TULSA, Okla. - The Oral Roberts men's soccer team signed eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, during the early signing period.
Bush on new signees:
"We are excited to add these players to our soccer family," Head Coach Ryan Bush said. "They are great additions to our culture and the institution as a whole. This group does several things inside our program. First, we have added several players that immediately make us more athletic in critical parts of the field. Second, this class adds critical depth and experience. With the majority of the team returning from a year ago this class is a great compliment to our returning players."
Juan Felipe Arias
5-8 | Defender | Cali, Colombia | Colegio Bennett | Northeast Texas Community College
Previous School: Transferred from Northeast Texas Community College … Led his team to a 17-3-2 record under head coach Dean Johnson.
Personal: Son of Diego Alberto Arias and Claudia Isabel Alvarez … Chose ORU because it aligns with his principles and values … Expected to major in health and exercise science … Favorite pro team is FC Barcelona.
5-11 | Midfielder | Allen, Texas | Allen HS
High School: Was a 2018 Region III Tournament finalist … Won state championships in 2015 and 2016 … Named newcomer of the year and first team all-district as a sophomore … Team captain, program MVP and first team all-district member as a junior … Participated in the Dallas Cup four consecutive years.
Personal: Son of Will and Dorie Berry … Chose ORU because he felt the culture of the program is fantastic and was the best fit for him … Expected to major in finance … Favorite pro team is Manchester United.
6-2 | Defender | Jenks, Okla. | Regent Preparatory
High School: Team captain for three years ... Won the 2018 Oklahoma State Championship with his club team … Participated in football as a dual sport program.
Personal: Son of Mark and Jill Haney … Chose ORU because of the business and soccer programs as well as it being a strong Christian environment … Was also recruited by Dayton … Expected to major in finance … Favorite pro team is FC Barcelona.
6-2 | Defender | Concordia, Kan. | Cloud County Community College
Previous School: Won the conference championship in 2017 and 2018 ... Named player of the week twice during the 2018 season … Recorded two goals and 13 assists.
Personal: Son of Alex and Marie-Denise Hobat … Chose ORU because he felt like it was the best choice for the future of his life … Expected to major in business … Favorite pro team is Manchester United.\
5-11 | Midfielder | Kansas City, Mo. | St. Thomas Aquinas
High School: Named the Kansas 5A offensive player of the year ... Earned spots on the US Coaches All-Region team and All-Midwest Region Team … State MVP in 2018 and All-American honorable mention.
Personal: Son of Kirk and Stacey Neely … Chose ORU because he wanted to continue his faith and felt the coaches were inspiring … Expected to major in health and exercise science.
5-8 | Forward | Baldwin, Wisc. | Baldwin Woodville HS
High School: Won the conference championship in 2017 and 2018 ... Was on the 2018 regional and sectional championship … State semifinalist in 2018 … Broke the Wisconsin state record for most goals in a single season … Set new Wisconsin state record for total points scored in a single season … During his high school career scored a total 135 goals and tallied 74 assists.
Personal: Son of Krzysztof and Jennifer Nickowski … Chose ORU because he felt it was a great fit academically and a proper fit for soccer … Expected to major in health and exercise science … Favorite pro team is Arsenal.
5-11 | Forward | Gresham, Ore. | Gresham HS
High School: Recorded six goals and seven assists in 12 games during his freshman and senior seasons … Led his team to the second round of the playoffs for the first time ever in program history.
Personal: Son of Ruben and Erica Nunez … Chose ORU because it is a Christian based division one school … Expected to major in sport management … Favorite pro team is FC Barcelona.
6-2 | Defender | Sao Paulo, Brazil | Benedictine College | Colegio Objetivo
Previous School: Recorded three goals and one assist during the 2018 season … Played club soccer for U17 E.C. Sao Bento.
Personal: Son of Marcos Francheschini and Simone Rodrigues Francheschini … Chose ORU because he wanted to play for a DI program … Expected to major in international business … Favorite pro team is Sao Paulo FC.
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