Following a historic 2018 NPSL season, Revs players returned to school and continued playing great soccer. They brought home four Conference Championships, seven players made their All-Conference teams, and two were selected as All Americans. Let’s talk about how each of our college players did this season.
First, congratulations to our Head Coach, Steo Magennis, for being part of the GGC coaching staff that was recognized as the NAIA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
After turning the Revs around in 2018, he returned to his position as Assistant Head Coach at GGC. The team finish ranked #12 in the Nation after winning the Aii Conference Championship and advancing to the NAIA round of 16.
Toni Tiente comes to us from Paris, France where he played for the prestigious Paris Football Club Academy. After a great season in the NPSL, owning the middle of the field and playing every minute, Toni continued his domination at GGC. The Grizzlie’s Team Captain led the team with 8 goals and 11 assists. His 11 assists broke the GGC single season record. As only a sophomore, Toni was recognized for his efforts and was selected to the All-Conference Team and as a NAIA All American.
Andy White is a strong center back hailing from Coundon, England. Entering his first season in the NPSL he had an immediate impact, starting the first 8 games of the season. He returned for his senior year at GGC starting all 19 games, playing 1675 minutes and contributing with 3 goals and 4 assists. A three time All-Conference selection, Andy ended his career at GGC with 77 appearances and 74 starts. For his contributions in 2018, he was named to the NAIA All American Team.
Sagi Hirsch is a native of Ma’ayan Tzvi, Israel. Our 2018 Team Captain was a leader on and off the field, playing an important part in the success of the team. He started all 14 regular season games, providing stout defense and dangerous counter attacks as our left back. His junior season at GGC was outstanding. Sagi continued his attacking style of play from the left back position, contributing with 1 goal and 10 assists. He was selected to the All-Conference Team.
Carlos DeLaRosa is a forward from Sugar Hill, Georgia where he led Duluth High School to the 2015 State Championship and was the Golden Boot winner. He joined the Revs in 2018 where he saw minutes in three games, playing behind NPSL Region 11 player Isaac Promise. During his second season with GGC, Carlos saw more playing time, appearing in 14 games and starting 8. He contributed to the teams results with two goals.
Aaron Whitten is a fan favorite, playing for the Revs in his hometown. After playing in the PDL, he came to the Revs excited to show what he could do. The Locust Grove HS graduate was the 2017 Region Player of the Year. As a Rev, he appeared in all 16 games contributing with 1 goal and 4 assists. Aaron competed for his second season at Reinhardt University starting all 19 games, leading the team with 12 goals and 9 assists. Reinhardt won the AAC Championship and Aaron was selected to the AAC All Conference Team.
Another local talent, Devon Patterson returned to the Revs for his third season. As the two-time Captain of Woodland High School, Devon was a dominant player and was recognized as the 2013 Region Player of the Year, scoring 34 goals with 28 assists. In 2018 Devon appeared in four matches and scored a goal for the Revs. Returning for his final season at Oglethorpe University, he helped lead the team to the SAA Regular Season Championship. Starting all 14 games, he scored 6 goals and had 2 assists. He was selected to the SAA All Conference Team for the second time.
Joining us from Fort Erie, Ontario Canada, Sergio Sereeira is a versatile player who can play both midfield and outside back. As the NPSL season progressed, Sergio worked his way into the starting line-up as we were fighting for a playoff spot. He started both playoff games and ended the season with 7 appearances. During his third season at Life University, Sergio was an instrumental player for the team. He appeared in all 19 games, starting 15, scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists.
A mid-season addition to the roster, Alhaji Tambabu comes with a great youth soccer resume. A product of the Atlanta United Academy, he earned the Club’s Best Player Award in 2016. A midfielder with huge potential, Alhaji is an exciting prospect for the team and will certainly be a dangerous player in 2019. In 2018 he made 7 appearances, contributing 1 assists. Returning to Georgia Southern for his second year, Alhaji solidified himself in the starting line-up making 17 appearance with 13 starts. A strong GSU advanced to the Sun Belt Championship Game.
Vladik Margolin was a mid-season transfer from Duluth FC where he spent two seasons. From Shelomi, Isreal, the center back played an important role in the club after the loss of Andy White. With his previous NPSL experience, Vlad was able to seamlessly integrate himself into the starting CB position. He made 7 appearances and had a crucial assist in our 3-2 playoff victory over the New Orleans Jesters. During his junior year at the University of Montevallo, he started in all 16 games, scoring a goal with 2 assists.
Wesley Sprague finished his high school career in Napersville, IL where he was named to the 2017 All State Team. As a freshman at Gordon College, he was selected to the All-Conference Team and named the CCC Rookie of the Year. Joining the Revs in 2018, Wes entered as the #3 GK, but with an amazing work ethic and instinct for stopping shots, Wes worked his way into the starting GK position for our last 4 games including both playoff games. He saved the Revs NPSL season with an amazing PK stop, securing our playoff victory in New Orleans. Returning to Gordon College, Wes started all 16 games for the CCC Conference Champs.
Matthew Sharman is a Sandwich England native who began his US playing career at Parkland College where he was named a NJCAA All American and Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016. Although he saw limited action with the Revs in the NPSL, Matt made an appearance in our victory over Inter Nashville. Finishing his college career at the University of North Georgia, he appeared in all 15 games and had 89 saves for the Nighthawks. He was selected to the Peach Belt All Conference Team for the second year in a row.