May 22, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- College Soccer News has rated head coach Tim Lenahan’s Northwestern men’s soccer team’s 2014 recruiting class as the tenth best overall recruiting class in the country.
The Wildcats also rank second in the entire Big Ten, behind only Michigan in the conference.
“Much of the credit has to go to the assistant coaches which would include our current staff of Joe Ahearn and Jeff Oleck and our previous assistant coaches Neil Jones (now Loyola Head Coach) and Mike Babst (now University of Chicago Head Coach),” Wildcats head coach Tim Lenahan. “Neil and Mike started the initial contact with many of the recruits and Joe and Jeff did a great job of continuing the dialogue so we didn’t miss a beat. “
Two of the recruits, Elo Ozumba (Houston Dynamo) and Sam Forsgrean (Minnesota Thunder) continue to be among the US Soccer Developmental Academy leaders in goals. Ozumba, who led the country in 2013 in goals with 25, currently has 13 goals in 22 games this season. Forsgren has 17 goals in just 19 games and is currently the eighth leading scorer in the country.
Riley Kelliher, a starter for New Zealand in the U-17 World Cup, John Moderwell of the Chicago Fire and Francisco Tomasino of Kendall Soccer Coalition round out the incoming freshman class. UCLA transfer, Nati Schnitman, completes the stellar class.
A total of seven of the nine Big Ten teams who sponsor men’s soccer were rated in the annual Top 40 list by College Soccer News. UCLA had garnered the No. 1 rating for the second year in a row.
Eliason scores “golazo” for Throttur in 3-1 win.
NU alum Matt Eliason started his professional career with a bang as he notched four goals in his first three games for Thottur FC in Reykjavik Iceland.
He scored two goals, including the game winner, in a 3-1 over win over rival Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar (KA).
It was his 2nd goal that was drawing the most attention. Chasing down a long ball that the keeper attempted to head out of bounds, Eliason gathered the ball and on the touchline just a few yards from the corner flag, curled in a perfectly placed ball as the KA goalkeeper scrambled to get back to the goal.
Watch the clip below:
It was the second highlight reel goal for Eliason in the last year. Eliason’s picture perfect bicycle kick in the Messi and Friends game at Soldier Field has generated over three million YouTube views since he scored the goal in July 2013.
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