Springfield Area Soccer Association (SASA) Boys U18 Soccer Team.
"We are very proud of this group of young men and how they have represented SASA, their high schools, and community through the years," stated Chris Ryan, Assistant Director of Coaching for SASA. "All of these boys have decided to further their education in college with the majority continuing their soccer & athletic careers." The core of this team has been playing together since they started with SASA at the U8 level. Rhett Mays, one of the founding coaches of this group, has assisted with guiding these boys throughout their club play.
Along the way, many contributing coaches deserve a nod of thanks for their influence as well. Coaching these boys at different stages has been Jesse Elmore, Peter Christofilakos, Mike Morris and Chris Ryan.
This has been one of the most successful age group of boys to play at SASA, garnering numerous team accomplishments and individual awards with their club and respected high schools.
Ty Clearwater (SHG) – GK: Illinois College (Biochemistry)
Nick Roth (SHS) – D: Illinois College (Pre-Med)
Nolan Mays (GHS) – MF: Benedictine University-Springfield (Business) Zephen Merreighn (SHS) – F: Benedictine University-Springfield (Business/Criminal Justice)
Jacob Robinson (SHG) – MF: Millikin University (Pre-Dental)
Hunter Somers (University High) – MF: Millikin University
Isaac Albracht (GHS) – D: Illinois Wesleyan University
Alex White (Bloomington HS) – MF: Illinois Wesleyan (Pre-Med)
Luke Rectenwal (GHS) – F: Lincoln Land CC
Andrew Slater (Williamsville HS) – F: Lincoln Land CC (Business)
Blake Smith (Normal Community HS) – D: Lincoln Land CC (Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement)
Bryce Leonard (Williamsville HS) – D: Central College; Pella, IA (Business) Jared Stoops (Morton HS) – MF: Central College; Pella, IA (Pre-PT/Nursing) Bryant McLafferty (SHS) – MF: Occidental College; Los Angeles, CA
Christian Kemp (Normal Community HS) – D: Aurora University
Non-Soccer Commitments -David Sias (SHS) – D: University of Illinois (Mechanical Engineering)
Logan Miller (SHG) – D: Ohio State University (Engineering)
Noah Johnson (GHS) – MF: Ball State University