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OFA's Griffith Part Of Deep Roos Soccer Recruiting Class

CANTON – The SUNY Canton men’s soccer team will welcome nine new faces to the field this fall. Head Coach Tim Penrod recently released information on the eight freshmen and one transfer that will join the program as they look to return to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship and beyond in 2020.

“Overall, we are very pleased with the quality and depth of this class,” Penrod said. “Coach Malinoski and I spent a great deal of time on the road this past year to ensure we had multiple opportunities to scout and develop positive relationships with these young men. Each one of them brings a strong desire to help us win our first NAC championship, and we believe they will fit in very well with our returning guys.”

Learn more about each of the incoming student-athletes (listed in alphabetical order) below:

Darren Barlow

Hometown: West Seneca, NY

High School: West Seneca West

Club: WNY Flash

Major: Health & Fitness Promotion

Coach Penrod on Darren: “Darren is an incredibly energetic, driven, and committed young man. He has an enormous amount of potential, and his willingness to learn and adjust his style to the needs of the team will be invaluable.”

Dzihad Cecunjanin

Hometown: Saranac Lake, NY

High School: Saranac Lake

Junior College: North Country Community College

Major: Criminal Investigation

Coach Penrod on Dzihad: “Dzihad brings a wealth of experience having already competed at the JUCO level. He has great pace on and off the ball, and he will set a very high standard with his work rate that all players will look up to.”

Connor Griffith

Hometown: Ogdensburg, NY

High School: Ogdensburg Free Academy

Major: HVAC Engineering Technology

Coach Penrod on Connor: “Connor is someone that we found out about late in this process, but his athletic ability is something our staff felt would be a tremendous asset to us. It will be a change for him to be a single-sport athlete in the fall, but we expect he will make a smooth transition and make a big impact over his time with us.”

Adam Hahn

Hometown: Phoenix, NY

High School: John C. Birdlebough

Club: Invictus FC

Major: Liberal Arts

Coach Penrod on Adam: “Adam is someone who attracted our attention at the NYid camp this past summer. I had the opportunity to work with him for the week, and his solid defensive posture and dependability on the back line really stood out to me. He is quick, athletic, and hard working, so he should fit in nicely to our defensive corps for the fall.”

Jason Hernandez

Hometown: Patchogue, NY

High School: Patchogue-Medford

Club: LGN United

Major: Electrical Engineering Technology

Coach Penrod on Jason: “Jason brings versatility to our back line after having played for a quality high school and club program. He has quality on the ball, and his willingness to get forward as an outside back will add another dynamic into our attack this fall.”

Joey Johnston

Hometown: Carthage, NY

High School: Carthage

Club: Invictus FC

Major: Nursing

Coach Penrod on Joey: “Joey is someone we’ve had our eye on since he was a sophomore in high school. He’s really developed into a multi-dimensional striker over the last year, and is someone who can play as a target forward or run at defenders from the wings. We’re very excited about his versatility and how it will aid our attack in the fall.”

Connor Kelley

Hometown: Moyock, NC

High School: Currituck County

Club: South East SC

Major: Nursing

Coach Penrod on Connor: “Connor is a dynamic defender with the ability to also play in the midfield. He has a solid range of passing, makes good decisions in 1v1 situations, and continually demonstrates quality leadership on and off the field.”

Owen Kwong

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

High School: Monsignor Farrell

Club: Cedar Stars Academy Staten Island

Major: Business Administration

Position: Goalkeeper

Coach Penrod on Owen: “We are thrilled Owen is joining us this fall. He is a tremendous shot-stopper with great reactions and a great deal of composure under pressure. He has competed at a high level for both his high school and club, and will be a welcome addition to our goalkeeping corps this fall.”

Joe Lombardo

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

High School: Tottenville

Club: Cedar Stars Academy Staten Island

Major: Health & Fitness Promotion

Position: Outside Back

Coach Penrod on Joe: “Joe is an incredibly hard working young man we are very excited about. He has shown a great deal of dependability and composure as a defender, and is someone we also believe can help us in the midfield. His willingness to adjust to the team’s needs make him a wonderful addition to our program.”


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