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2018 Top College Prospects: Edition Four

10/02/2018, 1:57pm EDT
By PDL Staff

Creighton's Kruse, Virginia's Figbe among players moving into top 50

TAMPA, Fla. - Six players enter the fourth edition of the Premier Development League’s Top College Prospects list, joining an already-impressive group of high-quality players from across the elite college soccer landscape.

Among the new additions this week is California striker Shinya Kadono -- whose 10 goals this season have the senior tied for third in the NCAA Division I goal-scoring ranks. Kadono represented San Francisco Glens SC during the 2018 PDL season. After scoring eight goals during his first three years at California, Kadono is on pace to double that total this campaign for the Golden Bears.

Purdue Fort Wayne goalscorer Matthew Lieshout and Creighton goalkeeper Paul Kruse also make their way into the fourth edition of the Top College Prospects list after boasting stellar seasons, respectively. Lieshout leads Purdue Fort Wayne in goals this season, having recorded nine in 10 matches for the Mastadons. Meanwhile, Kruse -- who starred in the PDL at Lane United FC in 2018 -- has allowed just three goals in Creighton's opening nine matches and boasts six shutouts during the team's 7-1-1 start.

Two more forwards check into this week's edition of the Top College Prospects, while a defender continues to make waves in the ACC. North Carolina forward Giovanni Montesdeoca and Kentucky goalscorer Jerome Williams have each played key roles for their schools in 2018, with the Tar Heels and Wildcats both ranked in the latest NCAA United Soccer Coaches poll. On the defensive side, Virginia's Prosper Figbe continues to shine for the Cavaliers, who have allowed just one goal during their 5-0-2 unbeaten start. Figbe suited up for Black Rock FC during the 2018 PDL season, making nine appearances for the Northeast Division champions.

The Top College Prospects list features the top 50 college-based players who have previously competed in the 2018 PDL campaign. The list will evolve during the fall season, with bi-weekly updates allowing players to gain recognition based on their collegiate play.

GOALKEEPERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Luis Barraza Big East
Ryan Cretens CAA
Jimmy Hague Big Ten
Paul Kruse Big East
James Pyle ACC
Dayne St. Clair Big Ten

DEFENDERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Rich Bryan Peach Belt (DII)
Alex Comsia ACC
Lamine Conte ACC
Prosper Figbe ACC
Mathieu Laurent C-USA
Kamal Miller ACC
Callum Montgomery C-USA
Sam Raben ACC
Jordan Skelton Peach Belt (DII)
Grant Stoneman MVC
Gabriel Torres ECC (DII)

MIDFIELDERS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Deri Corfe Horizon League
Jackson Dietrich Horizon League
Brad Dunwell ACC
Omir Fernandez ACC
Siad Haji A-10
Bruno Lapa ACC
Janos Loebe A-10
Marco Micaletto MAC
Aaron Molloy Big Ten
Matteo Polisi GNAC (DII)
Luka Prpa Big East
Theo Quartey Big East
Michael Rowe Peach Belt Conference (DII)
Ryan Sierakowski Big Ten
Juan David Tejada Londono Sunshine State (DII)

FORWARDS

Name

College

Conference

PDL Team

Ifunanyachi Achara Big East
Killian Colombie MAAC
Griffin Dorsey Big Ten
Karl Simon Enstrom Image result for pittsburgh athletics logo ACC
Brandon Guhl Big East
DeJuan Jones Big Ten
Shinya Kadono Pac 12
Matthew Lieshout Summit
Benji Michel WCC
Giovanni Montesdeoca ACC
Santiago Patino C-USA
Tate Robertson MAC
Kinoshita Ryosuke ACC
Brian Saramago Patriot League
Tate Schmitt ACC
Andre Shinyashiki Summit League
Marek Weber NE-10 (DII)
Jerome Williams SEC

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