The LIU Post men’s soccer team will welcome 10 new players to the team this fall, which includes two players from Seaford.
Luke Kasulke, a midfielder, and Ryan Pearse, also a midfielder, will take their soccer talents from the south shore of Long Island and Seaford High School to the north shore for the Pioneers.
During his high school playing days, Kasulke was named All-State, All-Long Island, All-Region and All-County. His Seaford High School teammate Pearse was a two-time All-County honoree and played soccer and ran track & field for four years.
“Luke is a perfect fit for this recruiting class,” said Michael Mordocco, the team’s first-year head coach. “His tremendous work rate, attitude on the pitch and knowledge of the game will allow him to compete in the ECC right away.”
Of Pearse, the head coach said, “Ryan is a fierce competitor and I cannot wait to get him on campus to work with him. Ryan is committed to developing into a player and his athleticism can provide competition in several positions. He is a great addition to our program as both a player and a person.”
Also joining the team for the upcoming season are:
Athanasios Coutroumpas | Midfielder | Waiblingen, Germany
Background: Coutrompas is a transfer to LIU Post from the University of Hohenheim and is a 2014 graduate of Staufer Gymnasium.
Coach’s Insight: Atha is a great addition to the program. We feel that his personality, tremendous character, and winning mentality will be valuable to the team. His energetic ability along with reading the game at a high level will be adapted quickly towards our style of play.
Enio Di Filippo | Goalkeeper | Montverde, Fla.
Background: Di Fillippo is a 2018 graduate of Montverde Academy where he helped lead the men’s soccer program to a top-30 ranking nationally.
Coach’s Insight: Enio comes to us from one of the best academics in the country. He is a long, athletic goalkeeper who will compete and contribute between the posts. We cannot wait to see what he can do in the East Coast Conference.
Ignacio Gonzalez | Midfielder | Madrid, Spain
Background: A transfer from Ohio Valley University and the ESIC Business & Marketing School. At Ohio Valley, he started 16 contests for the Fighting Scots and was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year after scoring four goals and adding six assists.
Coach’s Insight: Ignacio is a Spanish player that comes to our program as a transfer. He has an exceptional sense for the game and plays with composure and control in the final third. We feel that he will be able to contribute towards our program in all front six positions. His unselfish play and combinations with teammates can determine the success of our program.
Paul Hein | Defender | Laasdorf, Germany
Background: A 2018 graduate of Sportgymnasium Jena in Germany.
Coach’s Insight: Paul will bring a strong physical presence towards our back line as well as a competitive mentality and work rate. The first thing that drew us to Paul was his defensive qualities and the bravery in the box. We are excited to bring his maturity and professional character to our program, which has high expectations.
Anton Ocampo | Midfielder | Gothenburg, Sweden
Background: A 2014 graduate of Änglagårdsskolan.
Coach’s Insight: Anton is a dynamic attacking player with impeccable technique, decision making and ability to create chances will be valuable to the front of the team. We believe his adjustment to college soccer will be a smooth transition and we are confident he will be a vast contributor to the program’s success.
Kyle Parish | Defender | Toowoomba, Australia
Background: A transfer from Feather River College where he played two seasons for the Golden Eagles. During his time at Feather River, Parish compiled 39 starts with 15 goals and five assists. Prior to college, he was a 2015 graduate of Toowoomba Grammar School.
Coach’s Insight: A versatile athlete that can play multiple positions. His determination and mindset will prepare him to compete from day one and contribute towards the culture of the program. Kyle comes to Post with experience, which will help him transition into a highly competitive program.
Matias Pesallaccia | Goalkeeper | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Background: A transfer to LIU Post from Instituto Privado Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios.
Coach’s Insight: Matias is a great addition to our goalkeeper position. He will have to compete from day one to attain tenure from the rest of the group. He played at a high level in Argentina and will bring maturity and experience.
Javier Rehberger Martin | Midfielder | Gijon, Spain
Background: A 2017 graduate of Ies el Piles in Spain.
Coach’s Insight: Javier is one of the best midfielders coming out of Spain due to his technical ability on the ball and his knowledge of the game. He will fit right in with our current players and style of play. He is a two-way midfielder who can dictate the tempo and link the game from back to front. He can cover ground and plug holes, which will help the back line.