Men's Soccer adds three players to 2016 class
Monday, May 16, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Men's Soccer adds three players to 2016 class
L to R: Luke Wilson (GK), Daniel Muhlbauer (D/MF), Ivan Sakou (F)

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Head coach Charles Morrow has announced the addition of three players to the Lipscomb men’s soccer incoming class for the 2016 season.

The Bisons will add Daniel Mühlbauer, Ivan Sakou and Luke Wilson to the team in addition to the eight signees announced in February.

 

Daniel Mühlbauer | 6-3 | 180 | Defender/Midfielder |Vaihingen an der Enz, Germany | Friedrich-Abel-Gymnasium

  • All-Star member of Baden for U15, U16 & U17.
  • Was a U18 All-Star Cup selection.
  • Led his team to a 2012 Oberliga League Championship.
  • 2013 German Champions and 2015 2nd German Champions
  • Plans to major in International Business & Sport Management.
  • Favorite TV show is Prison Break.
  • Favorite professional athlete is Holger Badstuber.
  • Made 11 appearances with the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim U17 in the B-Junior Bundesliga South/Southwest in the 2014-15 season.

“Daniel is a versatile player from Germany who has played very well over there,” Morrow said. “We will look for him to play somewhere across the back line or a holding midfielder role. He brings a lot of experience with him in terms of his youth career.

“We look forward to getting him in and seeing how he makes the transition into college soccer. We feel he will be a big impact.”

 

Ivan Sakou | 5-11 | 167 | Forward | Nlongkak, Yaoundé, Cameroon | VCU | Fredericksburg FC

  • Member of Cameroon’s U17 & U21 National Teams
  • Transferred from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • 2015 Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Starting XI.
  • Helped lead VCU to a second-place finish in the A-10 Championship in 2015.
  • All-Region IX Player of the Year at Western Nebraska Community College in 2014 while leading the team to 10 wins, the second most in school history.
  • Led the Cougars with 16 goals in 16 games, becoming the school’s all-time single-season goals leader.
  • With 39 points (16 goals & 7 assists) he scored the most points in a single-season at WNCC in 2014.
  • Became the first men’s soccer player from WNCC to sign with a Division I team.
  • 2015 NPSL Northeast Region semifinalist with Fredericksburg FC.
  • Top scorer for Fredericksburg FC in 2015 with 7 goals and 1 assist in 12 matches.
  • Plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory.
  • Favorite professional sports team is Arsenal.
  • Has a hidden talent of dancing.

“Ivan is a transfer from VCU,” Morrow said. “He is a guy who can play an attacking role for us. Ivan is very good with his feet and will add another dimension to how we can play in terms of stretching defenses because of his pace.

“We are really excited about the addition of Ivan and we feel that not only will he strengthen our attacking group, but will also provide a different look than what we have had in the last couple of years.”

 

Luke Wilson | 6-6 | 215 | Goalkeeper | Columbia, Tennessee | Columbia Central HS | Tennessee Soccer Club

  • U18 Tennessee State Champion.
  • Played in the U18 National League in 2015-16 and the U15 National League in 2012.
  • Helped lead the Lions to an 8AAA District Championship in 2012, 2013 & 2015.
  • Three-time All-District selection 2013-15.
  • Named 8AAA Goalkeeper of the Year as a sophomore and a junior.
  • Picked up four letters in soccer and one in basketball.
  • Led his team to a Region III PLC Championship in 2013.
  • 2013 & 2014 Tennessee State Cup Finalist.
  • 2014 & 2015 Region III Premier League Finalist.
  • Won the Oakes Trophy for the Male Athlete of the Year at CCHS.
  • Plans to major in Business.
  • Chose Lipscomb over UAB, Evansville, Wheaton College and Appalachian State.
  • His sister, Lauren, played soccer for the UT-Chattanooga.
  • Favorite Movie is Star Wars.
  • Favorite professional athlete is Tim Howard.

“Luke is a local area goalkeeper who we know as he has attended camps here so we have been able to see him a lot,” Morrow said. “We feel he has a high ceiling of potential.

“In addition to just being a good keeper, he has a great frame and we feel he will grow and develop into a big time role for us.”

Morrow feels the three players will fill the team’s needs on both ends of the pitch. 

“We are excited about these three guys and feel they address certain needs for us going into this next season,” Morrow said. “We are looking forward to this upcoming season and are glad these three are going to be a part of it.”