Aug. 11, 2008
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart men's soccer team will welcome five new faces to its line-up when the Pioneers begin the 2008 season August 29 at Providence. Head coach Joe Barroso's new crop of players includes one forward, two midfielders and two defensemen, all of whom will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact.
Aaron Kiely (London, England) comes to Sacred Heart after playing for his District All-Star team in London for the last five years. He was a member of teams that won the Adriatic International Cup in Italy and the Umbro International Tournament in Manchester, England where he was named the tournament MVP. Kiely was also part of the Independent Football Academy. "Aaron will fill the void we had for the past 3 years at right back," Barroso said. "He has lots of speed, defends very well and can adapt to all formations we choose to play."
Also competing for playing time in the backfield is Jonathan DeFelice (Miller Place, NY). A team captain and team MVP at Miller Place High School in Long Island, DeFelice was also and All-League selection and part of a league championship-winning team. He was part of the Olympic Development program and was a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, a group that provides handcycles to children with disabilities.
Joining the midfield ranks are two transfers, Filipe Celikkaya (Almada, Portugal) and Denis Brunotte (Flintbek, Germany). Celikkaya played for one of the top club teams in Portugal, CF os Belenenses. He has two years of eligibility at SHU, where he will be an integral part of the Pioneer midfield, according to Barroso. Brunotte is a transfer from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. He is also expected to contribute to the Sacred Heart midfield.
The final new face for Sacred Heart is Luca Condotta (Ontario, Canada). Condotta played for Caledon, one of the top Canadian club teams. He was part of a squad that was a runner-up in the Minnesota Cup Tournament. He has also been part of several soccer tours of the United Kingdom. Condotta is expected to play all across the front line for the Pioneers, from center mid to the flanker position, according to Barroso.