The guys over at TopDrawerSoccer.Com came out with their Midseason Top 100 freshman and overall player rankings this past week and the DMV had 19 representatives on the 2 lists! We took a look at all 19 of the players on the 2 lists and how they’re currently doing (Current as of 8/17) this year, as well as highlighting where […]
The guys over at TopDrawerSoccer.Com came out with their Midseason Top 100 freshman and overall player rankings this past week and the DMV had 19 representatives on the 2 lists! We took a look at all 19 of the players on the 2 lists and how they’re currently doing (Current as of 8/17) this year, as well as highlighting where they played for in their youth careers. We’ll start with the Freshman Top 100 list, where we have 11 DMV representatives including the #1 freshman in the country!
Freshman Top 100
1.) Aboubacar Keita – University of Virginia
Alum of: Columbus Crew SC Academy, USYNT & Westerville North HS
Stats: 12 GP, 12 GS (Played 1119/1120 minutes) 1 Goal
Aboubacar is picked as the #1 freshman in the country after playing all but one minute of the Virginia Cavaliers season so far. Keita came to Charlottesville after a strong senior season with the Columbus Crew academy in which he helped the team finish 3rd in the USSDA, collecting Conference Best XI honors along the way. The Virginia Cavaliers defense is one of the biggest reasons they are currently ranked #3 in the RPI rankings, conceding just 6x all season, while keeping 7 clean sheets & Keita has played a key role in the defensive unit, stepping in for 2x consecutive All-ACC defender Sergi Nus, who is still out with injury. Looking forward to seeing the Hoos and Keita progress into the postseason as they keep rolling.
15.) Chandler Vaughn – University of Pittsburgh
Alum of: DC United Academy, PWSI Courage, Forest Park HS & USYNT
Stats: 14 GP, 14 GS (2nd Highest on team, minutes played at 1239 min) 1 Assist
Chandler has been a constant presence on the Pitt backline and has starred during his freshman year for the Panthers, with the 2nd most minutes played. After a strong early youth career with PWSI Courage, Chandler moved to the DC United Academy where he has evolved into one of the nations top outside backs, starring regularly for the USYNT’s and spending time in the residency program. Vaughn should be a lock for the ACC All-Freshman team as Pitt head into their final 3 regular season games against Duke, WVU & Notre Dame.
29.) William James Herve – University of Maryland
Alum of: Valenciennes FC (France) Reserves & U-19 team
Stats: 12 GP, 9 GS (Most minutes played for Freshman, 727 min) 3 Goals, 2 Assists
Herve has had an instant impact in College Park during his freshman season, after not starting the Terps opening 3 games against Stanford, Virginia & UCLA. Since those matchups, Herve has gone on to start in all 9 of Maryland’s subsequent games, leading the team in points. The Terps have struggled early in the year to score and the freshman has helped ease some of these woes with 3 goals and 2 assists during his time on the field and will look to contribute a few more as Maryland face Ohio State, Penn State & Michigan looking for some conference points heading into the post season.
45.) Sivert Haugli – Virginia Tech
Alum of: Snaroeya SK, Stabaek Football and Baerum SK (Norwegian)
Stats: 13 GP, 13 GS (5th Most minutes played on team, highest for freshman) 1 Assist
Sivert Haugli has come into his freshman season in the United States and has been an instant starter for the Hokies, standing at 6-5 his presence has been massive along their backline. Haugli grabbed an assist in the Hokies last outing, a 4-0 beating of William & Mary and has helped the team keep 4 clean sheets on the year.
49.) Giannis Nikopolidis – Georgetown University
Alum of: Olympiacos U20’s & Greek YNT
Stats: 11 GP, 11 GS (Starting GK) 6 Clean Sheets
The son of legendary Greek national team GK, Antonio Nikopolidis, Giannis has come onto the Hilltop and taken over for San Jose Earthquakes HG, JT Marcinkowski in net as the starter from Day 1. The Hoyas have enjoyed a 7-3-3 start to the year and Nikopolidis has been solid throughout, collecting 6 shutouts in his 11 games played while also recording a .813 Save Percentage and .76 GAA. Next up for the Hoyas and Nikopolidis is 4 straight BIG EAST matchups in which he’ll need to be on point for Georgetown to improve their already solid 3-1-1 conference record.
