With a roster that reaches across Canada, and the world, the new-look Saints get their 2019 season started on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at downtown Toronto’s De La Salle College.
The 1st Soccer team is off to a great start with a 3-1 pre-season record, and they are eager to showcase a fresh young squad that brings a wealth of global experience.
One of the new faces is midfielder Ali Abubakar Gharib '22, a native of Kenya, who becomes the second Football for Good (East Africa) scholar to join St. Andrew’s College. He joins wingback Geoffrey Ogenrwot ’21, who scored twice during the Saints’ U.S. tour that included a 5-0 win at Cleveland’s Gilmour Academy and a narrow 2-1 defeat at Catholic Prep (Erie, PA).
Also likely to see significant minutes is the Mexican connection of fearless defender Diego Velazquez ’22 (Puebla, MEX) and crafty left-footed midfielder Eduardo Kuri ’23 (Mexico City, MEX), who is already getting starting opportunities even though he turns just 14 years of age in December.
Through the middle of the park, SAC will rely heavily on Ian Hilgendorff '21, a native of Reading, England, who returns to Canada after spending a year with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer (MLS), and Ryan Purdy ’21, who was with the U19 squad of Spain’s Malaga City FC.
Another exciting part of the Saints Soccer youth movement is 15-year-old German midfielder/winger Jan Hofmeister ’22, who will bring his FSV Frankfurt academy experience to Canada.
This new group joins a solid roster that returns starters Ronan Woodroffe ’22 (GK), Owen Bradbury ’22 (MID), Cole Galata ’20 (FWD) and 2018 MVP and new captain Chris Marton ’20 (CB).
This new international flavour at St. Andrew’s College, looks to be the start of something very special on the soccer field.
This Week’s Action:
Wed Sept. 18 @ De La Salle College, 3:30 p.m.
Sat Sept. 21 vs Ridley College, 10:30 a.m. (Yuill Field)
2019 SAC SOCCER 1ST TEAM ROSTER
#, Name, Position, Hometown, Most Recent Club/Team, Grad Year
1 Ronan Woodroffe, GK, Nobleton CAN, North Toronto, 2022
2 Matteo Derbedrosian, FWD, Concord CAN, Thornhill Thunder, 2020
3 Bryce Neil, DEF, Aurora CAN, SAC Soccer, 2020
4 Christopher Marton (C), DEF, Aurora CAN, Vaughn SC, 2020
6 James Clarke, DEF, St. John's CAN, Feildians Soccer, 2021
7 John-Anthony Zarboni, DEF, Aurora CAN, Aurora FC, 2021
8 Pu Yuan 'Jack' Li, FWD, Beijing CHN, SAC Soccer, 2020
9 Cole Galata, FWD, Newmarket CAN, Aurora FC, 2020
10 Owen Bradbury, MID, Toronto CAN, Aurora FC / FFG Uganda, 2022
11 Alejandro Guraieb Abella, DEF, Veracruz MEX, Culver Academy USA, 2020
14 Geoffrey Ogenrwot, FWD, Kitgum UGA, Aurora FC / FFG Uganda, 2021
17 Jan Hofmeister, MID, Bad Homburg GER, FSV Frankfurt, 2022
18 Ali Abubakar Gharib, MID Nairobi KEN, FFG Uganda, 2022
21 Ryan Purdy, FWD, Stouffville CAN, Malaga City FC Spain, 2021
22 Diego Velazquez, DEF, Puebla MEX, Puebla FC, 2022
23 Ian Hilgendorff, MID, Reading ENG, FC Dallas USA, 2021
26 Eduardo Kuri, MID, Mexico City MEX, Pumas FC, 2023
29 Mark Hillier, FWD, Labrador City CAN, Western Wolves, 2020
31 Zishan Tejpar, GK, Unionville CAN, Aurora FC, 2021
Story by Adrian Bradbury, SAC Soccer