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Men’s College Soccer – Freshmen Making An Impact – Fall 2020

Freshmen often experience limited playing time but there are always exceptions. College Soccer News has identifed some of the exceptions during the fall 2020 season. 

Bertin Jacquesson – Forward – Pittsburgh – Lorrez-Le-Bocage, France – Played for RC Strasbourg. Jacquesson has been a starter and impact player on the offensive side of the ball for the Panthers contributing two goals and five assists.  
Cristian Escribano – Defender – Wake Forest – Frisco, Texas – Played for USL team North Texas FC. He has been a solid contributor and starter on the defensive side for the Demon Deacons.
Garrison Tubbs – Defender – Wake Forest – Brunswick, Georgia – Played for the Atlanta United FC Academy.  Has been a starter and rock solid performer on the defensive side of the ball for a Wake Forest defense that has only allowed a total of five goals in seven contests.  
Tim Schels – Midfielder – North Carolina – Erding, Germany – Played for Regionalliga Bayern and was a member of the U18 German National Team.  Has been a starter and steady contributor in the midfield for the Tar Heels from the get-go.
Deandre Kerr – Forward – Syracuse – Ajax, Ontario – Played for Toronto FC in the US Soccer Development Academy and has been a member of the Canadian U-15 and U-17 National Teams. He has been a starter up-top for the Orange and scored twice in Syracuse’s 2-2 tie with Louisville.  
Paddy Burns – Defender – Notre Dame – Crumlin, Northern Ireland – Captained Northern Ireland’s U-18 Team.  Has been a starter and tenacious addition to the Irish backline.  Contributed an assist in Notre Dame’s 1-0 win over Syracuse.  
Pau Palacin – Forward – NC State – Alzira, Spain – Played for UD Alzira among others in Spain. Has been a starter and key addition up top for the Wolfpack.
Lewis McGarvey – Defender – Duke – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Played for Glentoran Football Club. A ball winner and contributor out of set pieces in the back for the Blue Devils.
Antonio Lopez – Midfielder – Duke – Las Vegas, Nevada – Played for Seattle Sounders Academy. Has been a consistent starter in the midfield for the Blue Devils.
Peter Stroud – Defender – Duke – Chester, New Jersey – Played for West Ham United. Prior to that played for the New York Red Bulls.  Has been a starter on the defensive side of the ball and key member of a 2020 Duke recruiting class that was ranked by College Soccer News as the number on class in the country.
Bryce Lebel – Defender – Louisville – Sparta, New Jersey – Played for the New York Red Bulls. Has been a starter on the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinals during fall play.  
Ethan Hackenberg – Forward – Coastal Carolina – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Played for the Cleveland Internationals.  Scored in Coastal Carolina’s 3-2 win over Central Arkansas and in their 2-1 win over Georgia Southern.
Mael Couteau – Defender – Coastal Carolina – Guyancourt, France – Played for INF Clairefontaine and Stade de Reims.  Has been a starter in the Chanticleer back line with a goal and an assist to date.
Andrew Bennett – Midfielder – Georgia State – Hertfordshire, England – Played for Ware FC and the Richard Hale School.  Moved into a starting role as the season progressed. Scored twice and contributed an assist in Georgia State’s 3-1 win over Georgia Southern.
Rubyn Singh Gill – Midfielder – Central Arkansas – Leicester, England – Played for Leicester City U-18 and Solihull U-19. Has been a starter in the midfield for the Bears with a goal and an assist.
Sekou Soumah – Defender – South Carolina – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Played for Susquehanna and the U-19 USL Colorado Rapids. Has been a starter and a solid part of the Gamecock  backline.
Christian Kraus – Defender – South Carolina – Fenton, Missouri – Was the 2019 Missouri Men’s Gatorade Player of the Year out of Rockwood Summit High School.  Scored in South Carolina’s 1-0 win over Mercer and in their 5-0 win over Belmont Abbey.
Aidan Ferreira – Defender – Georgia Southern – Canton, Georgia – Played for UFA Development Academy and Creekview High School. Has been a starter in the back for six out of the Eagles seven contests.  
Nick Wanzer – Midfielder – Mercer – Frisco, Texas – Played for FC Dallas and Centennial High School.  Has been a consistent starter in the midfield for Mercer.
Enzo Mauriz – Midfielder – Kentucky – Rancho Cucamonga, California – Played for Sporting Kansas City.  Started in four out of Kentucky’s six matches in the fall season.
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