Ugwoaba signs NLI to compete at WWU
May 4, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University men's soccer coach Travis Connell announced today that defender Uche Ugwoaba, a senior at Highline High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Vikings this fall.
Two more prep seniors, midfielder Conner Pichette from Wilson High School in Tacoma and goalkeeper Andrew Wildfong from Woodinville High School, have accepted formal offers of admission to WWU.
"We are very excited to add these three young men to our roster for next fall," said Connell. "Bernie James at Crossfire and David Hoggan at Tynecastle have a proven track record of developing productive college soccer players. Andrew, Conner and Uche are talented hard-working players that will be great additions to our squad."
Ugwoaba and Pichette have played the last two years for Crossfire Premier Academy, which competes in the Western Conference of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Ugwoaba is the team captain this season after having seven assists in nine games the previous year.
As juniors, Ugwoaba was a first-team all-Seamount League pick and Pichette was a first-team all-Narrows League selection.
Wildfong played four years of club soccer with Tynecastle FC. He helped that team win a second straight U.S. Club Regional title in 2011, allowing just 10 goals in 16-game regular-season schedule with six shutouts.
Andrew Wildfong, Goalkeeper, Freshman, 6-2, 180, 18, 10/13/93, Woodinville, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered as senior at Woodinville High School ... Missed junior season with ankle injury and played forward as sophomore ... Played four years of club soccer with Tynecastle FC ... Helped team win second straight U.S. Club Regional title in 2011, allowing just 10 goals in regular-season 16-game schedule with six shutouts.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in engineering or chemistry.
Conner Pichette (pronounced PIH-chet), Midfielder, Freshman, 5-9, 160, 18, 4/27/94, Tacoma, WA
CLUB: Played last two years for Crossfire Premier Academy, which competes in Western Conference of U.S. Soccer Development Academy system ... Started nearly every game as midfielder ... Also competed one season on USSDA Washington Premier FC Academy team ... Prior to that played five years for Federal Way Storm, helping squad to state quarterfinals three times.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Narrows 3A League pick as junior at Wilson High School, helping team to league title ... Team captain as sophomore and junior ... Three-year letter winner ... Also lettered two years in cross country.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in exercise science or business.
Uche Ugwoaba (pronounced ou as in Lou-CHAY ou-gah-bah), Defender, Freshman, 5-7, 155, 18, 9/17/93, Burien, WA
CLUB: Played last two years for Crossfire Premier Academy, which competes in Western Conference of U.S. Soccer Development Academy system ... Started nearly every game as defender ... Team captain this season ... Had seven assists in nine games previous year.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-Seamount League selection as junior at Highline High School ... Team captain and MVP ... Honorable mention all-league as freshman and sophomore for Pirates ... Started and lettered three years.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in computer science or exercise soccer ... His sister, Nkeiru, was Big 10 champion in 200 meters at Purdue University.
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