Men’s Soccer: Norwich announces 2018 recruiting class

2018 Norwich Men's Soccer Recruiting class

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University head men's soccer coach Adam Pfeifer announced his 2018 recruiting class on Friday.

The Cadets will welcome 13 newcomers to the fold when they begin preseason training in August. NU is coming off an 11-4-5 overall record and an unbeaten 6-0-4 record in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. Norwich hasn't lost a conference regular season game since Oct. 24, 2015 after going 12-0-7 the last two seasons. 

Norwich made its fifth GNAC Tournament final appearance in the last seven seasons, falling 1-0 to Saint Joseph's (Maine) in the championship for the second straight year. The Cadets have won 10 or more games in 12 straight seasons and have reached at least the GNAC semifinal round for the last 14 years. 

"As we are every season, we are extremely happy and grateful to add 13 new players to our roster for the upcoming season," Pfeifer said. "We wanted to bring in a group of players that were excited to be a part of the Norwich soccer family and committed to taking advantage of all that the Norwich University experience has to offer. Nate, Sam and I feel that we have achieved that goal." 

"We have incoming players from many different backgrounds, and whom have had a diverse set of life experiences, I feel that some of life's greatest lessons are learned from this dynamic and I am eager to dive into the 2018 season with this group of guys." 

The 2018 season will be Pfeifer's third season at the helm of the Norwich men's soccer program. He coached 12 GNAC All-Conference selections and had the 2016 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in Jacob Zimmerman. 

Name: Bienfait Badibanga
Hometown: Burlington, Vt.
High School: Burlington
Club/Last Team: Blackwatch Burlington
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 5-11, 175-pounds
Major: Business Accounting

BEFORE NORWICH: Earned all-state honors at Burlington High School and helped guide the Seahorses to 2017 Division I State Championship. 

PERSONAL: Son of Kisubi and Marceline Badibanga … has six siblings; Daniel, Eric, Wilondja, Aimerance, Rajabu and Noela … Eric will also be a freshman on the NU men's soccer team this fall. 

 

Name: Eric Badibanga
Hometown: Burlington, Vt.
High School: Burlington
Club/Last Team: Blackwatch Burlington
Position: Midfield
Height/Weight: 5-8, 160-pounds
Major: Computer Science and Information Assurance 

BEFORE NORWICH: Earned all-state honors at Burlington High School and helped guide the Seahorses to 2017 Division I State Championship. 

PERSONAL: Son of Kisubi and Marceline Badibanga … has six siblings; Daniel, Bienfait, Wilondja, Aimerance, Rajabu and Noela … Bienfait will also be a freshman on the NU men's soccer team this fall. 

Name: Alex Brannan
Hometown: Oneonta, N.Y.
High School: Oneonta
Club/Last Team: Blackwatch Premiere
Position: Defense/Midfield
Height/Weight: 5-11, 150-pounds
Major: Computer Engineering 

BEFORE NORWICH: Two-year captain at Oneonta High School for boys soccer team … two-time STAC All-Conference selection … two-time All-State selection, including first team honors as a senior … Oneonta Daily Star Player of the Year as a junior … three-time Section IV team champions and two-time regional finalists. 

PERSONAL: Son of Alexander and Colleen Brannan … has one sister, Megan. 

 

Name: Jackson George
Hometown: Manassas, Va.
High School: Forest Park
Club/Last Team: Northern Virginia SC
Position: Goalkeeper
Height/Weight: 6-2, 200-pounds
Major: Computer Security Information and Assurance 

BEFORE NORWICH: Played club soccer for Prince William Soccer Inc, Spring 2013-2015 Northern Virginia Soccer Club, Fall 2013, 2015-2018 Northern Virginia Soccer Club Supper Y, Summer 2016 2016 Super Y Region 1 All Star Team 2016 Super Y Region 1 Scouting series Number 1 Goalkeeper. 

PERSONAL: Son of Robert and Marie-Grayson George … has one brother Robert and one sister Molly … will be Rook in Norwich University Corps of Cadets and pursuing Army ROTC scholarship and commission. 

 

Name: Alex Jacobik
Hometown: Preston, Conn.  
High School: Norwich Free Academy
Club/Last Team: Connecticut Southeast Soccer
Position: Defense
Height/Weight: 6-1, 182-pounds
Major: Business Management 

BEFORE NORWICH: Three-sport athlete at Norwich Free Academy in soccer, basketball and baseball … two-year captain, two-year all-league and two-year all area-area selection as a junior and senior in soccer … All-Area First Team as a senior … won Division I championship as a junior … played club soccer for Connecticut Southeast Soccer and won Connecticut State Championship … competed in Regional Championships in West Virginia and Kentucky.

