ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure University men's soccer head coach Kwame Oduro has announced 14 student-athletes have committed to join the program in the fall of 2019.
This release highlights the goalkeepers and defenders. Trevor Wilson, Justyn Sandhu, Jaaziel Thompson, Callum Beattie, John Engerman and Bilal Mehran have all committed to attend St. Bonaventure.
"We needed to replace our graduating goalkeepers," Oduro said. "I feel we have done that with Trevor and Justyn. Our back line will be stronger and will help us transition from defending to attacking more effectively."
Joining the Bonnies from Lake Oswego, Ore., is Trevor Wilson. After transferring from DePaul, Trevor will have two years of eligibility remaining. Wilson is a junior goalkeeper who started 23 games with the Portland Timbers Academy from 2014-16. Wilson also saw time with the Portland Timbers U-23 team in 2015 and 2016 and is currently with the squad this summer. He intends on majoring in marketing at St. Bonaventure.
ODURO ON WILSON – "We are excited that Trevor joined us in the spring. He is an athletic and technically sound goalkeeper. We feel comfortable that he can lead the back line and is going to be one of our leaders this fall. Trevor will bring a ton of professionalism from his background at Timbers PDL and the United Soccer Development Academy."
Coming to St. Bonaventure from Richmond, British Columbia is goalkeeper Justyn Sandhu. He attended University Hill Secondary School and is a dual citizen of Canada and Great Britain. Sandhu joined the Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2014 after previously playing with Fusion FC in the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League, starting six matches in the 2017-18 season. Sandhu intends on majoring in business at St. Bonaventure.
ODURO ON SANDHU – "Justyn is a good all-around goalkeeper; he has good presence and great command of his box. He is a goalkeeper who has immense upside and we are excited for his arrival. His time at the Whitecaps Residency will prepare him well for the college game."
Joining the Brown and White from Kingston, Jamaica is Jaaziel Thompson. He is a center back and will have two years of eligibility left after transferring from Iowa Western Community College. Thompson scored one goal and added an assist last season for the Reivers, starting in 14 contests. He plans on majoring in strategic communication at St. Bonaventure.
ODURO ON THOMPSON – "Jaaziel transferred from junior college under great coaching for the past two years. Being here in the spring semester has helped him and our team tremendously. We are very confident he will slide into the center back position seamlessly. He has great size, is a good defender and is technically solid. Although he's left-footed, he can use both feet equally."
Callum Beattie joins the Brown and White from Hong Kong. Beattie is a fullback that played for the South Island School last season. He intends on majoring in sports studies at St. Bonaventure.
ODURO ON BEATTIE – "Callum is a natural left-footed player with great technically ability. He is great on dead balls and can strike a ball well. Once Callum adapts to the pace of D-I, he will be a very good four-year collegiate player. His time at Hong Kong Football Club has helped his development and we expect him to give us minutes as a full back."
Joining the Bonnies from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands is John Engerman. He is a full back that played for the Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Engerman was named the Most Valuable Player of the varsity soccer team as a sophomore and junior. Scholastically he carried a 3.9 GPA in high school and he plans on majoring in economics.
ODURO ON ENGERMAN – "John is an athlete with great technical ability. He will fit right in with how we want to play. He has great engine for a full back and a very good defender. He has had some international performances and those experiences will help him adapt to the college level quickly."
Bilal Mehran comes to St. Bonaventure from Markham, Ontario. Mehran is a defender that attended St. Augustine Catholic High School and played for Sigma FC for the last year. At the age of 16, Mehran made his debut for the Toronto Skillz League 1 Ontario team. Academically, he qualified for the Honor Roll in all four years of high school.
ODURO ON MEHRAN – "We have watched the progress of Bilal over the years and he has turned out to be a good full back. He has improved every time we have seen him play. He is athletic, has tremendous work-rate and technically good. His time with Sigma FC has helped his development and we expect Bilal to come in and add depth to our full back position."
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