COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio State Men’s Soccer team opened workouts in preparation for the 2020 season today. As the Buckeyes get to work on the field, here’s a quick look at the newcomers to the program, now in its third year under the direction of head coach Brian Maisonneuve.
Blake Collins – Defender – 5-11, 180, Fr.
Powell, Ohio – Olentangy Liberty High School
Club Team: Ohio Premier
Blake played high school soccer for head coach Marc D’Auteuil and the Olentangy Liberty Patriots … 2019 Allstate All-American … 2018 First Team OCC … Olentangy Liberty varsity captain and 2018 regional champion … played club soccer for Ohio Premier and coach Matt Weis … has two brothers, Austin and Wesley, who plays soccer for NKU … upon graduation would like to pursue a job in the business field.
Maisonneuve on Collins: “Blake has great versatility. He has a high soccer IQ and the physical attributes that make him effective no matter where he plays on the field. I have watched games where Blake has started at center back, played center mid and ended the game up top. Blake captained his high school team to the state championship. He possesses good leadership qualities and is a great teammate on and off the field. We are so extremely happy to keep Blake in Columbus.”
Connor DesRoches – Defender – 6-3, 195, Fr.
Dublin, Ohio – Dublin Coffman High School
Club Team: Ohio Premier
Connor played high school soccer for head coach Brian Stoddard and the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks … scored six goals and eight assists as a sophomore in route to First Team OCC Central … Shamrocks leading scorer in 2018 with 13 goals and eight assists … 2018 First Team OCC Central and All-District, Second Team All-State … leading scorer for the Shamrocks again in 2019 with 15 goals and six assists, resulting in another First Team OCC Central selection … 2019 All-District and Second Team All-State … played club soccer for Ohio Premier and coach Matt Weis … two-time Ohio South Cup Champion … undefeated in both 2018 and 2019 seasons … would like to pursue degrees in Business and Finance.
Maisonneuve on DesRoches: “Connor is a Columbus native that has the versatility to play just about anywhere on the field. He has the size and strength to do really well at the college level with soft feet to make him dangerous going forward and building out of the back. His understanding of the game and ability to read attackers makes him dominate at the high school and club level. Connor does exceptional in the classroom and really has all attributes we look for in a student athlete. So excited to keep Connor here in Columbus.”
Thomas Gilej – Midfielder – 6-3, 180, Fr.
Club Team: Wuppertaler SV
Thomas played club soccer for Wuppertaler SV in the U19 Bundesliga, where he served as captain in 2019-20 … the team was the Regional Cup Winner three times (2017-19) and the league champion (2019) … enjoys playing soccer and basketball, spending time with family and friends, gaming, listening to music and watching movies … winning the league championship (Niederrheinlinga) and getting promoted to the Bundesliga is one of his greatest sports thrills to date … “the feelings associated with winning a championship in his sport of choice alongside his teammates after months of hard work made winning the championship even more memorable.”
Maisonneuve on Gilej: “Thomas has a high soccer IQ with the physical attributes to be an exceptional college soccer player. With a 6-3 frame, Thomas moves very well and has soft feet for a big man. He is captain of his U19 Bundesliga team and will be a great teammate in the locker room. Thomas has some versatility and can sit in the midfield or be a force at center back. We couldn’t be more excited to have Thomas part of the Buckeye family.”
Parker Grinstead – Midfielder – 5-9, 145, Fr.
West Chester, Ohio – Archbishop Moeller High School
Club Team: CUP
Parker played high school soccer for head coach Mike Welker and the Archbishop Moeller Crusaders … 2017 First Team All-GCL … nine goals and 13 assists in 2018 … 2018 Cincinnati Player of the Year, First Team All-GCL and Second Team All-State … 2019 GCL Player of the Year, First Team All-GCL … Moeller all-time assist leader, second all-time in points … played club soccer for CUP and coach Scott Bower … plans to major in Business.
Maisonneuve on Grinstead: “Parker is a local talent that will be coming to us from Cincinnati. He has the ability and skill set to play multiple rolls in the midfield. He has a great feel for the game and has a really good engine to play both sides of the ball. Parker is one of those players that makes everyone around him better. His drive and desire to fine-tune his game are attributes that have and will continue to set him apart. We are happy Parker is staying in the state to become a Buckeye next fall.”
