Crowder's sophomore class of soccer players enjoyed the most successful run of any group of sophomores in the 10-year history of the men's soccer program, logging a 25-10-1 record during their two seasons.
Six of them have signed with four-year schools to continue their academic and athletic careers — Eloi Bassene to Indiana Tech (NAIA), Andrew Browning to Viterbo (NAIA), Enrique Guadarrama to Ecclesia (NCCAA), Joe Mbaye to the University of Providence (NAIA), Leo Mueller to Oklahoma Wesleyan (NAIA), and Daniel Ost to MidAmerica Nazarene (NAIA).
The group was officially recognized Monday in a signing ceremony in the lobby at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
Bassene, a Hyattsville (Maryland) native, proved to be one of the steadiest, toughest defenders the past two seasons for Crowder. Bassene managed three shots on goal, though, his sophomore season.
Just a couple weeks ago, Indiana Tech head men's soccer coach David Bokhart resigned from that position for another position in the athletic department. Bokhart had served as men's soccer coach since 2011 and he logged a 67-52-12 record over his tenure, including a 11-8 overall record and then a 7-4 mark in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Indiana Tech's based in Fort Wayne.
Browning, a sophomore midfielder, had two assists and one shot on goal last season.
Viterbo, based in La Crosse (Wisconsin), struggled to a 2-13-1 overall and a 1-3 NorthStar Athletic Association record last season under head coach Greg Saliaras.
The V-Hawks, under Coach Saliaras, have made trips to Rio de Janiero and Saliaras' native Greece for culture and competition.
Browning is a native of East End, Grand Cayman.
Guadarrama, a native of Springdale (Arkansas), had one assist during his sophomore season from the defensive line.
Guadarrama will not have to go far for his next collegiate destination, with Ecclesia being located in Springdale. Ecclesia plays in the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Royals were 0-4-4 last season.
Last November, Ecclesia announced plans for two soccer fields to be constructed on the west side of campus with a scheduled completion set for Summer 2018, before a new season.
Mbaye, a native of Dakar, Senegal, had one assist and took five shots on goal in the Crowder midfield last season.
Looking at the 2017 Crowder soccer media guide, Mbaye's name appeared once in the record book — tied for most goals in a single game with Justin Rogers (2008), Igor Pacca (2012), and Facinet Camara (2012). Mbaye scored four goals on Oct. 14, 2016 against Ecclesia.
The University of Providence, based in Great Falls (Montana) and not to be confused with the more famous Providence university in Rhode Island, finished 6-9 overall and 5-8 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference last season.
Mbaye is the part of the first recruiting class for head coach Matt Ball, who served as a Providence assistant last season and who had the interim tag removed in front of head coach in January.
Mueller, a native of Balneario Camboriu (Brazil) who proved adept at the penalty kick, finished his sophomore season with three goals, one assist, and 15 shots on goal.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, based in Bartlesville, received a ton of accolades last season — for example, six players earned NAIA All-American honors and the coaching staff was named the regional staff of the year with head coach Jamie Peterson named regional coach of the year.
Oklahoma Wesleyan finished 22-1-2 last season and reached the NAIA national semifinals. The Eagles lost on penalty kicks to Wayland Baptist in the semis.
In his sophomore season, Ost started all 17 matches and he played nearly 1,600 minutes on the season. Ost made 73 saves, allowed 18 goals (1.02 goals allowed per game), and recorded seven shutouts.
Ost, a native of Santa Rosa (Brazil), had a Crowder record eight shutouts during his freshman season and his seven shutouts only extended his school career record for shutouts to 15.
Ost heads to MidAmerica Nazarene, based in Olathe (Kansas), and the Pioneers finished 12-5-3 overall and 8-2-2 in the Heartland Conference last season under veteran head coach Kevin Wardlow. MidAmerica Nazarene opens its 2018 season Aug. 24 at John Brown in Siloam Springs (Arkansas).
During Wardlaw's tenure, the Pioneers have reached seven NAIA national tournaments and reached the national championship match in 2015.