From Sydney to St. Pete's,Florida - College Recruit Success Story!

Many potential student athletes we encounter lead with the thought that soccer will be the end game of the pathway into US college soccer. One of the things that we are adamant about at Upper 90 is that our student athletes are not only successful on the pitch, though, also in the classroom. 

Liam Stratton from Sydney, Australia who was placed at Marian University (Indianapolis, NAIA) in 2014 had initially begun with a similar mindset, that is, soccer first. Over the years, Liam has excelled way beyond the soccer pitch, and has taken his studies to another level. Liam gives insight into his journey to date. 

'In 2014, I began my career as a student-athlete, playing football and majoring in management in the Byrum School of Business at Marian University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a student-athlete, I’ve been able to develop and hone leadership skills, like time management, conflict management, and communication. These are all skills I’ve acquired in the classroom and on the field, and these will aid me in my career search and future job post-graduation.'

Liam working at the Indy Car Experience!

Liam working at the Indy Car Experience!

While I knew a bit about Indianapolis before attending school, I didn’t know the city was nicknamed the “Racing Capital of the World” and home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Some of the world’s largest and most competitive automobile races take place at the famous track, including the Indianapolis 500 as part of the IndyCar Series, and the Brickyard 400 as part of the NASCAR series. Through connections I made at school, I got a job working at The IndyCar Experience. In my position, I drive the steet-legal, high-speed IndyCar and NASCAR at events during the season to promote races. I’ve gotten to travel around the United States driving the cars at special events, and I’ve had the opportunity to network with many professionals in the racing world. The most recent place I traveled for work was St. Petersburg, Florida.

Getting up close with the Indy Car Experience in St. Petersburg, Florida!

Getting up close with the Indy Car Experience in St. Petersburg, Florida!

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve received by continuing to play football at the collegiate level.

...and we are extremely proud of Liam and his amazing journey to date! Congratulations Liam, your a great role model for aspiring young soccer player back home in Australia! 

Christian Junna Earns NJCAA 1st Team Academic All American Award

Congratulations to our client Christian Junna from Canberra Australia. Christian has been working hard in the class room with Illinois Central College and has earned an consistent 4.0 GPA throughout his time with the men's soccer program. Christian was named as an NJCAA 1st Team Academic All American recently. A great achievement.

Great academic achievement such as Academic All American status, allows for talented student athletes in 2 year junior colleges to be on the radar for some of the best NCAA 4 year institutions. It's a commendable effort from a young man who is generating a lot of momentum at Illinois Central, which have also been nationally ranked as a program. 


Hayden Tucker Commits To Quincy University (NCAA D2)

Congratulations to Hayden Tucker and his family on signing his National Letter of Intent with Quincy University Hawks (NCAA DII, GLVC)!

Hayden is a very skillful and versatile Attacking Mid I Left & Right Winger, and can play across multiple positions on the field. Hayden has been playing with Bonnyrigg White Eagles in and out or the 20's and First Team. Hayden also spent time in Slovakia training last year with professional outfits such as MŠK Žilina, ŠKF Sereď and MFK Lokomotíva Zvolen training and playing.

Hayden will be joining Quincy under Head Coach Michael Carpenter, in one of the Top 5 NCAA DII men's soccer conferences in the USA, the Great Lakes Valley Conference ( Quincy play among some of the top ranked soccer programs in NCAA D2 and are currently ranked 26th in the nation (

Hayden is a phenomenal student, having hit a 94%+ in his ATAR. and received considerable scholarship based off of his academic ability alone. Hayden is looking toward studying either Physiotherapy or Applied Sports Science at Quincy. We know Hayden will be doing phenomenally well with his studies at Quincy.

Looking forward in seeing Hayden take successful leaps and bounds in his football and with his studies in the USA. I commend Hayden on being a true professional in every part of the recruiting cycle. He was chased by some of the biggest men's college soccer programs across NCAA DI and DII and has selected a program that is truly invested in his ambition to play at the highest competitive level while gaining a quality education. 