Ty Konrad – Forward – 5-11, 155, Fr.
Naperville, Ill. – Naperville North High School
Club Team: Galaxy 2001
Ty played high school soccer for head coach Jim Konrad and the Naperville North Huskies … he played 107 high school games, recorded 139 points on 45 goals and 49 assists … as a senior, scored 17 goals to go with 15 assists (49 pts.) … Three-time IHSA state champion … 2016 all-conference … 2017 Illinois Coaches All-Sectional … 2018 NSCAA, Top Drawer and Allstate All-American … played club soccer for Galaxy 2001 and coach Jay Konrad … 2018 USYSA 17U National Champion … 2018 USYSA Golden Ball winner and Best XI … would like to pursue becoming a special education teacher.
Maisonneuve on Konrad: “We are excited to add Ty to our 2020 class. He is an attacking threat that likes to go 1v1 and make defenders uncomfortable off the dribble. He has a tremendous work rate and can score goals. Coming to us from Chicago, Ty has been in a great environment and has had a phenomenal high school and club career, winning a multitude of championships and awards over the past four years. He is a model student in the classroom and a great teammate on and off the field. We look forward to him joining us this fall.”
Noah Lawrence – Goalkeeper – 6-1, 185, Sr.
Mount Vernon, New York – Sacred Heart High School/Cincinnati
Club Team: D.C. United
Lawrence is a transfer from the University of Cincinnati … he will be eligible immediately and will have one year with the Buckeyes … as a junior at UC: Saw action in 16 games starting 15 … recorded 63 saves on the year including a pair of shutouts … tallied his season high in saves vs Temple (10/5/19) with six … as a sophomore at UC: Started 13 games … recorded 46 saves, with a pair of shutouts … notched back-to-back clean sheets: vs. Temple (9/29/18), vs. Bradley (10/2/18) … named American Athletic Conference (AAC) Goalkeeper of the Week (Nov. 5, 2018) … as a freshman at UC: Saw action in seven games with six starts and a record of 3-4 … recorded one shutout on the year: a 4-0 blanking of Fort Wayne (10/18/17) in which he notched four saves … totaled a season-high seven saves vs. No. 14 SMU (10/21/17) … garnered American Athletic Conference weekly honors three times on the year including being selected for the Honor Roll on Oct. 30, 2017 and Oct. 23, 2017 and previously being named Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 28, 2017 … Prior to UC: Product of the D.C. United (2016-17) and New York Red Bulls (2013-14) academies as well as Beachside SC (2014-16) … part of U.S. National U-19 pool and participated in a recent U-19 training camp in Florida … started 10 matches with D.C. United U-17/18 in 2016, recording a 76.9 percent save percentage … competed with the D.C. United U-23 team and trained consistently with the first team … participated in the Red Bull Salzburg Tournament with the NY Red Bulls in Leipzig, Germany, playing against Manchester City, Everton, and TSG Hoffenheim youth academies … named to the Top Drawer Soccer Best XI for the Development Academy Winter Showcase in 2015.
Maisonneuve on Lawrence: “Noah is a very explosive goalkeeper who can make the game-changing save,” Maisonneuve said. “Noah comes to us from Cincinnati where he got some tremendous experience. He is extremely hard working and a true competitor. He will fit into our culture very nicely. We couldn’t be more excited to add Noah Lawrence to our 2020 roster.”
Sam Mason – Midfielder – 6-0, 185, Jr.
Galena, Ohio – Big Walnut High School/Northern Kentucky University
Club Team: Ohio Premier
Sam is the second member of his family to play for the Buckeyes … his older brother Zach, played from 2012-15 for Ohio State … as a sophomore at NKU, Sam played in 13 games with six starts … scored three goals and recorded six points on eight total shots … Norse finished with a 7-10-1 overall record … as a freshman at NKU, made six appearances for the Norse …played a season-high 43 minutes against Bethany College (9/26/18) to help the team earn a 5-0 shutout win … prior to NKU, he played for the Ohio Premier club under coach Travis Wall … named first team all-conference in high school and helped his club team to six Ohio South State Cup Championships, a 2016 Midwest Regional Championship, a 2016 United States Youth Soccer National Semifinal appearance, and an appearance at the 2017 United States Youth Soccer Nationals … plans to study business at Ohio State … brother Zach was a two-time captain for the Buckeyes in leading Ohio State to a Big Ten Championship (2015) and winning the 2015 Senior Class Award.
