WASHINGTON — The American University men's soccer team begins the Zach Samol era on Friday at local foe George Mason.
Entering his first season as head coach of the Eagles, Zach Samol brings 15 years as an assistant/associate coach at Boston College and Georgetown. During his time down the road, Samol helped guide Georgetown into one of the top team in the NCAA with seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament — including the NCAA Championship game in 2012, and the 2014 NCAA Quarterfinals — and three Big East Championships.
New Faces in the Crowd
American will sport a roster featuring nine newcomers —seven freshmen and two transfers — to the roster. Among the newcomers, transfers Kyle Hellmann and Jake Agnew bring experience after previously playing at East Tennesee State and Appalachian State, respectively. Hellmann, from Nashville, scored his first collegiate goal against High Point as a redshirt freshman. Agnew, a keeper from Minnesota, played two seasons with the Mountaineers and posted a 1.07 goals against average.
Senior Tim Neumann and junior Oscar McConnell will serve as team captains for the 2019 season. Neumann, a standout defender is a two-time CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Team member and All-Patriot League Academic Team honoree, and has started in all 56 games as an Eagle. McConnell, who has 32 career starts, scored three goals last season.
Picked seventh in the A10 Preseason Poll, the Patriots finished last season tied for third place and advanced to the A10 Championship. The Patriots added nine newcomers to the team for the 2019 season, including five transfers and four freshmen.
American will host George Washington on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m.