MORAGA, Calif. – Head coach Adam Cooper announced the addition of five incoming student-athletes to the Saint Mary’s College men’s soccer program this fall.
The five-player class includes Dakota Armour (Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Dingle (Alpine, Calif.), Nicolas Gamp (Weilheim, Germany), Max Mirner (Lafayette, Calif.) and Severin Porschen (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany).
The incoming class includes a trio of California natives who are playing with U.S. Soccer Development Academy programs and two international prospects from Germany.
“I think this class addresses our biggest needs, primarily on the offensive end of the field,” said Cooper. “These five players provide our team with diversity of experience, background and productivity, particularly in the final third. It is a good class that should fit in well with our returners."
Of the three native California newcomers, Armour is a 5-9 midfielder from Sacramento, Calif. who is currently serving as a captain for San Juan Academy and has scored five goals so far this season. Dingle, also a 5-9 midfielder, is an Alpine, Calif. native who serves as team captain for Nomads Academy in La Jolla, Calif. And, Mirner, from nearby Lafayette, Calif., competes for the San Jose Earthquakes Academy and has two goals and 17 starts in 18 appearances this year.
“All three of our incoming freshmen from California play at a high level for Development Academy teams,” said Cooper. “They each bring something a little different into our program. Dakota is an attacking midfielder with an incredible engine. Michael is a left-footed player who can play multiple positions and he is the captain of his Academy team for reason, he is a leader. Max can play almost anywhere on the field, has good size and has been impressive in how well he has developed over the past few years.”
Cooper also welcomes a pair of German student-athletes this fall. Gamp is a 6-0 forward from Weilheim who attended secondary school at Klettgau-Gymnasium in Waldshut-Tiengen, a city in Southwestern Germany near the Swiss border. He plays club soccer for FSV Rot-Weiss Stegen. Porschen is a 6-1 forward from Bergisch Gladbach, a town located near Cologne, Germany. He plays club soccer for SV Bergisch Gladback ’09.
“I’m excited to add Nicolas and Severin, a pair of talented German players that will add international experience and toughness to our program,” said Cooper. “They are both good, attacking, dynamic players who are successful on very good youth teams.”
Saint Mary’s loses just two seniors and one starter, forward Justin Howard, from its team that finished among the top four in the West Coast Conference standings for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Last year’s team featured mostly freshmen and sophomores with just two seniors and four juniors on its roster.
Four Saint Mary’s student-athletes earned all-WCC recognition in 2013, including veteran rising senior defender Bobby Conner – a first-team all-league selection. The Gaels went 7-9-4 overall and finished in fourth place in the league with a 5-5-2 mark. SMC played a school-record 11 overtime matches and seven of the team’s nine losses were determined by just one goal.
|Dakota Armour||Michael Dingle||Nicolas Gamp|
|Max Mirner||Severin Porschen|