54.) Cabrel Happi Kamseu – University of Virginia
Alum of: Deerfield Academy (New England)
Stats: 11 GP, 10 GS (2nd UVA player on list, Top goalscorer) 5 Goals
Happi Kamseu has been an instant impact in Charlottesville and has already scored 5 goals off of just 6 shots on goal this year, 2 of them gamewinners. Kamseu has been a constant fixture in the lineup starting 10 of the Hoos 12 games and has played 781 minutes, good for 9th best on the team and 2nd best of the freshman.
70.) Sean Zawadzki – Georgetown University
Alum of: Columbus Crew SC Academy, USYNT and Olmsted Falls HS
Stats: 13 GP, 5 GS (1 Assist)
Zawadzki is just one of twelve players who has featured in all 13 games for the Hoyas and has been a constant presence on the field, earning 3 of his 5 starts in the teams last 3 outings. Zawadzki recorded his only point on the season in the 1-1 tie with 3x consecutive National Champions, Stanford, assisting on the teams loan goal. The freshman will look to continue his streak of starts as the Hoyas head into their final stretch of games against.
73.) Garrett Lyons – St.Joseph’s University
Alum of: Potomac SA & Georgetown Prep
Stats: 14 GP, 13 GS (1 Game-winning goal, 5th most minutes played) 1 Goal, 1 Assist
After a strong senior year at Georgetown Prep and with Potomac in which Lyons was named All State- TDS, All-Conference, Washington Post All-Met, & led the conference in points, he has continued his strong form as a freshman in college and has helped a St.Joes side that has been very strong at home. The Hawks are sitting at 7-5-2 (1-2-2 in Conference, 5-0-1 Home) currently and have matchups against St.Bonaventure, Drexel, Rhode Island & Saint Louis to close the season, a big test of the Hawks and Lyons as they try to earn a postseason berth.
77.) Daryl Dike – University of Virginia
Alum of: Edmond North HS & OKC Energy PDL
Stats: 8 GP, 7 GS (3rd UVA player on the list, Top goalscorer) 5 Goals
Dike comes into UVA after being a three-time Oklahoma Offensive POTY & the reigning Oklahoma Gatorade POTY, Daryl also scored 70 career goals for his high school, the state 6A record. After a very successful HS career Dike has continued his scoring exploits for the Cavaliers as he ties for the team lead with fellow freshman, Cabrel Happi Kamseu, on 5 goals, but has scored his 5 in just 8 games, with 4 of his 5 goals coming in his last 3 games for the Hoos. Dike will look to score for the 4th game running this weekend as UVA hosts #1 Wake Forest in a huge ACC matchup!
87.) Justin Gielen – University of Maryland
Alum of: Baltimore Celtic SC & DeMatha Catholic HS
Stats: 12 GP, 1 GS (2nd Maryland player on the list, 2nd most freshman minutes) 1 Goal
Gielen starred for local high school, DeMatha Catholic over the past 4 years, scoring 52 goals and notching an additional 22 assists during his career their. Gielen was a 3x Washington Post All-Met selection, United Soccer Coaches All-American and the 2017 WCAC POTY, he also starred for local club, Baltimore Celtic SC where he scored 59 goals in his last 42 club games last year. Justin has featured often for the Terps, playing in all but one of their games so far this year and even grabbing back to back starts when Elney missed 2 games due to injuries. Gielen will look to continue his strong form of play and try to score a few more for the low scoring Terps, who have struggled in front of net for a majority of the year, the only game they have scored more than 2x was a 3-1 outing against Coastal in which Gielen scored his first collegiate goal.
91.) Bardia Kimiavi – Northwestern University
Alum of: Loudoun SC & South Lakes HS
Stats: 15 GP, 10 GS (2nd top scorer) 2 Goals
Bardia Kimiavi arrived at Northwestern after a very strong youth career with Loudoun SC and South Lakes HS in which he was a 3 year HS captain, 3 time All-Conference, Region, State and Metropolitan area selection, 2x nominated for VA Gatorade POTY, USYS National Champion/Golden Ball winner and had trialed with Malaga in 2016. After committing to Northwestern over Stanford, Harvard, Georgetown & UVA, Kimiavi had an instant impact, scoring the teams first goal of the year in their 3-0 win over Cleveland State. Kimiavi would go on to start his next 7 games but with Northwestern struggling for results in their last 7 games (0-6-1), Kimiavi has only started twice in those last 7 matchups. With Northwestern sitting at 0-4-2 in conference play, Bardia will look to play a pivotal role in their next 3 matchups against #13 Michigan State, Wisconsin & Concordia-Chicago.
Northwestern with Bardia Starting: 4-3-3
Northwestern without Bardia Starting: 0-4-1