(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints men’s soccer program has announced the signing of six top local recruits for the 2017-18 season. Joining the program are Michael Roncone, Braeden Vaile, Hassan Zaitoun, Sergei Ouditt, Christopher Spadafora, and Joshua Hunter.
Roncone, a native of Windsor, just finished his high school diploma from St Joseph where he won an OFSAA Championship in 2015. He also helped lead his team to the WECSAA finals in 2016 and 2017. Roncone, a 6’ 1” centre midfielder, also plays for the Windsor FC Nationals.
“I am looking forward to attending St. Clair to further my education and playing soccer,” said Roncone. “I am eager to learn and enhance my skills and play at another level of soccer and I want to add more success to the men’s soccer team. St. Clair is going to provide for me both my educational experience and the opportunity to play soccer.”
Vaile, also of Windsor, is from WC Kennedy Collegiate where he was an OFSAA Medalist in 2015. This past year he was the team captain and MVP at Kennedy and earned 1st Team All-City selection. A 5’ 10” midfielder, also plays for Vardar Windsor where he is the team captain.
“St Clair College is a progressive school with a great reputation,” he said. “I know it has a very good soccer program and an already established reputation in college soccer throughout Canada.”
Zaitoun, again from Windsor, will be joining the Saints from Riverside Secondary School. While at Riverside his team qualified for OFSAA three times and he earned team MVP and all city MVP two years in a row in 2016 and 2017. A 5’ 5” midfielder and striker, he also plays club for Vardar Windsor and played for the Windsor Serbs. While there Zaitoun was the league’s top scorer and MVP while leading the team to a league and playoff championship.
“I chose St Clair College because there aren’t any other schools that have such a great academic program that I am going into,” said Zaitoun. “Also, I want to stay in Windsor to help my city win some championships and grow the St Clair soccer program.”
Ouditt, a Windsor native, is joining the Saints from Holy Names High School where he just won an OFSAA Bronze Medal. He is also a member of the Vardar Windsor club team. Ouditt, who plays both wing and back, is 5’ 9”.
“The biomedical engineering technology program offered at St Clair is a great opportunity for a career that I believe will provide job opportunities in the future as the world and the medical field become more automated,” he said. “Playing for the Saints soccer team will be an honour as it would be the next step in a sport that I love and have played for my entire life.”
Spadafora, who hails from LaSalle, will be joining the Saints from St Thomas of Villanova Secondary where he was the team MVP and was an All Star this past season. A 6’ 0’ striker, Spadafora has also played club soccer for Vardar Windsor where he was named the 2017 Team MVP.
“I am interested in a career in law enforcement and St. Clair’s program is a perfect fit. Having the opportunity to play with some of my former Vardar Windsor teammates as well as some of my former opponents makes the opportunity to play on the Saints team something I look forward to for the next few years,” he said.
Hunter is a native of Woodslee and will be joining St Clair from the Marantha Christian Academy. He recently won the OFSAA Colin Hood Award, which recognizes academic and athletic excellence, and plays club soccer for the Macedonia team. Hunter, who is 6’ 2” plays both left back and defense.
“St Clair provides an opportunity for the program that fits right into my career path and a chance to play for a varsity soccer team,” said Hunter. “My Robotics program will have me programming industrial robots and computer and repairing robots. For three years I have watched my brother play (Mitchell Hunter) on the St Clair varsity soccer team and I have enjoyed experiencing the soccer environment, getting to know the coaching staff along the way.”
St Clair head coach Mike Baraslievski is looking forward to adding the six players to the program this fall.
“We are extremely excited about the upcoming season at St Clair,” said the coach. “I believe we have recruited some of the best high school players in Windsor/Essex County. Even though we have graduated a huge portion of our roster we are confident we have a very talented and high character group of young men stepping in to continue the success of our program. The future definitely looks very bright not only for the players but the entire men’s soccer program at St Clair College.”
|St Clair finished the 2016 regular season with a record of 7-1-2 in the OCAA West Division, ending up in 1st place. St Clair took part in the OCAA championship, ending the tournament by losing in the consolation final.
The indoor team had a very strong season by finishing with a record of 9-5-2 and winning the OCAA Silver Medal for the second consecutive year.
The Saints will open their OCAA regular outdoor season on September 9 at 4:00pm at the St Clair Main Campus Field against the Redeemer Royals.