LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Men’s Soccer Head Coach Cesar Markovic has announced the addition of seven newcomers to the Saints’ 2017 roster. Siena’s diverse Class of 2021 includes six true freshmen – four of whom hail from different foreign countries – while the Saints also welcome rising sophomore and Villanova transfer Frank Cotroneo to the squad.
“I am greatly anticipating the arrival of this incredibly talented and diverse collection of players,” said Markovic, who is set to begin his fifth season leading the program. “This is a young but very experienced group joining us with success at the highest levels of competition both home and overseas.”
Pittsford, New York product Winston Bennett amassed over 200 saves spanning his final two seasons at Pittsford Mendon. The 6-1, 195-pound goalkeeper and team captain was the recipient of the Senior Excellence Award, and was an MCC Showcase winner. A three-sport athlete who also excelled in both basketball and baseball for the Vikings, Bennett played club soccer for the Pittsford Mustangs, Pittsford Hawks, and Fairport United RDSL.
Linus Johansson matriculates to Siena from Jarfalla, Sweden and the Thoren Business School. The 5-9, 158-pound midfielder most recently suited up for Sundbyberg IK which competes in Sweden’s Second Division, the fourth tier of Swedish Soccer. Johansson previously played for both the U17 and U19 teams, Ekero IK of the Second Division, FC Stockholm of the Third Division, and the Brommapojkarna club squad.
Alejandro Riquelme joins the Saints from Las Rozas, Spain, where he starred for Las Rozas Club de Futbol which competes in the Juvenil Nacional Division and faces the likes of the Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid U18 teams. The 5-8, 165-pound striker scored 10 goals and added eight assists in 19 starts for Las Rozas CF.
A native of Stavanger, Norway, Andreas Rosnes currently plays for Sola FK in Norway’s Second Division. The 5-9, 160-pound midfielder amassed five goals and 10 assists while splitting time between the First and Second Team in 2016, and started 10 out of 11 matches with the First Team this past season. Rosnes previously played three seasons at Svithun High School, which is regarded as one of the top high school soccer programs in all of Norway.
Avon, Connecticut goalkeeper Maxim Umansky was named an All-Conference selection while leading Avon High to consecutive state titles in 2015 and 2016. The 5-11, 155-pound prospect competed in the NPL Nationals with his club team FSA FC 98/99 Elite.
A 6-4, 190-pound back from Kingston, Jamaica, Scott Williams led Wolmer’s Boys School to a 2015 Walker Cup Championship, 2016 Manning Cup Finalist, and 2016 Flow Super Cup Championship. Williams dished out three assists in the Flow Super Cup and added a pair more in the Manning Cup, while quarterbacking a defense which recorded double digits in clean sheets. Williams captained his Harbourview FC club team to an international tournament championship in the Cayman Islands while totaling three goals and 10 assists.
Cotroneo made two appearances as a freshman last year for a Villanova squad which won 10 matches and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. A 5-10, 155-pound back from Grand Island, New York, Cotroneo was rated a three-star recruit and the 105th best player in his class by Top Drawer Soccer. He previously spent three years with the Empire Revolution Academy in the US Soccer Development Academy, and was the starting center midfielder for the Empire United Soccer Academy squad which won State Cup Championships in both 2012 and 2013. Cotroneo has been invited to multiple US Soccer Market Training Centers, and was a member of the Region 1 ODP Team in both 2012 and 2013 and the Region 1 Pool Team in 2013.
Musa Konteh will also debut for the Saints this fall. The 6-3, 200-pound back out of the Bronx by way of University Prep Charter red-shirted last season.
Siena’s newcomers join a program which posted an 8-8-5 overall record last season and finished third in the MAAC with a 6-3-1 league mark. The Saints capped the 2016 season by going unbeaten in 10 of their final 13 matches, culminating with a trip to the MAAC Semifinals for the second straight season.