One of head coach Dieter Ficken’s prized international recruits, Rikki Dadason single-handedly – single-footedly? – re-wrote the Columbia men’s soccer record books in the early 1990s.
Arriving at Columbia from Mosfellsbaer, Iceland, Dadason spent most of his freshman year on the sidelines due to a knee injury, yet still contributed three goals in limited playing time.
In his sophomore season, the star forward began setting the Ivy League on fire.
Dadason scored 24 goals in only 16 games – good for fourth overall in the nation and All-America status – in what ranks as one of the most outstanding sophomore campaigns in college soccer history. More impressively, Dadason pumped home 14 tallies in seven Ivy League matches in helping the Lions to their first Ivy League men’s soccer title in eight years. The 14 goals scored in conference play broke a 21-year Ivy League record and earned him Ivy League Player of the Year honors.
As a junior, Dadason scored another 10 goals despite being limited to only 11 games, and scored 13 more goals as a senior. For his career, his 50 goals are a Columbia record that still stands, and his 59 points in Ivy League play is still the league standard.
A three-time All-Ivy League first team selection, Dadason continued his soccer career after graduation as he played for English F.A. club Stoke City, Norway’s Viking I.K., and his boyhood club in Iceland, Fram F.C.
He also earned 44 caps and scored 14 goals for Iceland’s national team, including a goal which earned a draw against defending World Cup champions France in September 1998.
Following his professional career, Dadason has worked as an equity trader for Kaupthing Bank (now Arion Bank) and lives in his native Iceland.