July 11, 2006
Lipscomb University men's soccer coach Charles Morrow's recruiting class for 2006 is one of the most diversified in the brief history of the program with two international players joining teammates from seven states in the 11-man class.
Morrow, who is beginning his second season at the helm of the Bisons, has announced the following new additions:
Miguel DaSilva: Born in Angola, DaSilva has been living in Lauderhill, Fla., where he graduated from the American Heritage School.
DaSilva, 6-foot, 157 pounds, is a three-time All-State, All-Region and All-District selection in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He served as captain of his high school team in 2006. He was named "Offensive" MVP of his high school team in 2004 and 2006.
As a sophomore he scored 21 goals with 11 assists. His junior year he scored 17 goals and was credited with nine assists. As a senior he scored 27 goals and made 15 assists.
American Heritage won the Class 3-A State Championship in 2003, Da Silva's freshman year and in 2005. His Renegades Elite club team won the 2003 Florida State Championship and was a state finalist in 2005. His club team also won the Sun Bowl Championship in 2004.
This past year he played for the Concorde Fire Elite, the Disney Showcase Champions for 2005 and the Georgia State Champions.
DaSilva plans to major in business at Lipscomb. He won the English, Math and Modern Language awards at American Heritage where he was an honor roll student.
"I liked Coach Morrow and totally loved the university," said Da Silva.
Ed Palko: Played for Penn Trafford High School in his hometown of Greensburg, Pa.
Palko, 5-foot-8, 155 pounds, lettered in soccer for four seasons. He served as a team captain and was also an All-Section selection.
His high school team was the sectional champion for four seasons. His club team won the Pennsylvania State Championship in 2006.
Palko plans to major in biology. His parents are Mary and John Palko.
Alexi Achilleos: Lettered as a freshman, sophomore and senior for Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
Achilleos, 5-foot-8, 155 pounds, was an All-District selection as a sophomore. His high school team was a district champion in 2003 and 2004. He played for the Vriginia Rush club team that won U.S. Club Soccer National Championship in 2004.
His mother was born in Greece and his father was born in Cypress. Alexi spent his junior year in Athens, Greece playing at the Olympiakos Youth Soccer Academy for U-21 team. His Olympiakos team reached the finals of an international tournament in Lille, France participating against teams from France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Belarus, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and England. He also has been a participant in the Olympic Development Program on the state team from 2001-2005 and the region team in 2001 and 2005.
In high school Alexi was a member of the National Honor Society. He also was the Foreign Language Student of the Year in 2005 in Greek.
"Lipscomb is in a great location," said Alexi. "I felt like I could best succeed both academically and athletically there."
His parents are Eleni and Christakis Achilleos.
Danny Prichard: Prichard played high school soccer for Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., but his biggest successes were with his club team, FC United 87.
Playing for FC United 87 he helped the team win state championships in 2003 and 2004, the Far West Regional Championship in 2004, a National Finalist berth in 2004, the Disney Showcase in 2004 and the U.S. Club Region 6 title in 2005.
He was also a member of the Washington State Olympic Development Program team from 2002-2005.
In high school he was an all-district pick in 2004 and 2005. He lettered as a sophomore and junior.
Danny plans to major in pre-physical therapy.
His parents are Cheri and Mike Prichard. His brothers both played college soccer with Matt playing for Gonzaga and Rob playing for Pierce College.
Jeremy Reding: Born in Rio De Janiero where his parents were serving as missionaries, Jeremy played his high school soccer at Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas.
Jeremy, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, was team captain all four years and was an all-district selection all four years, including the first team as a sophomore and junior. His team was district champion three of the four years he played.
He won his team's Special Teams Award for free kicks in 2004 and 2005. He was named MVP of the Mustang Winter Classic in 2005.
He was voted All-Rowlett High School by students and faculty in 2003 and 2004. He was nominated as "Most Admired" in 2003 and 2004.
His club team, Solar, was the Disney Tournament champion. He also competed in the Classic League in Dallas, one of the top club leagues in the country.
Jeremy plans to major in business.
His parents are Paul Reding and Debbie and Darrell Burtner.