Martin Ibarreche commits to St Mary's University, Texas (NCAA D2)

Congratulations to Upper 90 College client Martin Ibarreche on signing his NLI with St. Mary's University Men's Soccer , San Antonio, Texas (NCAA D2, Heartland Conference)!

I first met Martin and Dad in Singapore (where he completed high school) during one of my very first college soccer camps at Singapore American School almost 4 years ago now. Martin is an amazing young guy, great student and a very talented young footballer. That first meeting he impressed me considerably.

Martin will be looking to study Business, Architecture or Engineering at St. Mary's University. St Mary's has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Best Small Colleges in America by Niche. Martin will continue to excel academically in a challenging environment.

Martin will continue to ply his trade under the tenured guidance of Matt Barnes, Johnny Clifford & Isaac Sanchez. Martin can play many roles across the park as a Midfielder, Center Back or Striker. At UWC South East Asia he was an integral part of the SEASAC Varsity Squad and in 2014 and 2015 was recognized as MVP of the SEASAC tournament. He played first team football for Singapore Cricket Club - SCC NFL. Martin had also trialed with Stoke City, Pumas UNAM and Club America in Mexico.

Super excited for Martin, who will be joining our Aussie recruit Gerard Roebuck at St. Mary's this coming Fall! 

Ethan Maguire Commits To Goldey Beacom College (NCAA D2)

Ethan NLI.jpg

Congratulations to our client Ethan Maguire on signing his NLI with Goldey-Beacom College Men's Soccer (NCAA D2, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference)! Ethan is a talented and versatile attacking player who can play both feet across the 11,10, 9 & 8 roles. He currently plays for Parramatta FC.

Ethan, will be attending Goldey-Beacom College in Delaware, where he will be pursuing a degree in Business with a focus in Sports Management or a similar degree track. Goldey Beacom has a fantastic business program that is closely aligned with industry in Delaware. In fact, many of the students work their Friday's with world leading businesses earning invaluable internship experience, preparing them to fast track into a competitive job market.

Ethan will be developing alongside the brother of two of our very own recruits Cameron Wilkinson, the brother of Lachlan Wilkinson and Connor Wilkinson. Coach Ryan Dixon will oversee the development of Ethan. In 2015, under Coach Dixon's guidance, the squad reached the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament for the first time since 2009. There are some exciting times ahead for the program, given the diversity of the roster, and another Aussie in the mix with Ethan adding extra fire power.

We are truly excited for Ethan, his family, Mum Pauline, Dad Gav and the rest of his siblings. I'm sure that all your extended family, friends and team mates are excited for you, just as much as we are Ethan! Congrats, and enjoy the journey!

Laura Farrelly Commits to Marshall University (NCAA D1)

Laura Farrelly in action for Manly United. Laura has signed for Marshall University (NCAA D1)

Laura Farrelly in action for Manly United. Laura has signed for Marshall University (NCAA D1)

Congratulations to Upper 90 College APAC client Laura Farrelly on her commitment to Marshall University Women's Soccer in West Virginia (NCAA D1, Conference USA) for 2018 on a near full ride scholarship! Laura is a very talented Holding Center Midfielder, equally proficient in the Attacking Midfield role. Laura currently plays for Manly United FC in the NSW Women's Premier League. Laura is a solid student and is focusing on studying within a sports science related field.

The Thundering Herd play in the very competitive Conference USA amid teams such as Rice, North Texas and Florida Atlantic to name a few. Review site Niche had placed Marshall in the Top 100 schools for 'Best College Athletics', and with that Laura will be plying her trade under the guidance of highly respected and tenured Head Coach Kevin Long and Assistant Coach Erika Duncan. Coach Long coached each of the Marshall’s 11 all-time All-Conference USA honorees and five of the Herd’s six National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-region award recipients.

We are very excited for Laura, who fielded a number of top quality programs across all divisions, though settled on Marshall for it's alignment to her academic track, the competitiveness of the team and conference and the excellent guidance provided by the coaches and staff throughout the recruiting cycle!

