BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team announced its 2019 recruiting class Friday afternoon. This is Head Coach Rich Wall's fourth recruiting class at Lees-McRae. In his previous classes, he's produced the 2017 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year – Johannes Oeksnevad, as well as other All-Conference/All-Region selections, Harvey McMorrow and Agustin Ortiz. The 2019 class signings represent domestic student-athletes from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois – to go along with three international student-athletes representing England, Spain, and Sweden.
Donovan Branch – The 5-10 versatile defender/midfielder from Cayce, S.C. will join the Bobcats in the fall, following a successful two years at Spartanburg Methodist College. During two seasons, Donovan appeared in 43 matches, including 32 starts. He produced a total of 8 goals and 11 assists, meanwhile accounting for 3 game winning goals for SMC. Prior to SMC, he graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School.
Zach Clay – The 5-10 defender from Lenoir, N.C. rejoins the Bobcats squad following a one-year absence. During Zach's first two seasons he appeared in 27 total matches primarily as an outside back, earning 13 starts and recorded one assist in the team's win over North Greenville in 2017. Zach graduated from West Caldwell High School in 2016 prior to his initial enrollment at Lees-McRae College.
Stephon Davis – The 5-9 forward from Orlando, Fla. will join the Bobcats in the fall. Stephon represents Florida Rush Soccer Club and Tohopekaliga High School. During his time at Tohopekaliga, Stephon was a four-time varsity soccer player, and two-time All-Orange Belt Conference selection.
Kolin Fadden – The 6-1 defender from Cary, Ill. will join the Bobcats in the fall. Kolin represents Sockers FC Chicago, and Cary Grove High School. At Cary Grove, Kolin was a two-time varsity soccer player, and in 2018 earned Team MVP and was selected to the All-Fox Valley Conference Team.
Carson Holgate – The 5-10 attacking midfielder from Asheville, N.C. will join the Bobcats in the fall. Carson represents Highland Football Club, and A.C. Reynolds high school. In 2017, A.C. Reynolds won their Conference Championship and were the NCHSAA 3A State Finalists. In 2018 as a senior, Carson was named as a team captain.
Tore Hojeberg – The 5-9 midfielder from Stockholm, Sweden will join the Bobcats in the fall. Tore is a midfielder for Akropolis IF of the Sweden under-19 1st Division. He will graduate from Sjolins Gymnasium Nacka prior to his arrival at Lees-McRae.
Ty Kirssin – The 6-0 goalkeeper from Mason, Ohio joined the Bobcats in January of 2019 following his graduation from Mason High School. Ty played for Alliance Cincinnati Elite of the Midwest Regional Premier League and previously played for Cincinnati United Premier where he was an Ohio South State Cup Champion in 2015 & 2017.
Matt Law – The 5-10 forward from Newcastle, England will join the Bobcats in the fall. In England, Matt has represented the Consett Chiefs u18's, Durham County Schools u18's, and the St. Thomas More Catholic School team. Matt made his mark by leading all three teams in goals scored, meanwhile being a team captain for two of the three teams.
Eduardo Olavide – The 5-7 midfielder from Canary Islands, Spain will join the Bobcats in the fall after a successful two years at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, NY. Eduardo contributed 3 goals and 11 assists for Cayuga CC in 2018 during a successful campaign for the program which came to a close in the NJCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Semifinal. In Spain, Eduardo played for Acodetti CF, and he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Dawson Sprinkle – The 5-10 defender/midfielder from Statesville, N.C. will join the Bobcats in the fall following his graduation from Statesville High School. Dawson is a four-time varsity player, a team captain, and has been recognized as a two-time all-region, and three-time all-conference selection. He is also a member of the National Technology Honors Society. Away from school, Dawson is a member of the 2000 Carolina Alliance club team.