The 2019 college soccer season is nearly at its halfway point, with former SFC players making their marks. There’s still time for current Summit players and families to take it in and cheer on their clubmates and coaches.
2019 saw two more Summit players – Jacob Henderson (Rutland HS) and Eric Maxham (West Rutland HS) – join the Spartan ranks at Castleton University under Club Coaching Director John O’Connor. They were in the thick of it right out of the gate against some of the top Division 3 teams in the Northeast, and didn’t disappoint. Henderson scored a goal in each of his first two college matches, against D3 powers Clark University and RPI. Castleton has also taken on traditional championship contender Middlebury, and earned a win against another big name in Springfield College. In addition to getting the chance to play against top-shelf competition, Henderson and Maxham are also playing alongside fellow Summit standouts Jacob “Spider” Godfrey (RHS), and the Stewart brothers, Tim and Ben (Burr and Burton Academy), all of whom are key contributors to Castleton’s team.
Meanwhile, in Biddeford, Maine, John Upton (Mill River UHS) and Luca DiTursi (Long Trail School) are back for their sophomore seasons at the University of New England. John and Luca have also been battling some of the top players in Division 3, taking on NESCAC members Bowdoin and Bates in the early going, with talent-laden teams like Colby and Endicott still waiting on the schedule. DiTursi rode a strong training camp to his first collegiate start as an attacker in UNE’s season opener against Maine Maritime Academy. Upton has seen a big jump in both minutes and responsibility at crucial times in a central midfield position, as the team fights for a playoff berth and prepares for the graduation of some of its top talent and on-field leaders in the spring.
On the women’s side, juniors Rylee Nichols (MRU) and Loren Henderson (RHS) have picked up right where they left off at CU, filling key leadership roles and making big contributions to the team’s early successes. Rylee leads the team in shot attempts, goals, and points, while Loren has once again been rock-solid in the goal, establishing herself as one of the top goalkeepers in the Little East Conference. The Spartan women have also faced down some tough competition, including defending national champion Williams College.
Finally, congratulations are in order for our very own Amir Pasic, former SFC coach and mentor, who was recently named the new head coach for the Morrisville State women’s team in New York. The Mustangs are off to a hot start, and we couldn’t be more proud to call Amir a member of the Summit family!
The number of remaining home games is dwindling fast – don’t miss your chance to visit David Wolk Stadium in Castleton and support the men’s and women’s teams while seeing some high-quality soccer . . . and cheer extra loud for our Summit alumni and coaches. You can also follow the seasons of SFC alumni on line wherever they play:
And let’s keep that pipeline flowing!