PERSONAL: Son of Keith and Michelle Jacobik … step-mother is Jody Sheeley … has one sister Amanda, three brothers Brandon, Chase and Calvin … will be Rook in Norwich University Corps of Cadets.

Name: Daniel Peterson
Hometown: Clayton, N.C.
High School: Corinth Holders
Club/Last Team: Premier UK Elite
Position: Defense
Height/Weight: 5-9, 140-pounds
Major: Computer Security Information and Assurance 

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Corinth Holders High School … team Captain 4A All Conference … Academic All-Conference … two-time Two Rivers AAA Academic All-Conference … Honorable Mention All-Conference (2015) … JUSA CUP Champions in a 2-0 shutout; scored 5 goals; 2015 - advanced to 2nd round of NCHSAA 3A playoffs, eight shutouts … played club soccer most recently for Premier UK Elite. 

PERSONAL: Son of Shannon and Laura Petersen … has two sisters, Carolina and Raegan Mae … will be in Norwich University Corps of Cadets and in Army ROTC.

Name: Amos Ndukwe
Hometown: Norwood, Mass.
High School: Norwood
Club/Last Team:
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 5-11, 177-pounds
Major: Computer Security Information and Assurance

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Norwood High School 

PERSONAL: Has three siblings Amobi, Nikki and Nnenna. Amobi is also a member of the NU men's soccer team.

Name: Amerlin Nemeye
Hometown: Burlington, Vt.
High School: South Burlington
Club/Last Team: Blackwatch Burlington
Position: Midfield
Height/Weight: 5-11, 145-pounds
Major: Undeclared

BEFORE NORWICH: Two-time Burlington Free Press First Team selection … Vermont Coaches Association All-State team in 2016 and 2017. Metro Division first team all-star in 2016 and 2017, second team in 2015. United Soccer Coaches All-Region in 2017. 

 

 

Name: Chris Schult
Hometown: Elmwood Park, N.J.
High School: Emerson
Club/Last Team: PASCO SC Fire and Arsenal Maximus
Position: Midfield
Height/Weight: 6-1, 167-pounds
Major: Criminal Justice 

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Emerson High School … won league championship as a junior in 2016 … member of PASCO SC Fire and Arsenal Maximus … NJ State Cup Champions 2016 ... Presidential Cup Finalists 2016 … League Champions 2016 and 2017 … DELCO Champions 2017. 

PERSONAL: Son of Glenn and Debbie Schult … has two siblings, Jacey and Zach … Zach will be freshman on NU men's soccer team as well … will be a member of Navy ROTC.

 

Name: Zach Schult
Hometown: Elmwood Park, N.J.
High School: Emerson
Club/Last Team: PASCO SC Fire and Arsenal Maximus
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-1, 165-pounds
Major: Criminal Justice

BEFORE NORWICH: Played soccer at Emerson High School … won league championship as a junior in 2016 … Played for Pasco SC Fire 2015-2017 NJ State Cup Champions 2016, Presidential Cup Finalists, 2016 EDP League Champions Played for Arsenal Maximus 2017-2018, DELCO Champions 2017, EDP League Champions 

PERSONAL: Son of Glenn and Debbie Schult … has two siblings, Jacey and Chris … Chris is twin brother and will be freshman on NU men's soccer team as well … will be a member of Army ROTC.

Name: Bryce Sullenger
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
High School: Quince Orchard
Club/Last Team:
Position: Defense
Height/Weight: 5-10, 164-pounds
Major: Computer Science and Information Assurance

BEFORE NORWICH: Two-sport athlete at Quince Orchard High School in soccer and track and field.

PERSONAL: Son of Gene Sullenger and Christi Woodruff, step-father is Kenny Woodruff … has two sisters, Samantha and Carli … Samantha plays soccer at Army West Point. 

 

Name: Vladimir Quigley
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
High School: St. Joseph Prep
Club/Last Team: Boston Bolts
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 5-9, 165-pounds
Major: Undeclared 

BEFORE NORWICH: Three-sport athlete in soccer, swimming & diving and track & field at St. Joseph Preparatory … served as soccer team captain and was a three-time All-Star in soccer and two-time All-Star in Swimming … also played one year of soccer and lacrosse at Bridgton Academy in Maine.  

PERSONAL: Son of Stephen and Alicia Quigley … has one brother, Ruslan.

Name: Ben Wasco
Hometown: Arlington, Mass.
High School: Arlington
Club/Last Team:
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-3, 190-pounds
Major: Political Science

BEFORE NORWICH: Three-sport athlete in basketball, soccer and track & field at Arlington High School … 2017 league all-star in soccer and served as team captain as a senior for basketball team … won league championship as a senior in soccer and back-to-back basketball league titles in 2017 and 2018. 

PERSONAL: Son of Wilma Wasco … has one brother, Adam.