HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has announced that Liam O'Sullivan (Trumbull, Conn.), Ryan Scheiderman (Brick, N.J.) and Brian Westerman (Long Island, N.Y.) will join the Bobcats' roster for the upcoming season. Quinnipiac will embark on a challenging MAAC schedule for the first time this fall.
Liam O'Sullivan – Midfield/Defense – Trumbull, Conn. – Trumbull High School
O'Sullivan comes to Quinnipiac after picking up some valuable experience over the past few years. He currently serves as the captain of South Central Premier, a club team run by University of Bridgeport head coach Brian Quinn. He has played in 22 games this season, starting in 21 of them, while scoring one goal from his defensive position.
"Liam has spent three years in the USSF Development Academy with South Central Premier," said Da Costa. "He is playing at a very competitive level and we have watched him grow as a player over the past year. I feel Liam has a high ceiling and we will continue to see him improve over the four years he will spend with us. He will add depth to our defensive unit and I anticipate he will make a quick transition into the squad."
In addition to his club team, O'Sullivan also wrapped up a four-year stint with the Trumbull High School soccer team. He led the team to a FCIAC Championship in 2011 where he garnered Most Valuable Player honors in the championship game. He led the midfield with seven goals, including the game-winner in the Connecticut State Tournament Quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.
Ryan Scheiderman – Midfield – Brick, N.J. – Brick Memorial High School
Scheiderman brings a wealth of experience, both national and international, to the Bobcats' roster this fall. He has two separate playing spells overseas – one in Peru in 2008 and another in England in 2010 – where he trained with elite coaches for a brief period of time. Scheiderman currently plays for Match Fit Chelsea FC, a club team within the US Soccer Development Academy. He has two goals in 19 appearances from his midfield role this season.
"Ryan has spent his youth career playing in the USSF Development Academy with two different clubs in New Jersey," Da Costa remarked. "His experiences will serve him well at our level and allow him to quickly transition to Division I college soccer. Ryan has great work ethic and is a very forward thinking player. I like his versatility to play out wide and as a striker. He is technically sound with very good pace. I am looking forward to seeing how Ryan fits into his role within the team."
Along with his club team, Scheiderman had a three-year stint with the Brick Memorial High School soccer team as well. He earned the team's Coach's Award as a sophomore before being named the team's Most Valuable Player as a junior. In addition to his prowess on the field, he was also a member of the National Honors Society while taking AP and honors courses.
Brian Westerman –Goalkeeper – Long Island, N.J. – Chaminade High School
Westerman wrapped up a stellar high school career last fall and will go down as one of the most decorated goalkeepers in program history. He was a two-year starter for the Flyers while leading the squad to a New York State Catholic High School Championship in 2012. He allowed just two goals all season long and was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship game. The nationally ranked Flyers also advanced to the championship game of the New York State Tournament as well.
"Brian is an exciting young goalkeeper," said Da Costa. "He is very athletic with good feet. Brian comes from a successful high school program and will add depth at the goalkeeper position while complementing our current collection of keepers. Coach Grubb and I look forward to Brian joining our squad this summer."
Westerman, an All-Conference honoree as a senior, also played for the RVC Lightning club team for the last eight years. With his help behind the ball, the team was ranked No. 1 in the region and was Co-NERP Champions in their most recent campaign.
The Bobcats claimed their first Northeast Conference Regular Season Title in program history at the strength of an 8-1-1 mark in league play last year. Quinnipiac made five trips to the NEC Tournament – nearly capturing its first NCAA Tournament berth back in 2009. Quinnipiac officially joins the MAAC on July 1.
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