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Local Soccer Notebook 9/2/17

Philadelphia Union Academy alums debut in college; local trio on USL Team of the Week

Evan Godfrey
Matt Ralph

Dave Zeitlin wrote about Jordan Morris’ mentorship to Penn men’s soccer coach Rudy Fuller’s son Liam, who like Morris has type 1 diabetes.

Bob Kulinski was named the new head coach for the boys soccer team at Gloucester Catholic.

A trio of locals made the USL Team of the Week, including former Union Academy midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin (Malvern, Pa.), Jimmy Ockford (Yardley, Pa.) and Greg Cochrane (Holland, Pa.)

D.C. United newcomer Russell Canouse (Lancaster, Pa.) made the MLS Team of the Week.

Eleven South Jersey high school boys soccer players are mentioned in’s list of players to watch this season.

Philadelphia Union Academy alumnus Evan Godfrey (Millville, N.J.) scored a goal in his college soccer debut for Liberty last Friday.

Kyle Tucker (Phoenixville, Pa.) verbally committed to play college soccer at Drexel University next fall.

Friends Central’s girls soccer team had a chance to visit first team training and chat with head coach Jim Curtin this week.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the College Cup on December 8 and 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester.

Philadelphia Union Academy alumnus Josue Monge (Philadelphia, Pa.) made his college soccer debut on Monday night for South Florida in a 3-0 win over Lipscomb.

Lower Dauphin High School standout Jackson Becher (Hummelstown, Pa.) has verbally committed to play college soccer next fall at UMBC.

Penn Fusion forward Graham Pugh (Phoenixville, Pa.) verbally committed to play college soccer at Colby College next fall.

Spencer Burkhardt (Palmyra, Pa.) scored on a lovely header for Seton Hall.

Freshman Kevin Smolyn (Holland, Pa.) had an assist in his college debut last week and ended up earning Northeast Conference rookie of the week honors.

Saint Joseph’s swept the first week of the Philly Soccer Six awards with Matt Crawford (Bensalem, Pa.) earning Player of the Week, Alan Kahlenbeck Rookie of the Week and Trevor Nicol Defensive player of the week.

Junior forward Mark Forrest (Douglassville, Pa.) scored a hat trick in a 3-2 win for Lehigh over Rider last Friday.

Andrew Verdi (Ivyland, Pa.) recorded his first clean sheet in his first college game for Michigan last Friday, a 1-0 win over William & Mary.

Sam Brown (Media, Pa.) received rookie of the week honors in the Patriot League after scoring a goal in his college debut for Loyola Maryland at La Salle last Friday night.

Union Academy alumnus Justin McMaster (Kingston, Jamaica) started of his college career on a good note with an assist in each of the team’s first two games.

Former Bethlehem Steel FC teammate Mark McKenzie (Bear, Del.) came off the bench in each of the Demon Deacons’ first two matches.

Penn Fusion and Salesianum School defender Brendan Hanrahan (Wilmington, Del.) has joined the Philadelphia Union Academy for his final season before graduating from high school in 2018. He plans to join the University of Pennsylvania’s team next fall.

Chad Poarch (Middletown, Del.) scored his first goal in a Blue Hens uniform in a 2-0 win or Delaware over Bryant on Monday. He had a goal and three assists in his first season in college last year at High Point.