NEWARK, Del. - - As the 2019 Wilmington University men's soccer season approaches its 16th season of NCAA Division II play, head coach Nick Papanicolas would like to introduce 10 more student-athletes that will join the Wildcats this Fall.
Papanicolas has expanded his recruiting scopes this year, reaching six different countries to bring into 10 new student-athletes. Among the 10 that have recently signed, Jamaica, Japan, Mali, Norway, Scotland, and the United States are all represented.
In addition to Arturo Serano signing earlier this year, Papanicolas would like to welcome Jackson Brandwene, Marius Skattum Dahl, Mamadou Diombera, Taiki Kinugawa, Nick Langat, Sterlin McGee, Greg Melvin, Victor Molina, Vegard Pernes, and Omario Rosen to the Wildcat Family.
Jackson Brandwene (at left) joins Wilmington from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, being a four-year varsity goalkeeper at Baldwin High School. He was named to the All-Section Finest 15 and an All-WPIAL net minder as a senior, in addition to a three-time First Team All-Conference performer throughout his high school career. This past fall, he collected a .820 save percentage while stopping six out of 12 penalty kicks in his career. His club team, Century, has been ranked in the top five in the country, and is currently ranked 51st overall.
Marius Skattum Dahl
Marius Skattum Dahl joins Wilmington as a defensive midfielder from Oslo, Norway. He has played for the KFUM Oslo club team his whole life, before beginning to play for the U19 Team that earned a promotion to Interkrets B in 2017. He attended Lambertseter Videregaende Skole for high school, helping his team win the High School Soccer Cup in 2019. He helped lead the KFUM Oslo team to a second place finish in the Interkrets B Division in 2018, a silver medal in the Obos-Tournament in 2018 while earning the Man of the Match award in the final.
Mamadou Diombera joins Wilmington after two First Team All-Region seasons for the Monroe College Express. He led the Express with 34 points in 2018, scoring 14 goals while adding six assists. He also led the team as a freshman, scoring 12 goals and adding three assists for a team high 27 points in 2017. He played two seasons at Liberty High School in New York, New York, and originally hails from Mali in West Africa.
Taiki Kinugawa joins Wilmington after a two-year career at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. The midfielder helped lead the team to the NJCAA National Tournament last fall, going 1-0-1 in Pool D. In 37 career games at Marshalltown, Kinugawa scored five goals to go with eight assists for 18 points. He is from Kyoto, Japan, where his Kumiyama High School team won the Prefecture League and Tournament Championships, and made the National Tournament.
Nick Langat joins Wilmington after two seasons as a Mountaineer at Southern Vermont College as a center midfielder. This past fall, he led the team with four goals and an assist for nine points. He finished second on the team with 10 points (four goals and two assists) as a freshman. He attended Wheaton High School and is from Silver Spring, Maryland. He also played two seasons for the Potomac U23 squad.
Sterling Marquis McGee
Sterling McGee joins Wilmington after two seasons as a forward at Bryant & Stratton in Syracuse, New York. He helped lead the team to the USCAA Men's Division 1 National Championship Match in both seasons. He scored five goals as a freshman for 10 points. McGee is from Suffolk, Virginia where he played for Nansemond River High School. He was a four-year varsity player, being inducted into the High School Hall of Fame for the most goals ever scored. HE was an All-State, All-Region, and All-Conference player, earning the Athlete of the Year award in 2017. He also played for the Beach FC Red, finishing runner-up at the VA State Beach Cup.
Greg Melvin joins Wilmington after two seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan as a midfielder. In two seasons, he started 32 games and recorded two assists. Melvin is from Glasgow, Scotland, playing club ball for the Motherwell FC Academy. He's helped lead his team to multiple East Dunbartonshire League and Cup titles, as well as multiple Glasgow League and Cup winners, among a number of tournament championships. He was the top goal scorer for six years, as well as the team captain in 2016-17. He was also nominated for the KWC Newcomer of the Year in 2017-18.
Victor Molina remains in the First State after completing his high school career at Newark High School. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the DIAA State Tournament during his junior season, and played for the Kirkwood Soccer Club.
Vegard Pernes joins Wilmington as a midfielder from Oslo, Norway. He has played for the KFUM Oslo club team his whole life, before beginning to play for the U19 Team in 2017. He scored 10 goals and added eight assists in his first season for the U19 Team. Helped lead the team a semifinalist performance in the Norway Cup in 2018 and helped his team win the unofficial national tournament in 2011, playing up two years. He also scored one goal in Division 3 for KFUM Senior Second Team.
Omario Rosen joins Wilmington as a defender from Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He played two seasons at Berkeley College in New York, helping the team to the USCAA Division 2 National Championship Tournament last year, going 12-6-1 overall. He was the third leading point getting on the team last season, scoring nine goals for 18 points. As a senior at Canarsie High School, Rosen scored 16 goals with 17 assists as a defensive midfielder. He also played for the Rosedale Soccer Club, winning multiple tournament championships, as well as for the New York Stars team that played in the 2018 Viareggio U20 Cup in Italy.