Four Bearcats on Top Drawer Soccer Top 100 Freshman List|
Nov. 1, 2011
CINCINNATI - Four University of Cincinnati men's soccer freshmen have been named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 Freshmen, the publication announced.
Rookies Cole DeNormandie (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional), Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep), Matt Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista), and Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) were among the 27 BIG EAST players honored. DeNormandie was ranked No. 14 on the list with Diebold (No. 69), Remaley (No. 85), and Appiah (No. 95) following.
DeNormandie led the Bearcats with seven goals and 15 points in 2011, starting every match at forward. Diebold started 14 times in the midfield, while Appiah and Remaley earned 12 starts each. Appiah tied for the team lead with three assists, while Remaley (2 goals, 1 assist) and Diebold (1 goal, 2 assists) were also contributors offensively.
"We are pleased that four of our freshmen have been recognized by Top Drawer Soccer," said head coach Hylton Dayes. "They all saw significant playing time this season and made excellent contributions. They are first-class student-athletes and will continue to develop as we work towards future success in the BIG EAST."
Cincinnati and DePaul led all BIG EAST members with four players in the Top 100. Marquette and Georgetown were next with three each.
UC finished the season with a 6-11-1 overall mark and started five true freshmen and two first-year transfers during the season with only two seniors on the roster. First-year players accounted for 14 of UC's 22 goals and nine of its 18 assists in 2011. In addition to the freshmen, returning in 2012 will be 2010 all-BIG EAST second-team honoree Matt Bahner (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West), who missed the entire campaign due to injury. Defender Roger Thompson (Brampton, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas), a 2010 all-Ohio performer, will also return after missing all but three contests in 2011 due to injury.
For the complete list of Top 100 Freshmen by TopDrawerSoccer.com, click here.