Mount St. Mary’s Men’s Soccer Announces Recruiting Class

Emmitsburg, Md. (February 7, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's Men's Soccer Head Coach Bryan Cunningham has announced the addition of 11 newcomers as part of this year's recruiting class.

McKenzie Ali, Joseph Boone, Andrew Chwalik, Ayo Fawole, Roy Noutchang, Obi Onuoha, Elias Ordonez, Victor Rizkalla, Tommy Sidleck, Bilal Hassane Souley and Joel Tshiani are set to join the Mountaineers as they return to competition beginning in the fall of 2018.

"The journey to get to this very special signing day has been extremely rewarding. When I accepted the position here at Mount St. Mary's University I circled this date on my calendar," said Cunningham. "This day represents the great future of our soccer program. These players represent the past, present and future for the Mount. A special thank you goes to Coach Singer for his tireless work ethic in assisting me assembling this class. We were very deliberate in our approach to bring players that can play a high-tempo, attacking oriented possession system. Furthermore, these players all come from championship pedigree teams and we will need that mentality as we embark on this unprecedented journey. I look forward to welcoming this group to campus this summer."

McKenzie Ali | D | Catonsville, Md. | Catonsville High School

  • Earned First Team All-State, First Team All-County, and Second Team All-Met honors with 10 goals and two assists his senior year
  • Named First Team All-State, All-County and All-Met his junior season with three goals and three assists
  • Helped lead his team to Baltimore County Championships in 2015 and 2016 with a combined 23-3-2 record in the pair of seasons
  • His club team, Baltimore Celtic, won the State Cup Championship in 2016 and was crowned Regional Champions in 2017 while finishing third at Nationals
  • Won the Scholar-Athlete Award all four years in high school

Joseph Boone | F | Fort Washington, Md. | Bishop McNamara High School

  • Earned WCAC All-Conference Second Team honors as a senior in 2017
  • Named to the WCAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team in 2016
  • Played his club soccer for Annadale United FC, helping lead the squad to a Capital Shootout Championship

Andrew Chwalik | GK | Butler, Pa. | Butler Senior High School

  • Two-time member of the All-Section Team
  • Helped his club team capture three State Cup Championships and one US Club Regional Championship
  • Received the Jason D. Karenbauer Award, which is given annually to a senior who exemplifies leadership on and off the field, great character, and performs at the top level

Ayo Fawole | F | Columbia, Md. | Long Reach High School

  • Earned Second Team All-County honors as a junior and senior
  • Led his team in goals (6) and assists (6) his junior season
  • Named a Baltimore Sun Player to Watch as a senior
  • Played his club soccer for Baltimore Celtic, helping lead the squad to a 2016 Regional Championship and appearance in the National Semifinals

Roy Noutchang | F/M | Silver Spring, Md. | Paint Branch High School

  • Three-year letterwinner at Paint Branch High School
  • Member of OBGC Rangers Blue club team, helping lead the team to a 2016 State Cup Championship

Obi Onuoha | F | Yardley, Pa. | Pennsbury High School

  • Named First Team All-Conference in both seasons played at Pennsbury High School
  • Earned a pair of Golden Team nominations during his high school career
  • Played his club soccer for Philadelphia Union Academy and Patriot FC. Helped lead Patriot FC to six State Cup Championships

Elias Ordonez | F | Cincinnati, Ohio | Highlands High School

  • Collected Second Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State honors during his high school career
  • Earned his team's Offensive Player of the Year Award and was named to the Offensive Player of the Year shortlist for the region and state.
  • Helped lead Highlands High School to a District Championship
  • Member of the US Youth Futsal National Team and Cincinnati United Premier Gold club team

Victor Rizkalla | M | Germantown, Md. | The Heights School

  • Four-year letterwinner at The Heights School
  • Played his club soccer for Potomac Blue AA

Tommy Sidleck | F | Baltimore, Md. | Archbishop Curley High School

  • Collected MIAA All-Conference honors his senior season after registering 18 goals and 13 assists
  • Selected as the Unsung Hero Award winner as a senior
  • Helped lead his club team, Fester FC, to a pair of Maryland State Cup Championships, one Regional Championship and a National Finals appearance

Bilal Hassane Souley | D | Niger, Africa | CS Progres Niger | Frederick Community College

  • Played the 2017 season at Frederick Community College
  • Appeared in 16 games and made 15 starts for the Cougars in 2017, registering 10 points on two goals and six assists

Joel Tshiani| M | Winston Churchill High School | Montgomery College

  • Played two seasons at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md.
  • Appeared in 18 games and started 12 for the Raptors this past season, registering seven points on two goals and three assists