NEW YORK - The Ivy League Champions from the fall of 2016 are set to welcome eight newcomers in the fall, as the Columbia men's soccer program looks to return to the form it found a season ago.
"We have all been hard at work since our 2016 Ivy League Championship campaign ended,” said Head Coach Kevin Anderson. “This incoming class of players is just another example of that. Our culture is one that will set up each of these young players with success. Character, Resilience and talent are the key factors within our locker room, as we prepare to build upon last season and fully support each individual with a team-first mentality. 37 days until we start up again, but who’s counting!”
Played for Dallas Texans Academy, earning an NPL National Championship in 2012, until 10th grade while attending Robert E. Lee High School ... Moved to Frisco his junior season, playing for FC Dallas Academy while attending Lone Star High School ... Part of the USSDA 2016 National Championship team at FC Dallas ... Was a U-18 call up for the Mexican National team in 2016, and a U.S. National Team call up in 2014 ... Full name is Luis Alberto Carillo ... Born Jan. 23, 1999 ... The son of Mariela and Raul Carillo ... Will attend Columbia College.
A midfielder for the Breck School Mustangs, earning four letters on the pitch while captaining the team his final two seasons ... Earned first team all-state during his final three seasons, while becoming an all-conference selection in 2014-16, and an all-metro pick in 2015-16 ... Scored 26 goals in 2016, 21 goals in 2015, and 19 scores in 2014 ... His club team, Minneapolis United, was the Minnesota State Champions ... Also participated in track & field at Breck, and was a sport camp counselor at U-8 boys and girls soccer coach during his high school years ... Full name is Avishai Nigel Eller ... Born Dec. 5, 1998 ... The son of Mahogany Eller ... Will attend Columbia College.
A first team All-Mission League pick at forward/midfield in 2016-17 while playing at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, where the team won a state championship in 2016 ... Earned first team All-Southern California CIF his final season ... Was three times the team offensive MVP, netting 81 career goals in four seasons at Loyola ...Part of the national semi-final team with Santa Monica United in 2016, scoring 26 goals and adding 12 assists ... Also ran track at Loyola, becoming a Mission League finalist in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, while winning the league title and becoming a CIF Master’s Meet finalist in the 4x400m ... Full name is Luciano Gazcon ... Born March 29, 1999 in Santa Monica, California ... The son of Clara and Gilberto Gazcon ... Will attend Columbia College where he plans on studying economics.
Midfielder at Worcester Academy Hilltoppers and NEFC club team in Massachusetts ...A NSCAA All-New England selection, a Massachusetts all-state prep team selection, and the Worcester Academy Boys Soccer MVP ... Led the team in goals and assists during his final two seasons, netting 28 goals and 18 helpers over that span ... Also ran track in high school, earning a Division-II gold medal in the 800m and setting the school record at 1:58.04 ... Full name is Samuel Allan Hatem ... Born August 2, 1998 ... The son of Michele and David Hatem ... Will attend Columbia College.
Former defender for the Carlsbad High School Lancers and the San Diego Surf club team ... A captain on the U-19 Surf team that advanced to the SDSL Semifinal match his junior year ... Netted five goals and added five assists from the back line on his club team in 2015 ... Full name is John Constantine Kounelis ... Born Jan. 3, 1999 in Phoenix, Arizona ... The son of Gregoria and Constantine Kounelis ... Will attend Columbia College where he intends to study Economics.
Former captain and striker at Eton College in Windsor, United Kingdom ... Netted 54 goals in 50 contests over his five-year career ... Played club soccer for Hayes and Yeading of the Rhyman Youth League ... Also participated in the hurdles on the track & field team ... Born Dec. 22, 1998 in Reading, United Kingdom ... The son of Kemi and Ade Ogundeyin ... Will attend Columbia College, where he plans on studying Economics.
A captain and forward for Melbourne Grammar School in Australia, and South Melbourne FC ... The top goal-scorer for both squads ... An Australian Schoolboys National Side selection in 2015 ... Born Oct. 12, 1997 ... The son of Valenti and Harry Stamoulis ... Will attend Columbia College.
Part of the 2016 USSDA National Champion team, while playing for FC Dallas ... A defender on the pitch ... Graduate of Flower Mound High School in right outside of Dallas ... Full name is Blake Daniel Willis ... Born July 6, 1999 in Irving, Texas ... The son of Franciska and Joseph Willis ... Will attend Columbia College.