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UNCW Announces Men's Soccer Signings For 2009-10

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 02/27/2009
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WILMINGTON, N.C. UNC Wilmington Head Men’s Soccer Coach Aidan Heaney has announced the signings of Seph Babington, Ricky Cantore, Michael Recchia, Alexander Gylfason and Cody Frennea to play for the Seahawks in 2009-10.

“I’m pleased with the recruiting class that will join the Seahawks in 2009,” said Heaney. “We have added players who will not only make us stronger, but who will also complement the players we have returning. We aim to go one step further than Colonial Athletic Association regular season champions. The biggest challenge I see our new players facing will be how they prepare physically prior to arriving so they are ready to compete for playing time right away

Babington, from Raleigh, N.C, scored 103 goals in four seasons at Cardinal Gibbons. Babington led the Crusaders to state championships in 2006 and 2008, earning all-state honors in 2007 and 2008. On the club level, he plays for the CASL Elite program. During Babington’s four seasons, CASL won the State Cup Championship each year.

“Seph is a strong, physical forward who can hold the ball up, but is deceptive and has the ability to roll you and cause defenses other problems,” said Heaney, reigning CAA Coach-of-the-Year. “I’m pleased he chose UNCW and will add to our attacking options. He has been playing on the CASL Academy team coached by Rusty Scarborough, and comes from a winning environment.”

Cantore joins the Seahawk program after playing at River Hill High School in Columbia, Md. He helped the Hawks capture the 2007 2A State championship as a midfielder. Cantore is a member of the S.A.C United 90/91 squad that has won three Maryland State Championships since 2003.

    “Ricky is a central midfielder who we will look at for a number of positions. He is a small, technically clean midfielder who likes to support the attack and be on the ball and is tactically sound. He has played for SAC United from Maryland, and helped them win their state championship.”

Recchia, meanwhile, hails from Suwanee, Ga., where he played for the Norcross Fury ’91 club team. The Fury was the Region III East Champions and a state semifinalist in 2008. The club was ranked 10th nationally. Recchia scored two goals and had 15 assists from his defender position at North Gwinnett High School, where has served as team captain in 2008 and 2009. North Gwinnett was ranked as high as third at the 4A level in Georgia in 2007.

    Heaney said: “Michael is an excellent addition to our program. A center back, Michael is a good individual defender, with speed, strong aerial ability and is composed on the ball. I anticipate him competing for playing time right away. He has played an integral part in helping his club team, Norcross, rise to state champions in Georgia and has been well-coached by Tony Annan at Norcross.”

The Seahawks also added a player who has international experience in Gylfason, a native of Reykjavik, Iceland. Gylfason has played in the Icelandic U17 National soccer pool as well as the U19 pool. A midfielder, Gylfason totaled 35 goals and 14 assists for First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Va., and helped the Patriots win the 2006-07 Virginia AAA state title. Gylfason plays for the AS Monaco Virginia Rush U18 program.

“Alex is an exciting player who can play wide midfield or attacking midfield, and has the ability to run at players, and take players on. He is technically skilful and will provide us some additional creativity, and will look for him to provide additional assists and goals. He is a product of the Virginia Rush club, and Coach Jay Hoffman.”

Rounding out the incoming class is Frennea, who hails from High Point, N.C. He was an All-Conference selection and Mount Tabor High School’s MVP. In 60 varsity matches, Frennea tallied 10 goals and 25 assists. He plays for the 91 Twins/White club team and also played for the ODP State team and Region Team 05.

“Cody comes to us from Mount Tabor and the Winston-Salem Twins club team. He is someone who could surprise a lot of people. He solidified our belief in him at our camp last summer he is technically good, physically strong, with good mobility and some bite and can play in central midfield or at the back.”

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