DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that goalkeeper Tunde Ogunbiyi has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UNH and play for the Wildcats beginning in the 2006-07 academic year. "This is a position we needed to fill as both our returning keepers will be in their fourth year next fall," Thompson said.
Ogunbiyi is a 6'2", 220-pound goalie presently living in Gwynedd, Pa. Playing for the PDA Cantona U-18 club team in New Jersey, Ogunbiyi led his squad to the championship of the PDA Showcase earlier this year. He also saved a penalty kick during a sudden-death shootout to help PSC Coppa win the 2005 Eastern Pennsylvania U-18 Boys State Cup Championship.
In 2004, Ogunbiyi trained at the Bolton Wanderers Youth Academy in England as well as with the Nigerian National Youth Under-17 Team in Warri, Nigeria. Since 2000, he has worked his way through the Eastern Pennsylvania club circuit, playing for PSC Crunch and FC Bucks before joining PSC Coppa in 2003.
An honor roll student-athlete at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pa., Ogunbiyi is a two-time First Team All-Suburban League performer. In 2003, he helped the varsity team reach the District 1-AAA semifinals as the squad finished with a 19-2-2 record. He plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Ogunbiyi is the fourth high school senior to sign a National Letter of Intent with the Wildcats, joining Joseph Annese, Chris Banks, and Robert Cooley.
"We're happy Tunde will join us next fall," said Thompson. "He brings excellent size and athletic ability along with strong international and club experience." The University of New Hampshire, a member of the America East Conference, is coming off a 9-5-3 season and was ranked as high as 23rd nationally in 2005. The Wildcats finished fourth in the nation in goals against average (0.57) and lose only four players to graduation.