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NCAA Jun 18, 2024

William & Mary men’s soccer program signs 5 recruits from VA, DC and abroad

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — William & Mary men’s soccer coach, Chris Norris, announced the addition of five incoming freshmen to the W&M roster. Norris heads into his 21st season as the Tribe’s bench boss in 2024.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of these five young men,” Norris said. “They bring a wealth of ability, character and experiences that will add to our culture. ”

Tre Barrett
Forward | Hampton, Va. | Kecoughtan

A local product from nearby Hampton, Va. and Kecoughtan High School, Tre Barrett joins the Tribe as the lone forward in the 2024 incoming class. Barrett was a first team all-state selection in 2023, while also being named the All-Peninsula District Player of the Year a year ago. He won two state championships over his club career with Virginia Legacy, while also winning an ECRL title with Virginia Reign and an ENCL title with Beach FC.

Norris on Barrett: “Tre is finishing his youth career with Beach FC ECNL after spending most of it locally with VA Reign FC. He is also having a strong summer with USL League Two contender Lionsbridge FC. Tre is a modern-day wing forward. He is excellent in the attacking third, consistently contributing to dangerous situations. Tre has a history of scoring goals in key moments. We expect Tre to compete to play right away.”

Noah Hiort-Wright
Defender | Glen Allen, Va. | Deep Run

A national champion at the ECNL U-17 level with Richmond United, Noah Hiort-Wright makes the 45-minute trip from Glen Allen, Va. to join the Tribe’s backline in 2024. Hiort-Wright also made a Mic Cup Quarterfinals appearance with Richmond United and most recently signed an academy contract with the Richmond Kickers of the USL1. His father Mervyn also has a history in CAA soccer, earning All-CAA second team honors with VCU in 1996 and also made multiple caps for the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

Norris on Hiort-Wright: “Noah won the 2023 U-17 national championship with Richmond United ECNL. He currently competes for USL League One team Richmond Kickers as well as their U-20 USL Academy team. Noah is a prototypical center back. He possesses the size and athleticism to deal with top attacking players. Noah is also technically sound and comfortable in possession. He will help us improve our first build phase. Noah joins a young group of central defenders and has a chance to have an immediate impact.”

Victor Kjaer
Defender | Washington, D.C. | Oregard Gymnasium

Another defender in Norris’ incoming class for 2024, Victor Kjaer joins the Tribe from Washington, D.C. Kajer spent time in his youth in both the United States and Denmark, having played with DC Stoddert, Bethesda SC and Achilles FC while in the U.S. While in Denmark the 6-foot-2 defender played for Boldklubben and Lyngby Boldklub. His father Jorgen played professional soccer in the Danish 2nd Division.

Norris on Kjaer: “Victor spent his formative years with Lyngby Boldklub’s youth academy in Denmark. We first met Victor at our summer ID camp, where he impressed us with his play as a center back. Victor is a very complete defender. He is strong, patient and good in the air defensively. He is also calm in possession and has a good passing range. Victor will have an opportunity to compete for minutes in the back.”

Thor Sigurjonsson
Midfielder | Reyoarfjorour, Iceland | Flensborg

The lone midfielder in the 2024 incoming class, Thor Sigurjonsson joins the Tribe from Iceland. The 6-foot native of Reyoarfiorour played club soccer for Austurland before joining FH/IH in 2021. Most recently he spent time on loan from FH to KFA after being named the most promising player on the FH U-19 squad in 2023. Sigurjonsson also earned an invite to training camp for Iceland’s U-15 national team previously.

Norris on Sigurjonsson: “Thor currently plays for KFA in Iceland. Thor is a dynamic, versatile player. He is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, as a winger, and as an outside back.  Thor impacts games in a variety of ways. He is capable of scoring and creating goals. He is also a tenacious and tireless defensive presence. We expect Thor to have an immediate positive impact.”

Karan Sobti
Goalkeeper | Singapore | United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

Rounding out the Tribe’s 2024 incoming class is goalkeeper Karan Sobti from Singapore. The 5-foot-11 backstop played for the Dover Phoenix of UWCSEA and won the team’s outstanding commitment and performance award as a freshman. Sobti also played for the Singapore U-16 through U-19 national teams form 2019-22 serving as the captain. He made his Singapore Premier League professional debut with Tanjong Pagar United FC on loan in 2022 and signed a Singapore Premier League contract with Young Lions FC in 2020 on amateur status.

Norris on Sobti: “Karan currently plays for Lion City Sailors FC in the Singapore Premier League. Karan is a very polished goalkeeper. He is quick and dynamic. Karan possesses strong leadership skills and is an active organizer. He also has excellent feet, enabling him to play a vital part in buildup play. Karan brings a different profile to an already strong goalkeeping corp. We are excited to see how he adapts.”

The Tribe begins their season Aug. 28 at Binghamton, with the home opener falling on Sept. 4 against Longwood. Tickets for W&M soccer will go on sale in July.

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