DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men’s soccer Head Coach Rob Thompson recently announced the signing of six recruits who will join the Wildcats and attend UNH in the fall of 2009.
“I am excited to add another outstanding class to UNH Soccer,” Thompson said. “I expect these incoming players to compete for playing time and significant roles right away and I am anxious to see how our additions impact our relatively young team next fall.”
Antti Arvola (5’9, 155), out of Espoo Finland, will join the Wildcats after having represented FC Honka at the Finish Junior level since 2003. He led FC Honka to the U15 Finnish Junior Championship in 2004 and a bronze medal at the U17 Finnish National Championship in 2005. In 2006, Arvola was called into the U17 Finnish National Team training camp.
Since 2004, Arvola has also played for the FC Espoo Soccer Academy. “Antti is techinically very strong and brings a wealth of experience to our program,” Thompson said. “He is quick, sees the game well, and is tidy on the ball. I see him competing both as a wide player or as a second forward depending on our system next fall.”
Turner Davis (6’, 165), a Barrington, R.I. native, is a multi-sport athlete and four-year varsity starter in soccer at Providence Country Day (PCD) and Barrington H.S. Davis joins the Wildcats after leading PCD to the 2008 SENE Division I Championship with an 18-3-1 record.
A 2008 SENE Division I All-First Team selection and NEPSAC First Team All-Tournament selection, Davis scored 28 goals and 17 assists throughout his high school career. Davis has also played for the Bayside United FC club team, whose highlights include the 2008 Rhode Island USYSA State Cup Championship. Davis’ club team accomplishments also include being named the 2008 Rhode Island Premier Player of the Year, being selected to the Super Y ODP National Camp in 2005 and 2006, and being called into the USYSA Region I ODP camp in 2007.
Davis also played Lacrosse in HS and was the U18 Rhode Island state squash champion. “Turner should be able to play in a variety of spots for us,” Thompson said. “Primarily a midfielder, his feet are good, he has size, and was successful in every sport he competed in during high school.”
Alex Hussein (6’ 3”, 175), out of Haverhill, Mass., will join the Wildcats after a four-year career at Haverhill High School. Hussein led the Hillies to the Merrimac Valley Championship in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Hussein started every game and compiled an impressive seven goals and 30 assists during his career. Hussein was recently named the 2008 MVC Player of the Year and has been a two-time Eastern Massachusetts All-Star (2007, 2008), as well as a First Team All-State selection in 2008.
A member of the Seacoast United USSF Academy team where he has been coached by Thompson, Hussein was called into the most recent U18 U.S. National Team training camp. “Alex can play either in midfield in a holding role or as a centerback. He has great size, very good feet, and reads the game well,” Thompson said. “I am excited, as Alex should develop over the rest of the Academy season with Seacoast United and get a head start on competing at UNH.”
Ryan McNabb (6’, 165), from Downingtown, Pa., will join the Wildcats after a distinguished high school career with Downingtown West High School. McNabb, named to the Distinguished Honor Roll as a sophomore, junior, and senior, is a member of the National Honors Society. McNabb has also enjoyed tremendous success on the soccer field with the Whippets. McNabb led Downingtown West to the 2007 PIAA State Finals where they finished as the state runner-up. As a senior in 2008, McNabb helped Downingtown West win the PIAA District Championship, the 2008 PIAA Chesmont Championship, and the PIAA State Championship. McNabb was also named the 2007 Downingtown West’s most-outstanding defender, a 2008 First team All-Area selection, a 2008 All-Chesmont selection, and a Second Team All-State section.
McNabb plays club soccer for the PA Classics in the U.S. Soccer Academy League. The Classics reached the USYSA Pennsylvania State Champions in both 2007 and 2008, and recently won the 2008 Disney Soccer Showcase.
“Ryan has the potential to play either in central midfield or in the back,” Thompson said. “He is very versatile, is a good passer, and is a strong 1 v. 1 defender. He brings leadership, a winning mentality, and is a strong presence in the air.”
Charlie Roche (6’3”, 185), also a Haverhill, Mass., native and a high school and club teammate of Hussein, will join the Wildcats after a multi-sport career at Haverhill High School. A four-year varsity starter in both soccer and basketball, Roche helped Haverhill win the MVC Championship in 2005, 2007, and 2008. Roche was named an MVC All-Conference selection all four years. Roche also excelled on the basketball court, being named to the MVC All-Conference Team in 2007 and 2008, and an MVC All-Star in 2007.
Like Hussein, Roche is a member of the Seacoast United USSF Academy team. His club highlights for Seacoast include the USYSA New Hampshire State Cup in 2004 and 2006. He was a member of USYSA Massachusetts ODP team in 2003, and was selected to the Super Y National ODP Camp in 2003. “Charlie can play as a target forward or in a central midfield role,” Thompson said. “He is a big, rangy, athletic player with a big upside in college. He can both create and score goals, and should help with our matchups in conference play. I am anxious to work with him this spring with Seacoast United and develop his talents to jump start his career at UNH.”
Jordan Thomas (6’ 1”, 175), from Mohnton, Pa., will join the Wildcats after a two-year career at Governor Mifflin High School. During his time with the Mustangs, Thomas led the team to the second round of the PIAA District 3 AA championship in 2007 and the first round in 2008. He was named to the Berks Boys Soccer League All-Division Team and Berks All-County Second Team in 2007, and to the Berks All-County First Team in 2008.
A club teammate of McNabb, Thomas has played for the PA Classics since 2005. His team finished as runner-up in the USYSA Pennsylvania State cup in 2007 and 2008, and captured the Disney Soccer Showcase Championship in 2009. He is currently the leading scorer for the PA Classics USSF U18 Academy team. “Jordan is a forward with a big upside,” Thompson said. “He is big, athletic, works hard and more importantly, finishes his chances. I think Jordan has huge potential and every program wants goal scorers.”