DURHAM, N.H. - Rob Thompson, head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, announced the six-member incoming freshmen class of 2016 on Tuesday. A.J. Albers (Eagan, Minn.), Andrew Chaput (Manchester, N.H.), Lukas Goerigk (Berlin, Germany), Angel Maldonado (Lennox, Calif.), Liam O'Connor (Evergreen, Colo.) and Jesus Tedula (Zaragoza, Spain) will attend and play for the Wildcats in the fall.
Albers (B) currently plays for the Minnesota Thunder U17/U18 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. As a senior at Eagan High School, Albers was named Most Valuable Player, an All-Conference selection, a member of the Star-Tribune All-Metro First-Team and an All-State selection. Albers was also a letter-winner in basketball during high school and is a member of the French National Languages Honor Society. He plans on majoring in business at UNH.
Chaput (B) currently plays for Seacoast United U17/U18 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. As team captain of Manchester Central High School, he helped lead the team to a 18-0-1 record en route to the NHIAA I title. He was tabbed a first team all-state selection and was nominated for the Gatorade/ESPN N.H. Player of the Year award. Chaput was also named to the Manchester Central honor roll all four years of his high school career. He plans on majoring in business at UNH.
Goerigk (B/M) currently plays for Tennis Borrusia in the U19 Regionaliga. He also played in the U17 Bundesliga with Tennis Borrusia (2008-2010) and finished as runner-up in the Berlin Youth Cup in 2007& 2011 with his squad. He will graduate from Willi-Graf-Gymnasium where he helped his team win the Berlin School Youth Championships in 2011. Goerigk plans on majoring in engineering.
Maldonado (M) currently plays for Pateadores U17/U18 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He was captain of the Pateadores U15/U16 team (2010-2011) and was invited to the U.S. U15 National Team pool in 2009. A four-year letter winner at Amino Leadership Charter High School, Maldonado was also named to the All-Sectional Team in 2009 and 2010. He plans to major in kinesiology.
O'Connor (GK) currently plays for Colorado Rush U17/U18 team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. O'Connor was named Most Valuable Player of the Mullen High School team that won the 2011 Colorado State Championship. As a senior, he was named All-Conference, First Team All-State and First-Team Academic All-State. He was also tabbed to the National Honor Society from 2009-2011. O'Connor will plan on majoring in business.
Tudela (B/M) currently plays for Union Deportiva Amistad in the U19 National Division. He played for Real Zaragoza at U14 and U16 level (2006-2009) and will graduate from the British School of Aragon. He plans on majoring in engineering.
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