MORAGA, Calif. – Head coach Adam Cooper announced the signing of talented midfielder Antonio Lokossou to a National Letter of Intent.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Lokossou is a 2014 graduate of Moon Valley High School and joins five previously announced signings as the Gaels’ incoming freshman class when the team reports to campus on August 12.
In March, Cooper announced the signing of Dakota Armour (Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Dingle (Alpine, Calif.), Nicolas Gamp (Weilheim, Germany), Max Mirner (Lafayette, Calif.) and Severin Porschen (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) as the team’s incoming class.
“I am excited to add Antonio to this year’s incoming class of freshmen,” said Cooper. “He is a very intelligent, humble and charismatic young man who immediately made a strong connection with the College and fit in perfectly with our program. Antonio is a big, strong attacking player who has the ability to play multiple positions. We are very excited to add his talents to our roster.”
Lokossou earned first team all-state honors by azcentral sports and was an all-Arizona team selection by the Arizona Replublic and AZKicksit. He scored 17 goals and distributed 12 assists during his senior high school season. Lokossou also earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and scored a total of 52 goals with 17 assists in his four high school seasons.
The 6’-0” midfielder played club soccer for Cisco Phoenix FC and helped lead U17 team to the Region IV Far West Championships quarterfinals last summer. In March, he participated in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup for FC Golden State
Saint Mary’s loses just two seniors and one starter 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.