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2018 Top College Prospects: Edition Three

By PDL Staff, 09/19/18, 1:59PM EDT

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Five new players move into the top 50

TAMPA, Fla. — Five new faces appear on the third edition of the Premier Development League’s Top College Prospects list, which includes 43 high-level players from NCAA Division I and seven talented individuals from Division II.

Leading the new additions is Wake Forest midfielder Omir Fernandez, who joins Bruno Lapa, Brad Dunwell and Sam Raben as Demon Deacons named to the list. Fernandez excelled with the Colorado Rapids U23 in the 2018 PDL campaign, scoring five goals and recording three assists in four matches. Fernandez hasn’t slowed down since rejoining Wake Forest, as the talented midfielder has scored six goals and recorded one assist in seven games this season. He has been on of the key components for the team, which currently sits No. 1 in the latest edition of the NCAA DI United Soccer Coaches ranking.

New Mexico forward Matt Puig and Young Harris College midfielder Michael Rowe join Fernandez as new attacking talents named to the third edition of the Top College Prospects list. Puig, who featured for the OKC Energy U23 this summer, has scored three goals and provided three assists in seven games this college season. Rowe, meanwhile, is one of the top goalscorers in all of Division II, as the midfielder has netted 11 goals and recorded two assists to help Young Harris College to an undefeated 6-0-0 start to the season.

While one netminder falls out, two goalkeepers jump into this edition’s top 50. Luis Barraza and Paulo Pita have shined for their respective programs after featuring in the 2018 PDL regular season. Barraza, who played for Chicago FC United this summer, has made 16 saves and recorded a 0.49 goals-against average in four starts for Marquette this campaign. Pita, meanwhile, has recorded 19 saves and a 0.96 goals-against average through six games with Marshall.

The Top College Prospects list features the top 50 college-based individuals who have competed in the 2018 PDL campaign. The list will evolve over the course of the fall, with biweekly updates allowing players to raise their stock and earn recognition based on their collegiate play.

GOALKEEPERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Luis Barraza Big East
Ryan Cretens CAA
Jimmy Hague Big Ten
Paulo Pita C-USA
James Pyle ACC
Dayne St. Clair Big Ten

DEFENDERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Rich Bryan Peach Belt (DII)
Alex Comsia ACC
Lamine Conte ACC
Mathieu Laurent C-USA
Kamal Miller ACC
Callum Montgomery C-USA
Sam Raben ACC
Jordan Skelton Peach Belt (DII)
Grant Stoneman MVC
Gabriel Torres ECC (DII)

MIDFIELDERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Jakov Basic America East
Deri Corfe Horizon League
Jackson Dietrich Horizon League
Brad Dunwell ACC
Omir Fernandez ACC
Siad Haji A-10
Bruno Lapa ACC
Janos Loebe A-10
Marco Micaletto MAC
Aaron Molloy Big Ten
Matteo Polisi GNAC (DII)
Luka Prpa Big East
Theo Quartey Big East
Michael Rowe Peach Belt Conference (DII)
Ryan Sierakowski Big Ten
Juan David Tejada Londono Sunshine State (DII)

FORWARDS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Ifunanyachi Achara Big East
Killian Colombie MAAC
Griffin Dorsey Big Ten
Karl Simon Enstrom Image result for pittsburgh athletics logo ACC
Samuel Goni Villava Big West
Brandon Guhl Big East
DeJuan Jones Big Ten
Garrett McLaughlin AAC
Benji Michel WCC
Santiago Patino C-USA
Matt Puig C-USA
Tate Robertson MAC
Kinoshita Ryosuke ACC
Brian Saramago Patriot League
Tate Schmitt ACC
Andre Shinyashiki Summit League
Tucker Stephenson MVC
Marek Weber NE-10 (DII)

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