T.J. Williams: Was a member of the U-20 National Pool for soccer in his home country of Trinidad and Tobago. He participated in the Senior National Team screening session in December 2005.
T.J., 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, lettered in soccer, basketball and track and field at St. Augustine Senior Secondary School in Arovca, Trinidad
In high school he was the team captain in 2003. His high school soccer team won the Conference Championship in 2002. He was also the MVP of his high school basketball team in 2000.
His senior year in high school he scored eight goals and had six assists.
In club soccer T.J. played for the East-West Coaching School. They were the East Conference Champions in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. They were National Runners-up for the Youth Cup in 1999.
T.J., 21, plans to major in business management. He chose Lipscomb for "its excellent community-like environment."
His parents are Carol and Terrance Williams, Sr.
Kezi Lara: Lara is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago U-20 National Team.
Lara, 20, played for Naparima College in San Fernando In high school he was the top midfielder in 2003 in the Secondary School Football League. He was the leading scorer on his high school team with eight goals.
"I decided to attend Lipscomb because I was impressed with their soccer and education programs," said Lara.
Lara, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, was the Most Valuable Player for Naparima College in 2004. He also led the team in goals scored.
He plans to major in business. He is the son of Dolores and Ali Lara.
Fred Jones: An All-State selection from Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Va.
Jones, 6-foot, 175 pounds, played in the Virginia State All-Star Game in 2006. He was an All-Region selection in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was also an All-District team member in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. His high school team won the Group AA State Championship in Virginia in 2005.
Jones served as team captain in 2006. His high school team was the state runner-up in 2003 and State Champion in 2005. His team has won three district tournament championships, three regular season district championships and three regional championships.
He was also an Olympic Development Program selection.
A versatile athlete, Jones also lettered four years in track and field. He won the district high jump in 2004 with a five-foot, 10-inch effort.
In club soccer he played in both the Gothia Cup in Sweden and was a finalist in the Tivoli Cup in Denmark. Jones is an accomplished violinist. He was a member of the Latin Club, serving as vice-president in 2004 and 2005. He was president of the Sci-Fi Club in 2004. He attended Boy's State in Virginia, serving in a variety of offices and winning the talent contest. He played in the orchestra for the Governor's Inaugural Ball in 2002. He was named runner-up Young Man of the Year by the Knights of Columbus in 2002.
His parents are Sonyan and Dennis Jones. His father was a member of the University of Michigan's National Championship football team.
"I chose Lipscomb because I wanted the opportunity to play NCAA Division I soccer," said Jones. "I liked the Christian environment. Since I am a musician I also liked that it was located in Nashville."
Josh Inglebright: Josh's team at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the state championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Josh, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, was honorable mention All-Conference in 2006. He was second team All-District in 2006 and honorable mention All-District and an All-Tournament team selection in 2005. He was team captain in 2006. He lettered in soccer four years.
An honor roll student, Josh plans to major in business management.
"The biggest reason I wanted to come to Lipscomb was the people," said Josh. "Everyone was real nice. Everyone made me feel welcomed."
His parents are Nicala Davis and Dennis Inglebright.
Babak Abouzar: Babak played for Terrell High School and for Richland College.
He was an All-Region NJCAAA D3selection as a defender. In high school he was an All-Region and All-District selection. He lettered in both soccer and basketball in high school.
Babak, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, helped lead his JUCO team to the NJCAA National Championship in 2004 and to the NJCAA Finals in 2005.
Babak was an All-American selected for the U-16 Team USA United Soccer Academy and was a member of a team that played in the Diadora European Tour of the Gothia Cup and Manchester Cup in the summer of 2003.
His mother is a graduate of Lipscomb University. He also has an aunt who is a graduate. His parents are Catherine and Saeed Abouzar. He plans to major in business.
Benj Lance: Benj lettered four years in soccer at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn.
Benj, 5-foot-9, 147 pounds, was the team MVP in 2005. He was also an All-District selection in 2005. He broke the school record for most goals in a season his junior year with 28 in 14 games.
He plans to major in pre-physical therapy. His parents are Belinda and Bob Lance.