MEN'S SOCCER ADDS FOUR NEWCOMERS
Jan. 21, 2016

ROCHESTER, Mich. - Connor Ballantyne, Alex Meny, Alex Ofeimu and Nash Popovic have been added to the Oakland men's soccer team, announced head coach Eric Pogue.

 Oakland Men's Soccer 2016 Newcomers

Name

Class

Position

Hometown

High School/Club Team/College

#39 Connor Ballantyne

So.

Defender

Shelby Township, Mich.

Warren De La Salle/Vardar Academy/Dayton

#26 Alex Meny

Fr.

Goalkeeper

Phillipsburg, NJ

Phillipsburg/FA Euro

#44 Alex Ofeimu

Fr.

Defender

Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

West Bloomfield/

Vardar Academy/Chicago Fire Academy

#11 Nash Popovic

Fr.

Forward

Rochester Hills, Mich.

Rochester/Vardar Academy/St. Louis


CONNOR BALLANTYNE - D
Sophomore
Shelby Township, Mich.
Warren De La Salle/Vardar Academy/Dayton

Highlights
Named First Team All-Catholic League and First Team All-District in 2011
Named Top Drawer Soccer four-star recruit
Played for U-14 Boys National Team ID Camp

Associate Head Coach Stephen Gorton on Ballantyne: "Connor is a hard-nosed honest defender who's work ethic and intelligence is something that we are excited to have in the back line. He was a proven center back at the Vardar Academy for years and we are looking forward for him to be back in his home town and playing for the Black and Gold."


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ALEX MENY - GK
Freshman
Phillipsburg, NJ
Phillipsburg/FA Euro

Highlights
2014/15 New Jersey All State selection
Ranked in the top-10 goal keepers in New Jersey
Holds most career shutouts in high school
Had a trial at West Ham United while playing with FA Euro.

Coach Gorton on Meny "Alex is going to add great depth and strength to the goal keeping position for us in 2016. He comes from a good soccer pedigree with his brother playing for Jacksonville University. Alex will have the potential to push for playing time heading into the fall season."


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ALEX OFEIMU - D
Freshman
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
West Bloomfield/Vardar Academy/Chicago Fire Academy

Highlights
Rated as the 85th overall recruit in the country by collegesoccernews.com
Enrolling early during spring season before entering 2016 fall season
 
Coach Gorton on Ofeimu: "Alex is great addition to the back line. Graduating a semester early from High School Alex is a very athletic and tenacious Center Back standing 6'4.  Alex was another one of the top recruits in the country and we are really looking forward to seeing how much he can grow into one of the best Center Backs in College Soccer."


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NASH POPOVIC - F
Freshman
Rochester Hills, Mich.
Rochester/Vardar Academy/St. Louis

Highlights
Rated ninth-best forward and 46th overall recruit in the country by collegesoccernews.com
Fourth in the country in scoring during the 2013-14 U-16 Academy season, recording 22 goals in 25
games for Vardar SC
Had call-ups to the U-18 and U-20 U.S. Soccer National Team

Coach Gorton on Popovic: "As one of the top recruits in the country, Nash is a very talented attacking player who was the leading goal scorers in the US Soccer Academy. He has a knack for scoring goals and putting himself and teammates in good positions. We are very excited to see Nash in the #11 jersey at Oakland and look forward to the community and fans seeing him scoring goals for the Golden Grizzlies."


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