Maisonneuve on Mason: “We are excited to have Sam join our program. Sam is a very good soccer player and has a natural feel for the game. Technically, he is a very good passer and does an excellent job getting the ball where it needs to go. Tactically, he reads the game very well and will do a good job for us in the midfield. Most importantly Sam is a great teammate and will do whatever it takes to help this program be successful.”
Peter Van Euwen – Goalkeeper – 5-11, 175, Fr.
Avon Lake, Ohio – Saint Ignatius High School
Club Team: Team Challenger
Peter played for Team Challenger (club) from 2010-2019 … a four-time Ohio North State Champion with Team Challenger … played in Dallas Cup three times … earned 2019 Ohio High School State Championship with Saint Ignatius … plans to play soccer as long as possible before seeking a career in the sports industry … enjoys fishing, playing video games, playing spikeball and hanging out with friends … greatest sports thrill was playing at the All-State All-American game in Orlando, Florida … he was one of 40 youths nationally chosen to play … the game was televised by ESPNU and was coached by Brian McBride and Taylor Twellman.
Maisonneuve on Van Euwen: “We are excited to add Peter to our GK group in 2020. Peter is a modern-day goalkeeper who is an excellent shot stopper and is comfortable with the ball at his feet. His distribution is precise, and he can stretch the opposition. He has a tremendous presence in goal that carries throughout the team. Peter brings winning qualities to our program and did a wonderful job leading his team to the 2019 State Championship. Peter will be a tremendous addition to the program.”
Deylen Vellios – Defender – 5-8, 160, Fr.
Vancouver, British Columbia –
Club Team: Vancouver Whitecaps F.C.
Deylen recently played for the Canadian Boys U17 team and was a member of the Canada World Cup Team that played in Brazil in 2019 …played for the Vancouver Whitecaps F.C. (2015-2020), the Canadian Men’s U17 team in 2019 and the boys U15 team in 2017 … hopes of become a physical therapist … enjoys watching hockey (Pittsburgh Penguins), spending time with family/friends and cooking … one of his greatest thrills in sports to date is “walking out of the tunnel in my first World Cup game and looking up into the stands and seeing my parents in the crowd. It was a moment that not every kid gets to experience and I was lucky enough to have my parents alongside me the whole way which was special.” … Another was “qualifying for the World Cup after beating Costa Rica in a Penalty Shootout and celebrating with all my teammates knowing we just did something that no Canadian team had done in over 10 years. The excitement in that moment was irreplaceable and something I will never forget.”
Maisonneuve on Vellios: “We are so excited to add Deylen to our Buckeye family. First of all, Deylen is a great young man and has a tremendous attitude. He will be a great asset in the locker room and will do whatever it takes to make the team better. Deylen plays in a great environment with the Vancouver Whitecaps and has tremendous experience playing for Canada’s Youth National Team and at the U17 World Cup. Deylen has the athleticism to defend 1v1 and has the engine to get up and down the flank. Technically Deylen is very comfortable on the ball and has an excellent feel for the game. He can play as a right or left back with the ability to provide service with either foot. Deylen will do very well in college and beyond. We are excited to add him to our program.”
Laurence Wootton – Midfielder – 5-9, 160, Fr.
Club Team: Cardiff City Academy
Wootton played for the Cardiff City Academy (3 yrs.) and Stoke City Academy (10 yrs.) … hopes to play professionally following academic career … enjoys going to and watching movies and working around the family farm … greatest thrill to date in sports was reaching the Welsh Cup Final in 2018 with Cardiff City and winning the Sentinel Cup
Maisonneuve on Wootton: “Laurence is a big-time player and we are so happy to add him to our roster. He comes to us from Cardiff City’s Reserve Team (u23’s) and has incredible versatility. We have seen him play the 6, 8, and 10 at a very high level and he’s played them all very well. He has an incredible engine, very good in possession and tactically has a great feel for the game. His maturity and attitude will add to our locker room. He will definitely make an impact on our program. We are extremely excited to add Laurence to our roster.”