Harry Rubinic: A Powerful College Placement Story

Congratulations to our client Harry Rubinic on his signing with Plymouth State Men's Soccer (NCAA D3, Little East Conference). Plymouth State University is located in New Hampshire, New England, and is a historically very strong men's soccer program in the NCAA D3, under the guidance of Coach Robert Wright, where my fellow recruit Nicholas Rutherford has had a tenured and stand out career to date on the pitch and in the class room.

I'm extremely proud of Harry, and to give you some context on how our 1:1 approach had helped Harry navigate some potential pitfalls in regard to the recruiting process, you'd be amazed at his story. I've known Harry for many years, he had attended some of our training sessions throughout the years, and I was always impressed with his technical ability (Midfielder) and size (6'3").

Over the years, I lost touch with Harry, I know he had a rough patch at home, and this affected his schooling. Out of the blue, earlier this year, Harry contacted me and mentioned he was interested in the pathway into college soccer in the US. He told me that he was kicked out of high school at one point, and also, had dropped out of high school in Year 10, given the situation at home and the pressures this caused as he was growing up. He hit some pretty big stumbling blocks.

Though, over the years he worked extremely hard, and with the support of his Mum and Sister, had diligently set aside money for his goal...that is, to study medicine in the US!? I scratched my head a little when he mentioned this over the phone. It was a rock and hard place in the recruiting cycle. I had him sit his GED...he blew it out of the park...I asked him to sit his SAT...he kicks that out of the park as well!

He sends the profile he created out to a network of coaches he was considering and within 48 hours no fewer than 18 college soccer programs are chomping at the bit for Harry to join their program across all divisions once they heard his story! Harry really set his sight on PSU for it's academic focus (D3), and they embraced him for his hard work to his study, and the ability to do the courses he required to gain entry into Pre-Med, it's location in New England, and the history of the soccer team which he will surely impact further alongside our recruit Nick.

Harry's story is telling, as I meet many soccer players locally and abroad that talk about what they want to achieve, give them some hurdles and they stumble and give up...Harry saw a huge wall and crashed through it. I'm so excited to see what this young man will achieve both academically, chasing a career in Medicine, and on the field as a footballer. Goes to show, you should never give up, no matter how much adversity you face in life, Harry is truly a testament!

Harry recently contacted me, and had mentioned how much the journey (albeit still an early first step) has changed his life. 

Myself, Bradley Walker, Leon Kita and the team are extremely proud of you Harry, and I know Mum (Kate) and your Sister, team mates and friends here in Sydney will be extremely happy for you! Can't wait to see what your future holds! 

Georgia Fogarty Signs With St.Edward's (Texas, NCAA D2)

Congratulations to our client Georgia Fogarty for committing to St. Edward's University Athletics (NCAA D2, Heartland Conference, Austin,Texas)! St. Edward's has a long and storied history as a nationally ranked NCAA D2 women's soccer program, ranked last year at No.14 in NCAA D2 nationally (Bennett Ranking). Georgia received a near full ride, which is a testament to her talent. Georgia will be competing against our client Ashley Sweetnam of Newman University in one of the top 10 women's conferences in NCAA D2!

Georgia is a very talented Center Midfielder, who can also play exceptionally on the Left and Right Wing's. Georgia was a Scholarship holder with the Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport (ACTAS), she received a Training Agreement with Canberra United (W-League) for the 2015/16 season. In 2015, Georgia represented the ACT (Canberra) U19 Schoolgirls Team National Championships. Georgia is looking at studying an academic track aligned with Design.

Georgia will further develop her ability under the watchful eye of 11th year Head Coach Nick Cowell. Coach Cowell has 9 NCAA Tournament appearances and has helped develop 18 All Americans with an average Team GPA of 3.37. Coach Cowell will be looking at making Georgia an integral part of the team from her first day in a Hilltopper jersey come Fall! 

St. Edward's University is nationally recognized for the quality of it's education, and it's amazing campus. Niche has ranked the school in the Top 57 schools out of 1376 for best location nationally, including being ranked in the Top 41 best Catholic colleges in America by Niche. Georgia will be receiving a great education in a stand out location in Texas.

Congratulations Georgia! 

