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A Look at Men's Soccer's 9 Newcomers for 2017
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/27/2017
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DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University men’s soccer head coach John Kerr welcomes the addition of nine newcomers to the program this fall, including seven freshmen and two transfer student-athletes. The group consists of a trio of goalkeepers, a host of quality defenders and multiple midfielders and strikers to bolster the Blue Devil lineup. The Blue Devils arrive officially Aug. 8 and will host their first official game Aug. 25.

Matthias Frick
Feldkirch, Austria | SCR Altach Amateure
6-2 | 195 lbs | Center Back

Kerr on Frick: “Matthias Frick is an outstanding left-footed defender. He reads the game extremely well and is a big, physical presence in the back. He is excellent in the air and possesses a great calmness when building the ball out of the back. He has a good range of short and long passing skills that will enhance our ability to get into our attack quickly out of the back.”

Before Duke: A member of SCR Altach Amateure for the past two seasons … Previously played for Akademie Vorarlberg for four seasons … Has helped Altach to third place in the Regionalliga West … Has appeared in 16 of 17 games for Altach in 2016-17 … Has one goal … Played a total of 1,261 minutes … Team is 19-7-3 overall in 2016-17 … Has helped squad to six shutouts in his 16 appearances.

Personal: Son of Andreas and Sabine Frick … Has one brother and one sister … Born Dec. 14, 1997.

Kristófer Garðarsson
Akranes, Iceland | ÍA Akranes & Kári FC
6-1 |175 lbs | Midfield

Kerr on Garðarsson: “Kristofer Gadarrson is a talented midfielder. On the flank, he is excellent on the dribble and getting in driven crosses across the box. Centrally, he is good in combination playing off the target striker. Being able to strike the ball well with either foot, he will be very dangerous for us on dead ball situations and set pieces.”

Before Duke: Most recently suits up for ÍA Akranes and Kári FC … Previously was a member of the ÍA Akranes U-19 squad for three seasons … Helped ÍA Akranes U19s take runner up in the Icelandic National Tournament in 2014 and 2016 and third in 2015 … Team took second in the 2014 Icelandic Cup and won the fall tournament that had eight of the best teams in the country … Kári FC captured the top spot in group B in a 2017 preseason tournament … Kári took second in the fourth division of Iceland in 2014 … Trained with Icelandic U19 National Team in 2014 … Winner of the short story competition at his high school Gurndaskóli as a senior … Also won an innovation con test, which included students from ninth through 11th grades.

Personal: Son of Garðar Jonsson and Lára Hagalín Bjӧrgvinsdóttir … Has one brother and two sisters … Father played and coached on several Icelandic teams during his career from 1979-1995 … Father also played basketball for ÍA Akranes … Brother played for the first team of ÍA Akranes in 2010-11 and sister, Heiðrún played for the women’s first team of ÍA Akranes from 1999-2009 … Born Feb. 25, 1997.

Erik Hanson
Mechanicsburg, Pa. | Brown University
6-4 | 200 lbs | Goalkeeper

Kerr on Hanson: “Erik Hanson is a graduate student who comes to us from Brown University. Erik has a great presence and is excellent in the air. He is a strong shot stopper and communicates very well with his defenders. He has a lot of experience as a starter which gives us great depth at our goalkeeping position.”

At Brown
2016: Honorable Mention All-Ivy ... Started 15 games in goal ... Racked up eight wins with four shutouts ... Ranked third in the Ivy League with a 1.02 goals-against average ... Set a career high with eight saves in win over Princeton (10/8).

2015: Made 10 starts in net … Finished 5-4-1 with a pair of shutout wins over Quinnipiac (9/4) and Boston University (10/13) … Recorded a season-high six saves against Princeton (10/10) and BU (10/13) … Finished with a 1.26 goals-against average and a .745 save percentage.

2014: Spun a shutout in his first collegiate game in goal, saving one New Hampshire attempt in 90:53 minutes to protect a 1-0 Brown lead on October 28 … Earned his first win in that game.
As a freshman in 2013: Gained valuable experience as a backup to Josh Weiner ‘14.

Before Brown: A three-year starter on the soccer team at Mechanicsburg Area High School, Hanson was named First Team All-Keystone Division, First Team Mid-Penn, Patriot News Player to Watch, and Central Pennsylvania Big 11 as a senior … Also earned All-Sentinel Honorable Mention recognition … Posted a 1.00 GAA during his senior campaign … One of two players in school history to win Mid-Penn Division two times as a starter … Also the starting goalie for the 14,15 and 16 FC Delco Academy … Member of Philadelphia Union 16 Academy Team and a three-time U.S. Soccer Training Center attendee … Named to Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week … Was a previous member of Eastern Pennsylvania ODP Team … Recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Personal: The son of Robert and Andrea Hanson, Erik has one brother, Dane, who played soccer at Lafayette … member of National Honor Society and Honor Roll student while at Mechanicsburg Area High School … concentrating in business, entrepreneurship and organizations.

