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Men's Recruiting May 29, 2020

Princeton University men’s soccer team signs 7 newcomers

Head coach Jim Barlow has announced the addition of seven student-athletes to his club as members of the Princeton University men’s soccer class of 2024.

Hailing from six different states and encompassing all areas of the field, the group joins a Tigers squad two years removed from an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

“I am thrilled to welcome these seven young men to our program,” said Barlow. “They are an accomplished group, not only in terms of their soccer achievements but also with regard to their academic pursuits. Associate head coach Steve Totten continues to identify talented athletes who are the right fit for who we are as a program, and we are excited that these players have chosen Princeton as the proper place to develop as students and athletes.”

As a class, Princeton’s newcomers have been ranked No. 26 in the country by in its latest Recruiting Rankings.

Francis Recruit

Francis Akomeah-Sirleaf
Defender | Real Colorado DA
6-0 | 160 pounds
Aurora, Colo.

Before Princeton: Starting right back on Real Colorado’s U17 USSDA quarterfinalist squad in 2019 … key cog in Real Colorado U19 defense which conceded just three goals over eight league matches … Played every minute of that playoff run… US Soccer Training Center invitee … 2015-16 Colorado ODP travel team member … Attended Colorado Academy.

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Whit Gamblin
Defender | North Carolina Fusion Academy
6-1 | 180 pounds
Burlington, N.C.

Before Princeton: Played for NC Fusion from 2016-20 … Started 95 games on defense for NC Fusion … Pushed forward for five goals in Development Academy play … Named to 2017 Development Academy Winter Showcase Best XI by TopDrawerSoccer … Selected to 2016 North Carolina ODP team … Attended Walter M. Williams High School.

Hadaway Recruit

Khamari Hadaway
Goalkeeper | Black Rock FC
6-1 | 185 pounds
Alexandria, Va.

Before Princeton: Three-time All-American … Ranked No. 172 overall in TopDrawerSoccer’s IMG Academy rankings … Named United Soccer Coaches Massachusetts Player of the Year … 2019 first-team All-New England … Two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic MVP … Named to 2019 All-American Game Best XI by TopDrawerSoccer … Registered a .333 GAA … Captained team to semifinals berth in senior season … Attended Northfield Mount Hermon.

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Logan Oyama
Midfielder/Forward | Washington Premier FC
5-10 | 165 pounds
Puyallup, Wash.

Before Princeton: 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-American … Named 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington … 2019 Washington State Soccer All-State Player of the Year … Played on 4A state championship team, scoring the game-winning goal … Attended Puyallup High School … Finished fourth at 2018 USYS National Championships with Washington Premier FC … Named to 2018 USYS National Championships Best XI … Member of 2020 Washington state championship team with Washington Premier FC … 2018 and 2019 Group Winners at National League … Also lettered four times in tennis at Puyallup High School.

Pinto Recruit

Malik Pinto
Midfielder | NC Fusion Academy
5-11 | 185 pounds
Durham, N.C.

Before Princeton: Ranked No. 199 overall in TopDrawerSoccer’s IMG Academy rankings … Played with N.C. Fusion Academy for five seasons … Twice led team in scoring … Finished in Top-10 in scoring in Eastern Conference in 2018-19 while playing midfield … Three-time TopDrawerSoccer Development Academy Standout selection … Father, Hassan, played soccer at North Carolina … Mother, Meleata, played softball at North Carolina … Older sister, Brianna, plays soccer at North Carolina and has played on the U17, U19 and Senior National Teams … Older brother, Hassan, played soccer at Elon … Attended C.E. Jordan High School.

Roberts Recruit

Harry Roberts
Forward | Boston Bolts
5-11 | 155 pounds
Wellesley, Mass.

Before Princeton: 2019 AllState All-American … 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-New England selection … 2019 Independent School League MVP … Named 2019 All-NEPSAC … Boston Globe All-Scholastic … Two-time All-State selection … Three-time first-team All-Independent School League … Graduated with 60 goals and 21 assists … Two-time team captain … Attended Noble & Greenough School … Ranked No. 12 on New England Soccer Journal’s Top Players in Class of 2020 … Scored 10 goals in 19 starts for Boston Bolts … Old brother, Jack, is a senior on the Princeton men’s soccer team.

Wangsness Recruit

James Wangsness
Midfielder | De Anza Force
6-0 | 165 pounds
San Jose, Calif.

Before Princeton: Ranked No. 120 overall in TopDrawerSoccer’s IMG Academy rankings … Scored 17 goals and added 15 assists for De Anza Force U16/17 team which advanced to Development Academy semifinals after an undefeated regular season … Invited to train with Barcelona and Cordoba FC in Spain with select De Anza Force players … Attended Los Altos High School.

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