FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Looking to build upon the momentum from last year’s trip to the Final Four, head coach Matt Watts and the Nova Southeastern men’s soccer program have worked to restock the cupboard with the signing of seven players in the 2022 recruiting class, welcoming in Sam Allardyce, Eduardo D’Avino, Noah Holtschoppen, Tommy Maguire, Santiago Marengo, Theo Oherwall and Manuel Ploner.
Sam Allardyce (Sophomore, Defender) Georgia Southern
Player Profile: Across two seasons at Georgia Southern, Allardyce started seven matches for the Eagles and logged 669 minutes of action. Allardyce was named to the Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament team in 2020.
Allardyce on why he chose NSU: “I chose to come to NSU because of the opportunities available to me. At NSU, I will have the opportunity to play for a conference-winning team, and therefore, will be surrounded by great players all with a common goal of becoming NCAA national champions this upcoming fall. A strong mentality in the locker room and a winning team is a dream for any player. At NSU, I will also be given the knowledge and facilities needed for myself to become a confident and strong professional within the health professions field, as NSU is notorious for it’s prowess in health and medicine.”
Eduardo D’Avino (Graduate Student, Goalkeeper) Young Harris
Player Profile: D’Avino joins Nova Southeastern after two seasons at Young Harris, where he appeared in 24 matches, making 22 starts. During the 2021 season, D’Avino recorded 33 saves and five shutouts, while posting a 15-0-1 record and was a First-Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection.
D’Avino on why he chose NSU: “I chose NSU because I think the soccer program is one of the best in the country. When Coach Watts showed interest in me, I didn’t hesitate to take this opportunity.”
Noah Holtschoppen (Sophomore, Defender)
Player Profile: Holtschoppen comes to Nova Southeastern and the United States from Germany. Holtschoppen plays for Sportverein 1919 Straelen and during the 2021-22 season he appeared in 12 games.
Holtschoppen on why he chose NSU: “The first impression I got of both the soccer program and of the school itself really convinced me to choose NSU. Coach Watts and the rest of the guys on the team seemed very supportive from the beginning. Furthermore, the academic reputation was very important for me. NSU offers a wide range of degree programs that I think will work well for me. Lastly, NSU is located in a region that I’ve always wanted to visit. Staying in the south region of the United States gives me a chance to explore a lot of interesting places nearby and will also provide me the opportunity to improve my English-speaking skills.
Tommy Maguire (Graduate Student, Midfielder)
Player Profile: Maguire, another international transfer for the Sharks, comes to NSU from Northern Ireland after having most recently played with the Warrenpoint Town Football Club. Maguire has made over 100 appearances in the Irish League (NIFL Premiership) and played for both the u17 and u19 Northern Ireland clubs against Norway, Israel and Cyprus.
Maguire on why he chose NSU: “I chose NSU after speaking with the Gaffer (Watts). Once he outlined the recent success and ambitions of the team, I knew this school was right for me. We will be looking to kick on this year, and I know NSU will provide me the platform to improve as a player while also earning a degree.”
Santiago Marengo (Sophomore, Midfielder)
Player Profile: Santiago appeared and started in 16 matches during the 2021 campaign for Lindenwood, scoring a pair of goals amd adding four assists. Santiago scored the game-winning goal against Missouri S&T on Oct. 8.
Marengo on why he chose NSU: “I chose NSU because it has a very professional soccer program. I can see the discipline and hard work within the program, it was shown last year by the team reaching the Final Four. I came here to win and do my best. I want to take a step forward in my soccer career, and this is the right place for me.”
Theo Oherwall (Sophomore, Midfielder)
Player Profile: Theo earned the second Freshman of the Year honor in Carson-Newman program history and earned All-SAC First-Team honors. Oherwall scored four goals and led the Eagles with 13 points in 2021.
Oherwall on why he chose NSU: “I chose NSU because it’s a program that is fighting for a championship. I also wanted a new challenge in my career and feel like NSU has what I’m looking for.”
Manuel Ploner (Junior, Goalkeeper)
Player Profile: Finished as the NJCAA D3 championship runner-up and national semi-finalist with Camden County College.
Ploner on why he chose NSU: “I decided to become an NSU Shark because I think it will provide me with the best environment to grow and succeed both academically and athletically. The opportunity to represent and play for such a successful program is a great honor.
NSU will kick off the 2022 regular season on the road at Anderson (S.C.) on Aug. 25.
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