Sandra Hill Signs With Grand Canyon University (NCAA D1)!

Congratulations to our client Sandra Hill who signed her National Letter of Intent with Grand Canyon University - Athletics (NCAA D1 Western Athletic Conference) on a *full ride athletic and academic scholarship*! Sandra is a strong, natural back line player, and an equally talented and technically gifted Midfielder. Sandra is looking at studying a degree track aligned with Architecture.

Sandra has come through the elite youth development pathways in Canberra with some impressive credentials having signed a training agreement in the W-league, she was part of the Canberra Women Premier League All Stars Team and being ranked as an Top 10 Defender at the National Training Camps (NTC). Sandra was also Identified for the U20 Australian Matildas team.

Sandra will be attending GCU, which has a long and tenured history in collegiate sports, from the NAIA during the 60's, until it transferred to NCAA D2 where it had always been a powerhouse athletic program perennially in the Top 25 across major sports up until the 90's. The school grew over the years from some 900 students to an amazingly modern campus with over 17,500 students. Sandra was lucky enough to have had us negotiate a trip over and was impressed by the world class facilities and staff. GCU students are extremely passionate about their sports across the board, and the soccer games are heavily attended in state of the art, world class facilities.

Sandra is extremely lucky to be able to be guided and coached by an extremely highly respected D1 college soccer coach in Derek Leader who coached across programs such as Georgia State and SMU. Derek brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Lopes, including four years as an NCAA Division I head coach and 12 years at the IMG Soccer Academy. Derek coached the 2005 MLS Rookie of the Year, Michael Parkhurst, and the 2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year, Erika Tymrak among many other future professional soccer players, during his time with IMG. Derek was also the head coach for the Bradenton Athletics W-League women's team from 2004-08 among many other tenured positions in professional soccer.

Good luck Sandra! 

Sam Roff Makes NEC Fall Honor Roll

Samantha Roff and her Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (NCAA D1) team mates make the NEC Fall Honor Roll. 

Samantha Roff and her Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (NCAA D1) team mates make the NEC Fall Honor Roll. 

Congratulations to Upper 90 APAC recruit Samantha Roff on making the North East Conference (NEC, NCAA D1) Fall Honor Roll! 

The Fairleigh Dickinson women's soccer team had 16 honorees and posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.50, which was the highest of any fall Knights squad.  Well done to Samantha for her continued success on and off the field! 


Hastings College Men's Soccer Claim 2016 NAIA National Championship

Congratulations to Hastings College Men's Soccer (Hastings Broncos) who were crowned 2016 NAIA National Mens Soccer Champions, defeating a tough Rio Grande side 1-0 (24-0-1 season) in Florida!

Our recruits Daniel Linstead (Sophmore) and Eric Birighitti (Freshman) who did very well throughout the season contributing on the pitch and in the class room. 

Congratulations to Coach Aaron Champenoy and staff on their work with both Daniel and Eric, and for the amazing effort and hard work the staff at Hastings put into paving the way this season for Hastings College, Hastings Athletics and the men's soccer team with such a historic win!

Very happy to have contributed in some way with the recruits that we have placed at such a historic college soccer program at Hastings College Nebraska! 

Samantha Roff Gains NEC All-Rookie Selection With Fairleigh Dickinson University (NCAA D1)!

Big congratulations to our client Sam Roff on earning selection into the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team for 2016! Sammy played every second on defense for Fairleigh Dickinson University Women's Soccer (NCAA D1) during NEC play in her Freshman year, and helped the Knights allow only one goal per game! Proud moment for Sam's parents and siblings, the coaching staff at FDU and for myself and the team! 

Megan Norton Signs With Northern State University (NCAA D2)

Congratulations to our client Megan Norton on her commitment to NSU Wolves Soccer (NCAA D2, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)! Megan is a talented #7 or #11 (can play both feet), who has been playing for The Entrance Bateau Bay Football Club in the Battlewin Premier League for Central Coast Football.

