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2012 Eleven True Freshmen Making An Impact

Danny Garcia – Dallas, Texas – Midfielder – North Carolina – Garcia came to Chapel Hill as a highly regarded recruit and has lived up to expectations.  He has been an active playmaker in the Tar Heel midfield contributing five assists in eight matches to date.  The Tar Heels are 6-1-1 and currently ranked as the number four team in the country by CSN.

Brandon Allen – Old Bridge, New Jersey – Forward – Georgetown – The NSCAA High School All-American out of St. Joseph’s High School hit the ground running at Georgetown.  He has contributed six goals to date and two assists and has complimented a talented Hoya attack that includes Steve Neumann, Andy Riemer, and Ian Christianson

Alex Bono – Baldswinsville, New York – Goalkeeper – Syracuse – Bono has been solid in goal and is among the reasons why the Orange are off to a great start with an 8-2-0 record to date.  He has an impressive 0.58 goals against average and has recorded six shutouts in goal. Redshirt freshman Andrew Coughlin has also been solid in goal for Syracuse.

Javoni Simms – Kingston, Jamaica – Forward – Hartford – Simms has been a scoring machine for Hartford netting seven goals including four game-winners in ten matches to date.  He has twice been named the America East Rookie of the Week.  The Hawks are 6-4-0 and will begin America East play at Boston University on September 29. 

Cristian Mata – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Forward – Tulsa – Mata has combined with fellow freshman Bryce Follensbee and sophomore Akeil Barrett among others to give the Golden Hurricane a very potent offense.  Mata has found the back of the net a total of eight times in nine games to date including two huge goals in Tulsa’s recent win over Creighton.

Ema Boateng – Kumasi, Ghana – Midfielder – UCSB – Boateng, the 2012 Gatorade Soccer Player of the year out of Cate High School in California, has netted two goals including the Gauchos lone score in their high profile 1-1 tie with rival UCLA.  His speed  and touch on the ball have added an additional dimension to the UCSB attack.

Dakota Edwards – Sayville, New York – Defender – Maryland – Edwards has done a great job of making the transition to the college game.  He has started all eight games to date in the back for the Terps and has been part of a Maryland defense that has allowed a total of only five goals while positing five shutouts.  The Terps are 7-0-1. 

Mike Lansing – Randolph, New Jersey – Goalkeeper – Bucknell – Lansing has twice been named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and once named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.  He has played well in goal recording three shutouts to date with a goals against average of 0.70.  The Bison are 5-2-2 overall. 

Thomas Sanner – Indianapolis, Indiana – Forward – Princeton – Sanner has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year three times to date.  He has been a key part of the Tiger attack scoring two goals and contributing four helpers.  Sanner’s older brother Matt is a senior on the Princeton soccer team.  Matt has put two goals to date into the back of the net.

Michael Gamble – Columbia, Maryland – Forward – Wake Forest – The Deacons secured one of the top talents in the country when they landed Gamble.  The two-time High School All-American has not disappointed.  Gamble has netted three goals to date and contributed two assists.  He has contributed from the get-go for the Deacs who are 5-1-3 overall.

Grady Howe – Newport Beach, California – Defender – UCLA – Howe honed his skills at the Los Angelas Galaxy Youth Academy before joining the Bruins.  He has started eight contests for the Bruins joining Matt Wiet, Joe Sofia, and Chris Cummings to form a Bruin backline that has held a very completive slate of opponents to a total of seven goals. 


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