The Crowder men's soccer program — fresh off its best season ever — hosts its annual alumni game at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 5 at Roughrider Soccer Field, a sign that a new season approaches us.
The Crowder men’s soccer program — fresh off its best season ever — hosts its annual alumni game at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 5 at Roughrider Soccer Field, a sign that a new season approaches us.
After the game, there will be an alumni cookout and swim.
The Roughriders — led by head coach Brad Smith and assistant Gary Worth — have seemingly searched the globe to come up with a diverse and deep recruiting class.
Here’s the recruits:
• Jakob Stuermer, an outside back and midfielder from Ashaffenburg, Germany: “We are thrilled to have Jakob join us,” Smith said. “He has exceptional quickness and strengthens an area that we were thin at.”
• Tyrique Lake, a center back from Fayetteville (Arkansas): “We are excited about having Tyrique join us,” Smith said. “He has terrific skills and leadership ability. We think he is a different maker.”
• Braulio Campos, a left-sided midfielder from Houston (Texas): “Braulio has good size and skills,” Smith said. “He played for one of my former players, Edgar Luna, which makes his decision to come here even more special for me. I can not wait to get him on the pitch.”
• Dani Perez, a 6-foot-6 striker from Valencia, Spain: “Dani brings tremendous size and a nose for the goal,” Smith said. “We expect him to present a real problem for opposing defenses and can’t wait to get him on the field.”
• Humberto Corderio, a midfielder from Brasilia, Brazil: “Humberto has the vision and skill to get the ball to our attacking players,” Smith said. “We really think he can be the glue that holds our attack together.”
• Gabriel Reis, a forward from Camboriu, Brazil: “Gabriel has the ability to finish in tight spaces and we fully expect him to score a lot of goals for us,” Smith said.
• Lucas Melli, a center back from Sau Paulo, Brazil: “We are very excited to have Lucas join us,” Smith said. “We were in need of a center back and he has good size and speed. I cannot wait to get him on the field.”
• Winder Pessoa Guimares, a midfielder-forward from Brazil: “Winder has tremendous size and attacking ability,” Smith said. “He has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the net and bring his teammates into the play. I can’t wait to get him on the field.”
• Quentin Deyingo, a forward from Malakoff, France: “Quentin has the ability to stretch opposing defenses and finish the ball,” Smith said. “We are really looking forward to having him join our team.”
• Tobias Sylvester, a 6-1 striker from Prestatyn, Great Britain, and Casey Faulkner, a right-sided player from Rhyl, Great Britain: “I am really excited about both of these players,” Smith said. “Toby has the ability to score a lot of goals for us and Casey can play anywhere on the right side of the field, his versatility makes him especially valuable. They have grown up playing together and I am very happy that Crowder was able to give them an opportunity to continue playing together.”
• Lex Hooijdonk, a 6-3 midfielder from Little Mountain, Australia: “I believe he is our first ever player from Australia,” Smith said. “We really like his size and his ability to control the middle of the field.”
Last season, Crowder posted a 15-4 overall record, reached the Region 16 championship game for the first time in school history, finished the season ranked No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 20 for NJCAA Division I, and rewrote the school’s record books for both individual and team statistics.