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Men's College Soccer - Freshmen Making An Impact - Fall 2020

Freshmen often experience limited playing time but there are always exceptions. College Soccer News has identifed some of the exceptions during the fall 2020 season.  



Bertin Jacquesson - Forward - Pittsburgh - Lorrez-Le-Bocage, France - Played for RC Strasbourg. Jacquesson has been a starter and impact player on the offensive side of the ball for the Panthers contributing two goals and five assists.  


Cristian Escribano - Defender - Wake Forest - Frisco, Texas - Played for USL team North Texas FC. He has been a solid contributor and starter on the defensive side for the Demon Deacons.


Garrison Tubbs - Defender - Wake Forest - Brunswick, Georgia - Played for the Atlanta United FC Academy.  Has been a starter and rock solid performer on the defensive side of the ball for a Wake Forest defense that has only allowed a total of five goals in seven contests.  


Tim Schels - Midfielder - North Carolina - Erding, Germany - Played for Regionalliga Bayern and was a member of the U18 German National Team.  Has been a starter and steady contributor in the midfield for the Tar Heels from the get-go.


Deandre Kerr - Forward - Syracuse - Ajax, Ontario - Played for Toronto FC in the US Soccer Development Academy and has been a member of the Canadian U-15 and U-17 National Teams. He has been a starter up-top for the Orange and scored twice in Syracuse's 2-2 tie with Louisville.  


Paddy Burns - Defender - Notre Dame - Crumlin, Northern Ireland - Captained Northern Ireland's U-18 Team.  Has been a starter and tenacious addition to the Irish backline.  Contributed an assist in Notre Dame's 1-0 win over Syracuse.  


Pau Palacin - Forward - NC State - Alzira, Spain - Played for UD Alzira among others in Spain. Has been a starter and key addition up top for the Wolfpack.


Lewis McGarvey - Defender - Duke - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Played for Glentoran Football Club. A ball winner and contributor out of set pieces in the back for the Blue Devils.


Antonio Lopez - Midfielder - Duke - Las Vegas, Nevada - Played for Seattle Sounders Academy. Has been a consistent starter in the midfield for the Blue Devils.


Peter Stroud - Defender - Duke - Chester, New Jersey - Played for West Ham United. Prior to that played for the New York Red Bulls.  Has been a starter on the defensive side of the ball and key member of a 2020 Duke recruiting class that was ranked by College Soccer News as the number on class in the country.


Bryce Lebel - Defender - Louisville - Sparta, New Jersey - Played for the New York Red Bulls. Has been a starter on the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinals during fall play.   


Ethan Hackenberg - Forward - Coastal Carolina - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Played for the Cleveland Internationals.  Scored in Coastal Carolina's 3-2 win over Central Arkansas and in their 2-1 win over Georgia Southern.


Mael Couteau - Defender - Coastal Carolina - Guyancourt, France - Played for INF Clairefontaine and Stade de Reims.  Has been a starter in the Chanticleer back line with a goal and an assist to date.


Andrew Bennett - Midfielder - Georgia State - Hertfordshire, England - Played for Ware FC and the Richard Hale School.  Moved into a starting role as the season progressed. Scored twice and contributed an assist in Georgia State's 3-1 win over Georgia Southern.


Rubyn Singh Gill - Midfielder - Central Arkansas - Leicester, England - Played for Leicester City U-18 and Solihull U-19. Has been a starter in the midfield for the Bears with a goal and an assist.


Sekou Soumah - Defender - South Carolina - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Played for Susquehanna and the U-19 USL Colorado Rapids. Has been a starter and a solid part of the Gamecock  backline.


Christian Kraus - Defender - South Carolina - Fenton, Missouri - Was the 2019 Missouri Men's Gatorade Player of the Year out of Rockwood Summit High School.  Scored in South Carolina's 1-0 win over Mercer and in their 5-0 win over Belmont Abbey.


Aidan Ferreira - Defender - Georgia Southern - Canton, Georgia - Played for UFA Development Academy and Creekview High School. Has been a starter in the back for six out of the Eagles seven contests.  


Nick Wanzer - Midfielder - Mercer - Frisco, Texas - Played for FC Dallas and Centennial High School.  Has been a consistent starter in the midfield for Mercer.


Enzo Mauriz - Midfielder - Kentucky - Rancho Cucamonga, California - Played for Sporting Kansas City.  Started in four out of Kentucky's six matches in the fall season.


Picture from Pittsburgh Athletics.