Megan will be further developing her skills under 18 year head Coach, Steve Kehm. Coach Kehm is the Director of Coaching for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in the Dakota's. He is also a member of the college soccer academy camp staff and holds several national coaching licenses and endorsements. NSU’s soccer program has produced 50 all-conference performers, as well as 16 ADIDAS All-Region players and three NSIC MVPs.

Very excited to see Megan make the transition into US College Soccer atNorthern State University! 

Daniel Fabrizio Signs With Young Harris College (NCAA D2)

Congratulations to our client Daniel Fabrizio on his signing with perennial NCAA D2 powerhouseYoung Harris Men's Soccer (Peach Belt Conference) in Georgia (currently ranked No.10 nationally)! Daniel is a talented Midfielder|Striker, and had represented both Capital Football - Official (NTC) and Canberra United FC (NPL) prior to moving over to YHC prior to pre-season. 

Daniel will be plying his trade under 11th year Head Coach, Mark McKeever. Coach McKeever led the Mountain Lions to their finest season in the program's history as they went 19-1-1, capturing its second consecutive Peach Belt Conference title and its first-ever PBC Tournament title in 2014. The Mountain Lions, who finished the season ranked No. 5 in NCAA D2, earned their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals.

In the past year alone (not to mention subsequent years), four players - Ilic, Niall McCabe, Khurram Shazad and Samuel Mansour - have gone on to play professional soccer in the US or otherwise under coach McKeever's guidance. Granted, Daniel will have a great pathway at YHC to continue to play at a competitive level with pathways into the PDL or NPSL, while gaining a quality education. 

I know Dad Luciano Fabrizio, Mum, all your siblings, family and friends are very excited for you. Looking forward to seeing you grow as a player and student at YHC!


Daniel McBriarty Wins Cup With Des Moines Menace (PDL)!

Congratulations to Upper 90 College APAC recruit Daniel McBriarty on his cup win with Des Moines Menace (US PDL)! Daniel is currently a Sophomore with Midland University (NAIA). Des Moines Menace is an American soccer team based in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Founded in 1994, the team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Heartland Division of the Central Conference. 


Lachlan Wilkinson Signs With Medaille College (NCAA D3

Congratulations to Upper 90 College APAC client Lachlan Wilkinson on his signing with Medaille Mens Soccer (NCAA D3)! Lachie is a talented and versatile forward that can play both wings, given he is very strong with both feet. Lachie came up through the Central Coast Football elite development pathway from a young age, having represented Central Coast FC. In the past year Lachlan has been playing for Terrigal United Football Club 1st Team in the Central Coast Premier League.

Lachie will be joining Claudio Ramondino from Sydney at Medaille Collegewhich is located in Buffalo, New York this Fall under the guidance of head coach Micky Blythe. Lachie will be looking at studying a degree with a business focus.

Bradley Walker, Leon Kita and I are excited for you Lachie, and I know that Mum (Lisa), Dad (Dean Wilko), your brother (Connor Wilkinson) and the rest of your family and friends are stoked for you as you begin your journey into university and football in the US!

Aron Pavey Signs With Merrimack College (NCAA D2)

Aron Pavey Signs With Merrimack College (NCAA D2)

Aron Pavey Signs With Merrimack College (NCAA D2)

Congratulations Upper 90 College APAC recruit Aron Pavey on his commitment to Merrimack College Athletics in Massachusetts (NCAA D2,Northeast-10 Conference). Aron is a talented and versatile Center Back, and can play equally proficiently in the Holding Center Midfield and or Right Back roles across the field.

Aron has been fortunate to join a perennial D2 National Men's Soccer Tournament contender under the guidance of Tony Martone, one of the most successful coaches in not only Division II men's soccer coaching history, but in NCAA men's soccer history, Tony Martone concluded his 34th season at Merrimack College in the fall of 2015. In 2015, "The Warriors" went 15-4-2 with a trip to the second round of the D2 National Tournament.

Aron will be looking to study Sports Science and or Sports Management at Merrimack College, and we know that he will make a very big impact to an already solid defensive line. I know that Mum Margaret, Alex and the rest of your siblings and friends are proud of you. Bradley Walker, the team and I are looking forward to hearing of your successes athletically and academically at Merrimack!