ROCHESTER, Mich. – Elliott Bentley has been added to the Oakland men’s soccer team announced head coach Eric Pogue. Bentley comes to the Golden Grizzlies after spending two seasons at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.
“Elliott is a fantastic addition for us at mid-year who has high level NCAA Division I experience at Hartwick College,” said Pogue. “He has 33 starts over his first two seasons garnering Sun Belt First Team All-Conference honors, so we fully expect him to step in immediately and impact our team and the Horizon League at left back. Elliott has also spent his summers playing at a high level in the Professional Development League (PDL) and National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) with the Midland Odessa Sockers, which is considered one of the top summer teams in the nation year in and year out over last two summers, so we anticipate big things from Elliott.”
ELLIOTT BENTLEY – D
Hartwick College/Tresham/Midland Odessa Sockers
▪ Played in 15 games with 14 starts at left back during sophomore campaign in 2017 helping Hartwick to four shutouts and 1.23 goals against average of 1.23
▪ Made 18 starts with two assists earning Sun Belt First-Team All-Conference honors as a freshman in 2016
▪ Assisted on game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Coastal Carolina (10/8) to earn TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week honors on October 11
▪ Had assist in 4-0 win over Robert Morris (9/4)
▪ Scored game-winning penalty kick goal for Midland Odessa Sockers in NPSL Summer League semifinals
Why Bentley chose Oakland: “The level of soccer is very high at Oakland which is why I chose to come. I want to be in the best environment which helps me improve the most and that means being surrounded by good players. I hope that I can come in and contribute to the team’s success. Academically, Oakland has a good exercise science program which is my desired field of study to pursue my undergraduate degree."