(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Lancers men’s soccer head coach, Steve Vagnini, has announced the commitment of ten talented athletes to his roster for the 2018-19 season.
The Lancers will welcome Ard Dieker, and nine local recruits from Windsor and Essex County, including Jonathan Agapito, Robert Moy, Paul Di Meo, Adam Filipowski, Sehaj Singh Khaira, Luka Tojcic, Heron Elashaal, Max Cooney, and Franceso Barile.
“These athletes are going to make us much more athletic moving forward,” said Vagnini. “The depth and competitiveness of this team just went up.”
Dieker, a native of West Lorne, who was born in the Netherlands, is the only non-local player in this year’s recruiting class. A striker/winger, Dieker played for West Elgin Secondary School and for the FC London Soccer club, and still plays with a true passion for the game.
“Ard has shown tremendous athleticism and field smarts,” commented Vagnini. “We are looking forward to him running our offense in the future.”
Of the nine local recruits, Moy, Di Meo, Tojcic, Cooney, and Barile all come to the Lancers from Windsor TFC, while Agapito, Filipovski, Khaira, and Elashaal join the Blue and Gold from Vardar Windsor.
According to Vagnini, midfielder Agapito is a player that could change the dynamic of Lancers soccer.
As a young athlete, Agapito felt it was important to play for the city that he grew up in and win championships for his hometown. The 5’ 8” Riverside high school student has played with Dieker in London and as a combo. Vagnini feels he hit the jackpot.
Riverside teammate, Tojcic, also caught Vagnini’s eye with his ability to, “turn nothing into something.”
A strong defender, Moy is an athlete that Vagnini can build his future defense around and, in addition to his athletic ability, the St Anne Saint is an honour roll student who aspires to be in the medical field one day.
Born and raised in Windsor, striker Di Meo helped lead the Holy Names Knights to a WECSSA championship and an OFSSA bronze medal.
”He is so good at reading the game and breaking the lines of the opponent,” said Vagnini.
A 5’ 11” defender/midfielder, Filipovski joins the Lancers from Tecumseh Vista Academy and, according to Vaginini, “has the ability to single handedly shut down the opposite teams best player.”
Filipowski’s teammate with both Vardar and Vista, Elashaal is a midfielder that has the size and strength to totally dominate a midfield role both offensively and defensively.
Khaira, another midfielder from Tecumseh Vista, is also an impressive addition for Vagnini.
“His ability on the ball is magical. He has great feet.”
Cooney is a defender/midfielder from Riverside with a soccer talent that Vagnini just had to have on his roster.
Finally, Barile will continue the Lancers tradition and follow sister Giulia, currently a fifth year women’s soccer captain, into the Lancers family. A very smooth player on the field, the midfielder/striker plays for St Anne’s High School in addition to Windsor TFC.
“Every one of these player are an important piece to the puzzle,” said Vagnini. “These kids came together and committed to the Lancers as a whole. The fact that nine of them are local is amazing, because it means that they believe in the school and that they want to be a part of history when the men’s soccer team wins the school’s first soccer title. These men will begin to change the culture of this program.”