Feb. 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play on the Hilltop. They will join an experienced group of returners as the Blue & Gray lost just three players to graduation. The twenty returning players provided a large percentage of the squad's 2011 point production, Georgetown boasts its top five goal scorers returning to the pitch.
"This is a truly outstanding group of student-athletes. The entire staff did an incredible job putting this class together, and a lot of credit must go to Zach Samol and Brian Gill for their efforts," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "On paper, it is the best recruiting class in my time here at Georgetown. Hopefully that translates to what they will bring to the field. It's an exciting time for the program as we only graduate three players from last season, and these six new additions will provide instant talent, character and depth. The competition during training for playing time will be fun to watch."
Georgetown soccer has a number of things to look forward to in 2012 besides its outstanding recruiting class. The university will be doing major improvements to North Kehoe Field over the summer including a new scoreboard, grandstand and benches as well as an updated façade among other things. Additionally, the Hoyas will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain in March for a cultural trip that will include friendlies with local Spanish squads.
Brandon Allen: Top goal scorer in the USSDA for the 2010-11 season with 28 goals
Brandon Allen comes to Georgetown from Old Bridge, N.J., where he attends St. Joseph High School and was a four-year letterwinner with 118 career goals. The forward was a NSCAA All-American, the Soccer Coaches of New Jersey Player of the Year as a senior and First Team All-State. In his high school career, Allen was a two-time regional All-American as well as a four-time team MVP and all-conference selection. Allen was selected to the U.S. U-18 National Team and earned his first cap at the Lisbon International Tournament. He plays club with the New York Red Bulls' Academy squad. With the Red Bulls, he scored 28 goals in 24 games during the 2010-11 season, which was the most goals scored by a player in the academy that year. Allen ranked as high as the No. 11 recruit in the nation in the ESPN High School 150. He is a member of the high honor roll and campus ministry. His brother RJ was drafted by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS Draft after an outstanding career at Monmouth University.
Wiese on Allen: Brandon is a big, strong forward who knows how to put the ball in the net as well as anyone in the country. He's different from what we have here already, and we're excited to see how well he will complement the attacking components we have returning.
Keegan Rosenberry: Captained Penn Fusion '93 Celtic to the USYSA National Championships
Keegan Rosenberry is a midfielder out of Ronks, Pa., where he played at Lancaster Mennonite High School and was a four-year letterwinner as well as a two-year captain with 46 career goals. As a senior, Rosenberry was a regional All-American honoree and an All-State selection. He was a two-time league all-star and team MVP for a squad that won the 2011 Pennsylvania AA Championship going 25-3. Rosenberry plays club with the Penn Fusion '93 Celtic team. The Fusion were U.S. Youth Soccer national finalists in 2011 and three-time state champs. He has also had experience with the MLS's Philadelphia Union Reserve squad and played with the Union's academy team against Everton F.C. Academy. Rosenberry ranked as high as No. 133 in the ESPN High School 150. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. His sister Kilee played on the field hockey squad at Messiah College.
Wiese on Rosenberry: Keegan is an important addition to our program. His leadership quality is unmatched. He can play almost anywhere on the field, is technically superior and finds ways to win. His competitive nature will be hard to keep off the field on game day.
Cole Seiler: Member of the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program
Cole Seiler comes to the Hilltop from Anderson, S.C., where he attends Christ Church Episcopal School. The midfielder was a four-year letterwinner and two time captain for his team which holds a national record for consecutive state championships with 11. He was a two-time NSCAA All-American and the team MVP as a senior. Seiler was selected to the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program earning eight caps in his time with the squad. He currently plays club with Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA). His club team won the state championship on five occasions with him on the squad. Seiler ranked as high as No. 31 in the ESPN High School 150. He is a member of the honor roll and the founder of the Food Club at his high school.
Wiese on Seiler: Cole spent some time in residency with the U.S. U-17 National Team, and that quality shows in his play. His feet are tremendous and his soccer I.Q. is very high. I love his attacking qualities, and think he has the ability to play any position on the field.
Melvin Snoh: Member of the Philadelphia Union Academy program
Melvin Snoh is a forward from Coatesville, Pa., but was born in Monrovia, Liberia. He played at Malvern Prep High School where he was a four-year starter and did not miss a high school contest over his four years. As a senior, Snoh was a finalist for Pennsylvania Player of the Year honors while earning All-Southeastern Pennsylvania and All-Main Line. He was the Inter-AC MVP as a senior and a three-time Inter-AC honoree. Snoh played club with Penn Fusion and fellow recruit Keegan Rosenberry, Snoh is currently a member of the FC Delco Academy. The Fusion were U.S. Youth Soccer national finalists in 2011 and three-time state champs where Snoh was a two-year captain. He is also a part of the Philadelphia Union Academy and appeared in a contest against Everton F.C. Academy. Snoh was ranked as high as 67 by CollegeSoccerNews.com. He is a member of the Stock Market Club and the Business Club.
Wiese on Snoh: Melvin will give us some instant offense in the wide areas. His talent is undeniable. He can beat players when isolated, he can combine going forward and he can deliver great crosses.
Josh Turnley: 2011 NSCAA/PSCA Pennsylvania Player of the Year
Josh Turnley comes to Georgetown from Beaver, Pa., where he played at Beaver Area High School. He currently holds the school record in career goals with 101 and goals in a season with 43 as a four-year letterwinner. Turnley was the MVP of his section as a senior as well as receiving three All-WPIAL, two All-State, two All-Region and one All-American honor. He was the NSCAA Pennsylvania State Player of the Year also earning the honor from the Pennsylvania State Coaches Association. Additionally, Turnley was named the Player of the Year by both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune. Turnley plays club with Century United which won the state cup in 2009. His brother Justin played soccer at Robert Morris University. Turnley is a member of the Student Council and the Ski Club.
Wiese on Turnley: Josh was someone I didn't know at all until we saw him here at our camp last summer. He has all the tools: pace, strength, speed of play, a quality first touch and a great range of pass. He scored a ton of goals in high school as an attacking presence, and has the ability to be a big-time defender as well.
David Witkoff: The 2011 Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year
David Witkoff is a native of Gahanna, Ohio where he attends Gahanna Lincoln High School. He was a two-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior. As a senior, Witkoff was All-State, All-District, the Ohio Capital Conference Player of the Year and All-Ohio Capital Conference as well as the team MVP. His high school team won the 2010 and 2011 division championship with Witkoff in the midfield. He plays club with the Crew Soccer Academy after spending six seasons with the Blast FC. Witkoff ranked as high as No. 97 from CollegeSoccerNews.com. His brother, Benjamin, recently won the Division III Men's Soccer NCAA Championship at Ohio Wesleyan University. Witkoff is member of the Varsity L and a four-time scholar athlete.
Wiese on Witkoff: David has the rare combination of being a blue-collar player, who also has real technical ability. As a midfielder for the Crew Academy, his vision and passing are excellent, but his work rate is what sets him apart.
Georgetown's spring practice is already underway as the squad prepares for a foreign tour trip to Barcelona during its spring break in early March.