined with our returners, I feel we have a good overall balance, and having competition for placing is a great thing to have," Jones said. "How quickly the players can get this competitive group dynamic to push each other every day will be a key to how successful we will be this fall."
Walt Whitman High School/Bethesda Soccer Club
Cameron shined in net locally at Walt Whitman High School, helping the Vikings go 14-3 and earn a national ranking last fall. The goalie was later selected as a Minds in Motion Scholar Athlete Award winner by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. He also played for Bethesda Soccer Club.
St. Christopher's School/Richmond United Academy
Fitch enjoyed a successful club career with Richmond United Academy. The defender/midfielder served three years as captain and netted 10 goals in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. He also spent the past two summers with the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League.
Oscar Haynes Brown
West Sussex, England
Ardingly College/Bogner Regis Football Club
Haynes Brown closed his career at England's Ardingly College last season by scoring a team-best 25 goals to earn Manager's Player of the Year honors. The midfielder/forward sparked Ardingly to back-to-back Elgin Southern League titles in 2015 and 2016. He also made the England Independent Schools Football Association national team four times and topped the squad in scoring each year.
Rye Brook, N.Y.
Blind Brook High School
Lubin jumps into the mix in net after spending his first year in Foggy Bottom with the club team. He was a three-year starter at Blind Brook High School, earning all-section and all-league honors as a senior. His other highlights included a 756-minute shutout streak as a junior and a section championship as a sophomore. He also played with New York Soccer Club.
Calvert Hall College High School/Baltimore Armour Academy
O'Connor led Calvert Hall to a Maryland Independent Athletic Association title as a senior last fall. The midfielder/forward registered 11 goals and 12 assists to land All-Metro honors from the Baltimore Sun. He also played on the club circuit with the Baltimore Armour Academy.
Bullis School/Bethesda Soccer Club
Saint-Louis powered Bethesda Soccer Club to a spot in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs last season, posting a team-best 13 goals in 26 games. He previously played on the nation's top club circuit with Baltimore Armour Academy.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
American International School of Riyadh
Tello joins the Colonials after spending his first season on campus with the club team. The midfielder was a three-time most valuable player at American International School of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. He was named Near East Schools Activities Conference Player of the Year as a senior after posting 27 goals and eight assists.
John Paul II High School/Solar Chelsea SC
Williams was a unanimous Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I first-team selection as a junior after helping John Paul II High School reach the state title game. The midfielder/forward also played three years on the U.S. Soccer Development Academy circuit with Solar Chelsea SC.
North Wales, Pa.
Lansdale Catholic High School/Montgomery United
Yurasits earned All-Catholic League recognition his final three seasons at Lansdale Catholic High School, including a first-team selection as a senior. The defender helped the Crusaders win four District XII titles, recording 23 goals and 43 assists in his prep career. He was also Montgomery United Soccer Club's 2016 Player of the Year.
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