Wilhelm Jacques
Medford, Mass. | FC Boston Bolts Academy
6-0 | 160 lbs | Defender

Top Drawer Soccer Rankings
No. 32 of IMG Academy 150 | No. 2 in Northeast Region | No. 9 Defender
College Soccer News: No. 3

Kerr on Jacques: “Will Jacques is an excellent defender and a highly sought after recruit who will be able to make an immediate impact for us on the field. He is tall, athletic and reads the game very well. His ability to play the ball out of the back will be a great asset in helping us transition from defense to the attack. Will has a solid foundation from the FC Boston Bolts club which also produced current sophomore Jack Doran.”

Before Duke: A member of the FC Boston Bolts Academy team since 2015 … Previously played for NEFC Elite U14 and U15 … Helped the Bolts secure a playoff spot with a third place in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference with a 12-6-6 overall record … Started all 18 games in which he played … Owns one goal, while the Bolts have given up the fewest goals in the division and the third fewest among the 31 teams in all of the US Soccer Development Academy … Played and started 28 games and scored three goals in his first season with the Bolts … Voted to the Academy East Best XI for the 2015-16 season with the Bolts … Named an Eastern Mass All-Star as a member of the NEFC Elite … Greater Boston League All-Star .. Olympic Development Region I team … Played two seasons for Medford High School … Starting center back before moving to FC Boston Bolts Academy.

Personal: Son of Wilhelm and Evelyne Jacques … Has one older sister … Relatives Herve Damas played football at Hofstra and one season with the Buffalo Bills … Marcus Damas played basketball at Towson and professionally in Europe … Born Oct. 30, 1999.

Stephen O’Connell
Rye, N.Y. | Black Rock FC
5-11 | 170 | Defender

Kerr on O’Connell:Stephen O'Connell is a talented player who gives us a lot of depth down the left hand side. He can play as a left back or outside midfield. He reads the game well and is very good at getting forward in attacking positions. He will give us a lot of options and will be a great asset to the team.”

Before Duke: A member of Black Rock FC … Captained club to the New England Premiership 2017 Connecticut State Cup title to earn a spot at nationals … Also for Shattuck St. Mary’s for two seasons and most recently the Berkshire School … Scored seven goals and had 14 assists in his 21 games with Berkshire … Had five goals and seven assists in his first seven games with Black Rock FC this season … Helped lead Berkshire to the New England Class “A” Prep School title in 2016 … Also ran track and placed third in the 800 at the New England Championships.

Personal: Son of Donald and Suzanne O’Connell … Has three brothers … Brother Greg is a goalkeeper at Saint Joseph’s University, while Philip ran track at Villanova and Douglas ran track and played soccer at Carnegie Mellon … Mother was an assistant athletic director and head track coach at Fordham and is a member of the Villanova Sports Hall of Fame for track and field … Born August 4, 1998.

Daniele Proch
Riva Del Garda, Italy | Catawba College
5-7 | 150 lbs | Midfield

Kerr on Proch: “Daniele comes to us after one year at Catawba. He is a very good attacking player who can play a number of positions. He is very dangerous on the dribble and can create his own shot while also opening up opportunities for others. I really like that he that he converts his chances in front of goal. He can play wide or underneath the target striker.”

At Catawba College
2016: Started 16 games in a 10-7 season for the Indians … Led all scorers as a freshman with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points … Named the South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year … Voted to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region Third Team … Was one of three freshmen named all-region … Ranked seventh in the SAC in goals and assists and fourth in points as a rookie.

Before Catawba: Played for FC Suditrol U19 team in 2013-14 … Spent two seasons with Dro Calcio in Italy.

Personal: Son of Stefania and Gianni Proch … Has one brother … Born Nov. 8, 1996.

Will Pulisic
Mechanicsville, Va. | Borussia Dortmund U19
5-11 | 170 lbs | Goalkeeper

Top Drawer Soccer IMG Top 150: 25
College Soccer News: 25

Kerr on Pulisic: “We are very excited to welcome Will Pulisic to our program. He has extensive experience as the starter for the United States U17 National Team in the 2017 World Cup. He recently spent a year playing for the Borussia Dortmund U19 team in Germany. His organizational, positional play and communication skills are exceptional for a young goalkeeper. He is excellent at distribution, which will be key in starting our transition to offense. He also will be a calming influence for us on defense.”

