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On Campus: Twelve Academy Players Headed to the NCAA Tournament

An update on academy players in college.

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Today the NCAA released the bracket for this year’s soccer tournament, and there are 12 Sporting Kansas City academy players representing nine schools in the tournament. It includes conference winners like West Virginia with three representatives in Ryan Kellogg, Logan Lucas, and Steven Tekesky, Yale with John Leisman, and Denver with Alex Kaddah. Others in the tournament are Kentucky with two players from the academy in Collin Innes and Mason Visconti, Clemson with Grayson Barber, Virginia Tech with Connor Jordan-Hyde, Missouri State with Dawson Lee, Notre Dame with Mohammad Abualnadi, and Wake Forest with Ryan Fessler. The games kick off this Thursday and will continue this weekend. Here’s the rest of this week’s update.

Class of 2015

Bryce Gibson (Creighton) - D - RSr - Season over.

Class of 2016

Ryan Kellogg (West Virginia) - D - Sr - Started West Virginia’s 1-0 win over SIU Edwardsville, 3-2 win over Western Michigan, and 1-0 win over Bowling Green.

John Leisman (Yale) - F - Sr - Came on as a substitute in Yale’s 2-1 win over Princeton.

Logan Lucas (West Virginia) - D - Sr - Started West Virginia’s 1-0 win over SIU Edwardsville, 3-2 win over Western Michigan, and 1-0 win over Bowling Green.

Andrew McLeod (Northwestern) - D - Sr - Season over.

Absalom Solorio (Niagara) - MF - Sr - Season over.

Class of 2017

Christian Albelo (Marquette) - D - RSo - Season over.

Chase Bromstedt (Tulsa) - MF - Jr - Season over.

Joe Corner (Gonzaga) - MF - Jr - Started Gonzaga’s 2-0 win over Pacific.

Leroy Enzugusi (Drake) - F - Jr - Started both Drake’s 2-1 win over Valparaiso and 1-0 loss to Missouri State, scoring a goal in the first game.

Alex Kaddah (Denver) - MF - RSo - Did not play in either of Denver’s games.

Steven Tekesky (West Virginia) - GK - Jr - Started West Virginia’s 1-0 win over SIU Edwardsville, 3-2 win over Western Michigan, and 1-0 win over Bowling Green.

Patrick Wilkinson (Saint Louis) - D/M - Jr - Season over.

Class of 2018

Grayson Barber (Clemson) - F - So - Started both Clemson’s 1-0 win over Pitt and 3-1 loss to Virginia.

Alex Brown (Lipscomb) - GK - RFr - Season over.

Colin Innes (Kentucky) - MF - RFr - Started both Kentucky’s 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic and 1-0 loss to Marshall.

Connor Jordan-Hyde (Virginia Tech) - GK - So - No game this week.

Gabe Kash (Marquette) - D - RFr - Season over.

Roman Knox (North Carolina) - MF - RFr - Season over.

Dawson Lee (Missouri State) - F - So - Started Missouri State’s 1-0 win over Drake. Came on as a substitute in Missouri State’s 1-1 draw with Loyola.

Isaac McGinnis (Penn) - MF - So - Started Penn’s 2-0 win over Harvard.

Reagan Mugume-Rice (Cal Poly) - F - So - Season over.

Mason Visconti (Kentucky) - F - So - Did not play in either of Kentucky’s games.

Alec Wons (Marquette) - GK - RFr - Season over.

Class of 2019

Mohammad Abualnadi (Notre Dame) - D - Fr - No game this week.

Sebastian Cruz (Cal State Fullerton) - M - Fr - Season over.

Ryan Fessler (Wake Forest) - MF - Fr - Did not play in Wake’s 1-0 loss to Virginia.

Dontell Gilyard (UMKC) - D - Fr - Started UMKC’s 3-0 loss to Utah Valley.

Johnny Hansen (Gonzaga) - D - Fr - Started Gonzaga’s 2-0 win over Pacific.

Sean Karani (Temple) - F - Fr - Started Temple’s 5-0 loss to UCF.

Karson Kendall (High Point) - D - Fr - Started both High Point’s 3-2 win over Gardner-Webb and 4-1 loss to Campbell.

Sebastian Kennedy (Barton County) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Massimo Salvoni (Baker) - D - Fr - Started Baker’s 5-2 loss to Central Methodist.