UChicago Men's Soccer Adds Seven Recruits to 2018 Squad

UChicago Men's Soccer Adds Seven Recruits to 2018 Squad

CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Men's Soccer Coach Mike Babst announced on Wednesday that the Maroons will add seven incoming recruits for the upcoming 2018 season.

"This class is a testament to what the players who have come through our program the past few years have built, and reinforces what graduating senior Stacey Reimann said at the end of our past season; that the University of Chicago is a place where a student-athlete can have the best academic experience and also play the best soccer," Babst said. "This is a class comprised of players from around the globe who have the intellectual and athletic talent and ambition to add to that legacy."

UChicago is coming off a historic 2017 campaign, which featured the team's second-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals. The Maroons capped the season with a 19-2-2 record and their third University Athletic Association (UAA) title in four years. UChicago's 19 victories were a new program record, and the offense set new school marks for goals (59), assists (54) and points (172). The quartet of forward Max Lopez, forward Matthew Koh, forward/midfielder Dayo Adeosun and midfielder Nicco Capotosto each earned All-American status.

 

Jorge Branco

  • Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Club Team: Rivellino
  • High School: St. Paul's School
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Grew up in the youth academy of Rivellino, which played against professional youth academies of teams like Santos, Sao Paulo, Corinthians and Palmeiras. He was a team captain for his St. Paul's school team and was named Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year. Off the field, he has been recognized with academic distinction in history.
  • Coach Babst: "Jorge is a powerful attacking player who has the pace to drive at defenders and the technique to make plays in tight space. He has all the abilities necessary to become a really dangerous attacker for us."

Peyton Lane

  • Hometown: New York, N.Y.
  • Club Team: BW Gottschee Developmental Academy
  • High School: Poly Prep
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Part of the BW Gottschee Developmental Academy team that was the 2016-17 Northeast Conference Champions. He was a four-time U.S. Soccer Training Center Invitee and has spent time training with teams in England, Amsterdam and Germany. He was also a 2018 All-Ivy varsity track & field athlete. Off the field, he has been an honor roll student for the past four years.
  • Coach Babst: "It is rare to find a player with Peyton's blend of size, athleticism and technical ability. He has the potential to develop into a strong physical presence, and can help our speed of play and overall calmness on the ball. Peyton can create some significant match-up issues for opponents."

Vicente Mateus

  • Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Club Team: Sporting CP
  • High School: St. Julian's School
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Spent three seasons in one of the best youth academies in the world, Sporting CP, where he was a member of two National Championship youth teams. Before joining Sporting CP, he was a member of the S.L. Benfica Youth Academy. Off the field, he was voted as Head Boy (Student Body President) at St. Julian's School.
  • Coach Babst: "Vicente comes from the Sporting CP Youth Academy, which is among the top few in the world. He is an exceptionally dynamic midfielder. For a player like him to succeed at that level yet still be a top student is extraordinary. He is a terrific fit for the University of Chicago and our soccer program."

Jonah Moore

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Club Team: Century United
  • High School: Canon McMillan
  • Position: Defender/Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Named as a two-time Pennsylvania All-State selection, three-time AAAA All-WPIAL selection, and two-time Pittsburgh Post Gazette All-Area Team – Elite 11 selection. He has spent time with the Pennsylvania ODP team since 2015 and traveled with the ODP Region 1 team to Italy in 2016. Off the field, he has been recognized with the National Honor Society and has received Distinguished Honors throughout high school.
  • Coach Babst: "Jonah had a standout high school, club and ODP career in Pittsburgh where he mostly played as a left back. He has the toughness and mentality to defend, but is also very dangerous coming forward, especially on the dribble. His ability to battle but then get involved in the attack are a great fit for how we play."

Brady Rider

  • Hometown: Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Club Team: Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
  • High School: J.L. Mann High School
  • Position: Defender
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Member of four Club State Championships and one Club Regional Championship with CESA. Member of a South Carolina High School State Championship with J.L. Mann. Off the field, he has been recognized with the Medical Leaders of Tomorrow, International Thespians Society, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars.
  • Coach Babst: "Brady is a tough, physical and competitive defender.  Both Coach Lewis and I have had a lot of experience with Coach Finotti's CESA players, and Brady has thrived in that system that doesn't allow players to cut corners. We expect him to add a lot of grit and personality to our back line."
Kyle Ruark
  • Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
  • Club Team: Kansas Rush
  • High School: Rockhurst
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Named NSCAA All-American, Missouri State Player of the Year, Kansas City All-Metro Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and Academic All-State. He has been a part of a Club State Championship with Kansas Rush. He has also been a part of a Missouri State Championship with Rockhurst High School, where he scored the game-winner in the state championship game. His Rockhurst team has made four Final 4 appearances, and he has been a two-year captain for his school.
  • Coach Babst: "As a player and teammate, Kyle is a perfect fit for UChicago. He sees the game very quickly, and is constantly involved. He has had an amazing career at Rockhurst where he finished as a State Champion and State Player of the Year, and he will no doubt do whatever he can to make sure that is not the last championship he wins."
Calvin Walters
  • Hometown: West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Club Team: Boilers FC
  • High School: Harrison
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Player Highlights/Honors: With Harrison High School, he led his team as its captain to the school's first-ever Indiana High School State Championship and has also been a part of four Sectional Championships, four Regional Championships, and two Semi-State Championships. As a senior, he was named to the All-State First Team after being previously named as an All-State Second Team selection. He has also been recognized by the United Soccer Coaches to the Great Lakes All-Region Team. He has captained his Boilers FC team to the National President's Cup Championship. Off the field, he's a member of the National Honor Society.
  • Coach Babst: "At 6-foot-4, Calvin has great length and athleticism for a goalkeeper. Another player who led his team to a record season, his Harrison High School team won its first State Championship while twice advancing on PK's where he only conceded one attempt. His ability and mentality give him a very high ceiling."