Five soccer players commit to university-level play
Five T-Bird soccer players sign their letters of intent to play for four-year schools. Pictured l-r: Adriano Coppolecchia, Jack Pascoe, Victor Hugo, Alexis Lamontagne, and Damian McGregor. (Casper College photo/Lisa S. Icenogle)
Five Casper College Soccer players have signed their letters of intent to play soccer at the university level. The four sophomores are Adriano Coppolecchia, Victor Hugo, Alexis Lamontagne, Jack Pascoe, and freshman Damian McGregor.
Coppolecchia will be heading to Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. The Pioneers went 9-5-3, 5-2-2 during the 2021 season under head coach Robert Ssejjemba. “Adriano is a great young man who works really hard in the classroom and on the soccer field. He started two games this past season in the net and posted 2.0 goals against average. He is a natural shot-stopper, and we look forward to following his career at Wayland,” said Ben McArthur, head coach. The Pioneers are members of the NAIA and play in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, will welcome Victor Hugo this fall. Hugo started every game in spring 2021 and was a First Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American for the inaugural season when the Casper College Men’s Soccer team went 11-2 and ranked No. 7 in the nation. The Longwood University Lancers were 6-10-2 overall and 4-3-1 at home under head coach Jon Atkinson. The NCAA DI Lancers play in the Big South Conference. “Victor missed the fall 2021 season with an injury and is looking to make an impact at Longwood in the fall of 2022. We wish him the best of luck,” McArthur said.
Lamontagne has been a fixture in midfield for the first two years of Casper College soccer. “He scored the first goal in CC Men’s Soccer history in spring 2021,” said McArthur. Lamontagne started 22 of 25 games at CC and is leaving with four career goals and three assists in his two seasons. Lamontagne was an all-region performer in fall 2021. He is heading to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The NCAA DI Monarchs play in Conference USA and went 3-9-2, 1-5-2 under head coach Alan Dawdon. “Alexis will be a force right away at Old Dominion in their midfield,” noted McArthur.
Pascoe is the final sophomore to sign his letter of intent and will play at NCAA DI St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York. “Jack was another mainstay in our midfield the past two seasons and will leave Casper College as a two-time all-region performer,” McArthur said. Pascoe started 22 of 25 games and is currently the all-time goal scorer in the men’s soccer program history at CC. “He has produced 12 goals and five assists while providing leadership and dedication to the program. He will do great things at St. Francis Brooklyn,” said McArthur. The Terriers play in both the Northeast Conference and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Under head coach Tom Giovatto, the Terriers went 10-5-2, 8-2-1 for the 2021 season.
McGregor is heading to NCAA DI University of Southern Indiana near Evansville, Indiana. McGregor was a regular starting defender and provided two assists from his outside back position. He was also an all-region player. “Damian is a very solid athlete with a passion for defending and playing hard. He will strive for greatness and compete for playing right away as he moves to USI,” said McArthur. Under head coach Mat Santoro, the Screaming Eagles went 5-9-2 in conference and 4-8-2 at home. The Screaming Eagles play in the Ohio Valley Conference.
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