With the 2018 college season underway, GRFC checked in on all of our current players competing at NCAA and NAIA schools this Fall.
With Alex Mendez leaving to pursue a professional career in Guatemala, the lone representative from the Saints program now is Franco Calabrese. AQ is currently 0-2 on the season after losses on the road to Grace and Mt. Vernon, with Calabrese featuring in the first game and captaining the side.
The #9 ranked Bulldogs have played a brutal pre-conference schedule, but with a win over #16 Western Michigan and a draw against #4 Akron, Butler looks to be in the national spotlight again this season. Junior midfielder Derek Sutton and senior defender Kieran Geldenhuys are leading the way this season, with both players starting all four matches the Bulldogs have played. Sutton scored his first goal of the season Monday against Columbia, and Geldenhuys registered an assist against Western last week. Freshman forward Eric Conerty is already making his presence felt by starting all four games as well, registering four shots on goal in those early matches.
The Knights are off to another great start with emphatic wins over Stockton and Manchester. Calvin is currently ranked #7 in the Division 3 rankings and Trent Vegter is a big reason why. The defender has started both games and registered two assists in those matches.
Colorado Mesa University
Goalkeeper Brendan Brown recently transferred from University of the Incarnate Word to Colorado Mesa University and will not be eligible to play for the Mavericks until 2019.
The Panthers are off to a 1-1-1 start, with a win over Missouri S&T Tuesday kicking off the winning ways they are accustomed to. “Super” Matty Whelan has two goals to his credit while starting all three games, and Daire O’Riordan has been controlling the midfield in all three games as well. Davenport takes on Southern Indiana Friday and Lewis on Sunday in Caledonia.
Goalkeeper Naoya Fugono transferred to IWU for his final collegiate season after playing three years at Martin Methodist in Tennessee. The Japanese import has already made an impact for the Wildcats, playing two matches and getting two clean sheets in the process. IWU is 3-0 on the young season, with wins over WHAC opponents Cornerstone, Concordia, and Michigan-Dearborn.
Sophomore Midfield Adrian Miling has been a big part of the success the Blue Devils have had over the last two years, and their ascent in the NAIA ranks continues. They are currently 1-1-1 after a pre-conference trip to Florida, with the Spanish born Miling starting two of those three matches and registering four shots.
Spring Arbor University
The Cougars have a 3-2 record early in the season after a trip to Portland, Ore for a few pre-conference matches, and winning home matches against Rochester and Cornerstone. Senior forward Morris Kamara is already getting involved heavily in the Spring Arbor attack, scoring four goals in those five matches.
University of Michigan
Michigan is off to a 2-1 start after their Labor Day match vs Canisius was cancelled due to weather. With wins over South Florida and UC-Riverside, the Wolverines are preparing to defend their Big Ten title. Midfielder Austin Swiech has started two of Michigan’s first three games, recording an assist in the win over UC-Riverside.
Western Michigan University
The Broncos have had a slow start to the season, but look to get back to winning ways this weekend against Michigan and Drake. Western has played four matches, going 1-3 and losing road matches in Chicago to Depaul and Illinois-Chicago while losing to #9 Butler at home. The lone win of the young season was a 2-0 home victory against Loyola. Junior Forward Anthony Bowie has featured in all four matches, registering six shots in those games. Junior midfielder Giuseppe Vitale played in the first three matches of the season, while sophomore midfielder Pepe Martinez-Bertrand has played in all four matches, starting one and registering four shots.