Before Duke: Recently took a gap year and is competing with the Borussia Dortmund U19 squad … Has made eight appearances and owns four shutouts in 720 minutes of action … Has helped Borussia Dortmund to the stop of the A-Junioren Bundesliga West standings … Has been a mainstay with the U.S. youth national team player pool … Was called up to the U19 squad for the final training camp of 2016 … Traveled to the Canary Islands with the U.S. U-19 National Team … Earned the start in goal a 1-0 loss to Spain … Invited to become a part of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program in 2013 … Played club for Richmond United in the U.S. Development Academy when not with the U.S. U-17 National Team … Earned the starting goalkeeper spot for the U-17 national team at the U-17 World Cup … Debuted for the U-17 MNT on Nov. 17, 2013, posting a clean sheet as the USA defeated Canada 2-0 … Won Golden Glove awards in tournaments in Turkey and France … Also appeared in the USA’s 5-1 win against England on Dec. 11 at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies, which the U.S. won the title … Made 11 starts and saw action in 14 games in 2014 … Posted an 8-4-1 record and three shutouts – twice in the Copa Mexico against China PR and Mexico, respectively, and against Canada at the Panama International Tournament … Earned victories in games leading up to the 2015 U-17 World Cup – a 2-0 win against Panama and a 5-2 victory against Bermuda … Played the full 90 in all three games for the United States … Helped the United States to a 2-2 draw with Croatia.

Personal: Son of Matt and Jennifer Pulisic … Has older twin brothers ... Thomas is a senior at William and Mary and played baseball for the Tribe … Joseph, senior at Old Dominion University, played football for the Monarchs … Has a younger sister, Allie … Father played soccer at Randolph Macon College … Cousin, Christian Pulisic, is currently playing with Borussia Dortmund and recently became the youngest American Bundesliga debutant to see German first division action … Born April 16, 1998.

Michael Reis
Claremont, Calif. | FC Golden State Academy
6-2 | 180 lbs | Goalkeeper

Kerr on Reis:Michael Reis is an excellent goalkeeper. He has good hands and is a superb shot blocker. He has good size and presence and communicates very well with the defenders in front of him. His distribution is good on the ground and in the air. He will add great depth to our goalkeeper position.”

Before Duke: A member of FC Golden State Academy team since the 2013-14 season … Started all 21 games in which he appeared in the 2016-17 season … Owns six shutouts this season … Helped lead FC Golden State to a runner-up finish at the 2016 Dallas Cup in the U17 super group … Finished among the top eight teams in the USDDA in 2015-16.

Personal: Son of Kelly and Michael Reis … Father was a member of the Saint Mary’s men’s soccer team from 1989-1992 … Uncle, Matt Reis, played at UCLA from 1994-97 and played with Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy from 1998-2002 and New England Revolution (2003-13) … Matt currently serves as the U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper coach … Born May 6, 1999.

Daniel Wright
Wixom, Mich. | Crew Soccer Academy Wolves
5-10 | 140 lbs | Forward

Top Drawer Soccer Rankings
No. 20 of 150 IMG Academy | No. 2 in Great Lakes Region | No. 10 Midfielder
College Soccer News: No. 29

Kerr on Wright:Daniel Wright is a dynamic soccer player. He has fantastic tools for scoring and creating goal scoring opportunities as evidenced by his performance in his final Academy season. He is crafty and has a good eye for a pass. He has the ability to unlock defenses and will be a consistent threat in the final third for us.”

Before Duke: A member of the Crew SC Academy Wolves since 2013-14 … Led his team to a runner-up finish in the Mid-America Division with a 16-8-1 overall record … Ranked 10th among all academy players with a 21 goals in his 24 games … Has started all 24 games for the U17-18 squad … Scored both goals in a 2-2 draw with Real So Cal in the USSDA Playoffs … Missed the first half of the 2015-16 season for the CSA Wolves, but finished with nine goals in 11 starts … Helped lead the Wolves to the USSDA Playoffs Mid-America Division runner-up in 2016 … Tallied 26 goals in 2014-15 en route to the division title and appearance in the USSDA playoffs … Voted to the Best XI for the Central Conference … Also led the Wolves to the 2014 division championship and playoffs and scored 14 goals … Named to Best XI of the playoffs by Top Drawer Soccer … Selected to the Olympic Development Regional Team from 2010-12.

Personal: Son of Alena and Kevin Wright … Has two older brothers … Brother, Adam was a four-year member of the Olivet men’s soccer team and is a current assistant coach at Jackson College … Born Nov. 17, 1998.