WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW head men's soccer coach Aidan Heaney will welcome an incoming class of eight players for the 2016 season.
"We're excited about our signees and the qualities they will bring to our program," Heaney said. "We graduated a large and successful group of seniors, so it was important to bring in a talented class that would compete to play from day one. They have the character, drive and determination that we expect from our players."
2016 UNCW Men's Soccer Recruits
Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C.
High School: Wake Forest
Club Team: Capital Area Railhawks
Highlights: Two-year letter winner at Wake Forest H.S. as a freshman and sophomore … earned Academic All-Conference notice in both seasons … member of 2012 North Carolina Youth Soccer Association State Champion team … helped Capital Area Railhawks reach 2012 regional playoffs … member of 2014 North Carolina Youth Soccer Association runner-up squad … recipient of Hamilton Sportsmanship Award … competed in Disney Showcase, Academy USSDA Playoffs and Showcase and USSDA Academy Winter Showcase.
Coach Heaney Says: "Dylan Chain is a Railhawks Academy product who moved up from his CASL Red team last year and has had an immediate impact for them. Dylan can play left back or left midfield, has great endurance to get up and down the pitch and is a wonderful crosser of the ball."
Mark Da Silva Lindstrom
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hometown: Gavle, Gastrikland, Sweden
High School: Borgarskolan
Club Team: Gefle IF
Highlights: Spent time with Gefle IF U-19 and U-21 teams … appeared in 15 matches with U-19 team and scored two goals with assist … tallied three goals with an assist in 18 appearances with U-21 team … also played in three matches with Gefle IF first team, which plays in Allsvenskan … helped U-19 team win state championship three consecutive years.
Coach Heaney Says: "Mark Lindstrom is a top center back from Sweden who reads the game very well, is extremely comfortable on the ball and strong in the air. He comes from a high level playing background with Gefle IF and his experience will be invaluable. We look for him to add leadership to our back four."
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Myers Park
Club Team: Carolina Rapids
Highlights: Captain for the Carolina Rapids U-18 U.S. Development Academy … scored 19 goals with 15 assists in two seasons with club team … ranked No. 133 in TopDrawerSoccer.com IMG Academy Top 150 Players … also ranked eighth in South Atlantic Region … No. 55-ranked midfielder in the United States … played in Sarasota Winter Showcase from 2012-15 … also competed at Indiana Summer Showcase and Dallas Summer Showcase … father, Phillip, played soccer at University of Tennessee and for Nashville Metros of United Soccer League … uncle, Justin Stack, played soccer at Belmont University … uncle, Philip Stack, played soccer for Vanderbilt University … aunt, Megan Emerson, played soccer at Tulane University.
Coach Heaney Says: "Phillip Goodrum has had an outstanding Academy career with Carolina Rapids and we look for him to have similar success at the collegiate level with us. He is a talented and determined attacking player who can play anywhere across the front but is most effective wide where he can get isolated and take players on. He will give us an added dimension to our attack."
Hometown: Wilson, N.C.
High School: Fike
Club Team: Capital Area Railhawks Academy
Highlights: Three-time all-conference selection at Fike who was named to the 2014 3A All-State Team … earned all-region notice twice … named as Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 before joining the Railhawks Academy for his senior season … played for TFCA team which was finalist at Disney Showcase … also selected to all-tournament team at ASL Bethesda and Triangle Friendlies events … played at 2015 USSDA Winter Showcase with U-18 Railhawks Academy … brother, Jovan, played soccer at Barton College.
Coach Heaney Says: "Jamil Gracia is a player we had at camp here at UNCW and is an athletic one-on-one defender who is tough but also has a good range of passing. He has made such quick strides in his career and I expect that to continue. He currently plays as a center back for his club, the RailHawks, but can also play as a right back."
Weight: 205 lbs.
Hometown: Swansboro, N.C.
High School: Swansboro H.S.
Club Team: Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC
Highlights: Two-time team captain at Swansboro who earned all-region and all-state as a senior … named to 2015 NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region team … two-time NC 3A Region 4 Team selection … earned recognition on NC 3A Coastal Conference Team twice … two-time All-Area First-Team pick by Jacksonville Daily News … also earned Defensive Player of the Year notice by Jacksonville Daily News as a junior and senior … posted a 0.79 goals against average with 31 shutouts and 368 saves … tallied 14 shutouts as a senior with 0.76 GAA and 163 saves … served as captain of Wilmington Hammerheads Youth FC 97 Premier Division team from 2013-15 … helped squad to Top-5 finish in NCYSA standings each year … named to 2014 and 2015 Powerade Games Southeast Region team … posted 0.68 GAA with club team while registering 18 shutouts.
Coach Heaney Says: "Kyle McGovern is a goalkeeper we have watched come up through the years with our local Hammerheads club and just keeps getting better and better. He is big, athletic and has a desire and work rate that I believe will help him progress to a very high level."
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
High School: Frisco Liberty
Previous School: Valparaiso
Club Team: FC Dallas
Highlights: Transfer from Valparaiso University who will have two years remaining … played in 35 matches over two seasons for the Crusaders with five starts … scored four goals with three assists … scored two goals in 34-second span against Wright State as a freshman … recorded a goal with two assists while playing in all 18 matches as a sophomore … two-year captain for Frisco Liberty who earned all-state, all-district and all-area notice as a junior and senior … honored as Dallas Morning News Player of the Year as a senior … set school record for goals and assists … named as runner-up for Texas Gatorade Player of the Year award in 2014 … member of 2014 Regional Premier League championship team with FC Dallas club team … also helped club team reach regional finals and Dallas Cup quarterfinals in 2014.
Coach Heaney Says: "Stian Sandbekkhaug joins us as a transfer from Valparaiso and is someone we initially recruited three years ago. Stian will compete to play as a striker for us. He has the experience of having already played two years at the Division I level and will be a threat with his movement and directness."
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
High School: Panther Creek
Club Team: Carolina Railhawks Academy
Highlights: Three-time all-conference pick at Panther Creek … led team in goals and assists before joining Railhawks Academy for his senior year … helped CASL team finish second at Disney Showcase and State Cup in 2014 … also played at Jefferson Cup, CASL Showcase and 2015 USSDA Winter Showcase with U-18 Railhawks Academy … three-sport athlete who has also played on football and lacrosse teams at Panther Creek … grandfather, Frank Boyd, played football at University of Oregon.
Coach Heaney Says: "Spencer Saunders is a quick, aggressive and athletic full back who, like Jamil Gracia, has joined the Railhawks Academy this year and we expect to see him continue his growth before joining us this fall. He will compete to play on the right side of the field."
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Austin
Club Team: Houston Dynamo
Highlights: Played for Houston Dynamo U-16 and U-18 teams … helped U-18 squad win first-ever conference championship and reach USSDA playoffs twice, including a berth in the quarterfinals … spent time as a starter on South Texas ODP 96' team and qualified for 96' region pool … competed in USSDA Winter Showcase twice … member of Austin H.S. varsity soccer team as a freshman … father, Keith, played soccer at Villanova University.