Mount Olive, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive men's soccer team has signed 13 recruits for the 2017-18 team, it was announced by men's soccer head coach Sean Brennan. The recruits include 10 freshmen in Oscar Aldava, Noah Auger, Anthony Condo, Grant Eshelman, Brandon Esparza, Alfie Pope, Chato Rodriguez, Preston Snyder, Baptiste Tajan, and Kevin Whalen, and three transfers in Charles Griggs, Tyler Hall, and Sebastian Loibl,.
"I am very excited about our second recruiting class since I have arrived," said UMO men's soccer head coach Sean Brennan. "I feel that we have added very important players to our team that will only help elevate the level that we currently have. The goal of the coaching staff was to bring in a group of players that will challenge the current team and help us be a stronger group. We are looking forward to these additions and putting a strong product on the field this fall."
Aldava is a midfielder from Wilson, N.C. A graduate of Fike High School, Aldava earned first-team all-Big East conference honors three times. The 5'4" midfielder will major in Criminal Justice at UMO.
Auger is a 5'4" midfielder/defender from Greensboro, N.C. The Northern Guilford High School product became the first boys soccer player in school history to record a 20 goal, 20 assist season, breaking the single-season school assists record with 22. Auger was named first-team all-state, all-region, all-area, and all-conference in 2016-17.
Condo is a 6'3" striker from Cornelius, N.C. Condo helped lead Southern Mecklenburg to the NHSAA 4A State Championship in 2015 before helping William Amos Hough High School to the NHSAA 4A semifinals in 2016.
Eshelman is a 6'3" goalkeeper from Allen, Texas. A graduate of Allen High School, Eshelman was named 2016 all-district as a junior and helped lead his team to its first playoff berth in five years as a captain in 2017. On the club side, Eshelman helped his team earn a pair of third-place finishes in the state.
Esparza is a 5'7" midfielder from Concord, N.C. The Northwest Cabarrus High School product captured all-region and all-conference honors while playing for the NCHS Trojans.
Pope is a 6'1" striker from London, England. At Teddington School, Pope was named Footballer of the Year in 2014. Pope helped lead his club side to the Surrey Youth Premier Championship in 2015-16 and the league cup championship in 2016.
Rodriguez is a 6'1" goalkeeper from Morganton, N.C. The Robert L. Patton High School product helped lead the Panthers to a conference championship in 2016.
Snyder is a 6'4" goalkeeper from Corinth, Miss. A graduate of Corinth High School, Snyder was named second-team all-area in 2015-16 and 2016-17, all-division three times, and honorable mention all-division in 2015-16.
Tajan is a 5'7" midfielder from La Barthe-de-Neste, France. A graduate of Lycee Louis de Foix in Bayonne, France, Tajan powered his school to a fourth-place finish in the national championships in 2015.
Whalen is a 6'3" defender from Durham, N.C. The Durham School of the Arts product was a four-year member of the boys varsity soccer team and was named all-conference and all-region in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Whalen also earned the coaches award following his junior season.
Griggs is a 6'1" defender from Bognor Regis, England. The defender comes to Mount Olive following a pair of seasons at Olivet College in Michigan where Griggs played in 27 matches. Griggs helped lead his high school team, Chichester, to the quarterfinals of the national cup. In his club career, Griggs played for Swindon Town FC when he was 15 before moving on to Woking FC for three years.
Hall is a 5'11 striker from Coral Springs, Florida. Hall transfers to UMO following two seasons at Daytona State College. Hall scored a pair of goals and recorded six assists during his sophomore year for the Falcons.
Loibl is a 6'2" striker/midfielder from Passau, Germany. In his club career, Loibl played in the fifth and sixth divisions in Germany, the highest divisions for an amateur.
Mount Olive opens their 2017 season on August 31 at 4:30 p.m. when the Trojans travel to take on Coker in Hartsville, South Carolina. UMO's home-opener is September 16 as Mount Olive faces Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae College at Amon Field at 4 p.m.