As the term draws to a close and Christmas approaches, we take a look at the achievements of our graduates and their college/university teams over in the US.
At UCSB, Ema Boateng garnered the Freshman of the Year award, in the 2012 Big West honours. In addition, junior midfielder Fifi Baiden won a spot in the ‘All-Big West First Team.’ Ema becomes the third UCSB Gaucho in the last four seasons to receive the Freshman of the Year acclaim, he ranked sixth in the Big West with 42 shots and was tied for fifth with two-game-winning goals.
At Marquette, where RtD graduate James C Nortey is currently studying, the soccer programme has been recognised by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), winning the Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 year. The award recognises team members for academic performance in the classroom, after achieving a 3.01 grade point average.
Over at Villanova, Oscar Umar was honoured by the ‘Big East 2012 Championship.’ He was included in the ‘All Big-East 3rd team.’
At Bucknell, CK Kumah has helped the soccer team to be recognised by the NSCAA – recording at 3.30 combined grade point average. Their men’s soccer team has now been recognised 15 times in the last 16 years.
Mohammed Rashid, currently studying at Williams College, has been named NESCAC Rookie of the Year. He impressed from the start of the season when he scored two second half goals against Westfield State, helping Williams to a 2-1 win.
Coach Russo had this to say of Rashid:
"Mohammed is our most creative attacking player as he possesses a remarkable ability to get out of tight areas. He is a team player and leads our team in assists, thus making those around him better. He also is a tireless worker in his striker position both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball."
Bernard Abagali, at Hobart College, received an honourable mention from the 2012 ‘All-Liberty League Teams’ as sophomore defenseman.
Nearly all of our graduates have been recognised in some capacity for their football skills as part of their college and University teams, they continue to shine amongst their peers.