Santa Barbara Athletics News
Feb 12, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – With UC Santa Barbara hosting the 2018 College Cup this fall, the UCSB men’s soccer team took a step towards fulfilling its hopes of participating with the announcement of eight National Letter of Intent signings by head coach Tim Vom Steeg on Monday afternoon.
Highlighting the recruiting class will be a trio of transfers that includes Hunter Ashworth (San Francisco), Thibault Candia (Temple), and Faouzi Taieb (St. Francis Brooklyn). Both Candia and Taieb were All-Region selections at the Division I level, with Taieb earning Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the Northeast Conference. Ashworth, meanwhile, has significant international experience playing with the U-20 New Zealand National Team.
At the prep level, the Gauchos add a pair of highly-touted local standouts in Ben Roach (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Santa Barbara HS) and Oscar Ferreira (Goleta, Calif. / Dos Pueblos HS) to go along with a trio of talented prospects out of Arizona in Carter Clemmensen (Paradise Valley, Ariz. / Brophy Prep), Sam Fletcher (Phoenix, Ariz. / Brophy Prep) and Zade Ghani (Phoenix, Ariz. / Notre Dame Prep).
The incoming talent will compliment a strong core of Gaucho returners that features Big West Freshman of the Year Rodney Michael, all-conference selections in freshmen Adrian Adames and Alan Carrillo, as well as 2016 Big West Midfielder of the Year Kevin Feucht, who plans to return after missing all of the 2017 season due to injury. Midfielder Joseph Ammer will also be in the fold after missing a significant time of 2017 to injury.
Thanks in part to strong recruiting, UCSB has maintained one of the best programs on the West Coast since Vom Steeg took over in 1999. In that time, the Gauchos have taken home the 2006 National Championship, 10 Big West Championships, two College Cup berths, and 14 postseason appearances. UCSB has consistently brought in high-level recruits from around the world, as evidenced by the 10 Big West Freshman of …