Three Long Islanders are among the 10 newcomers for head coach Richard Nuttall and the Hofstra Men’s soccer team this season with the class including five freshmen and five transfers.
The new local players suiting up for Hofstra in the coming season are Peter Meyer (Massapequa/Massapequa High School/Army West Point), Jorey Garcia (Great Neck/Great Neck South High School/Old Westbury) and Etienne Botty (Medford/Hempstead High School/Nassau Community)
Also joining the Pride are Felix Smith Halle (Oslo, Norway/Ullern VGS/Florida Atlantic), Alex Dudley (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward/St. John’s), Lennart Seufert (Bad Koenigshofen, Germany/Ludwig-Erhard-Schule), Guðmundur Jónasson (Reykjavik, Iceland/Commercial College of Iceland), Hendrik Hebbeker (Cologne, Germany/Schiller-Gymnasium Köln), Luca Tausch (Freiburg, Germany/Rotteck-Gymnasium), and Jacob Göker (Hürth, Germany/Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Hürth).
“I’m pleased with the quality of this group,” said Nuttall. “It’s a diverse group that will bring talent to a number of different positions. I am confident in their ability to take on the tall task of making an impact on our season right away.”
Meyer appeared in 32 games, starting three in two seasons at Army West Point, scoring his first career goal as a freshman against Bucknell. He played varsity soccer at Massapequa High School, captaining the team as a senior and being named Nassau County Class AA and conference Player of the Year in 2015. Meyer also earned all-state, all-region, all-county and All-Long Island honors as a senior and helped lead the Chiefs to a state championship in 2013.
Garcia comes to Hofstra from Old Westbury where he appeared in 18 games, starting 17. He led Old Westbury and the Skyline Conference with 16 goals and 38 points and was named to the All-Skyline Conference First Team. Prior to college, he played three years of varsity soccer at Great Neck South and was named the 2016 Conference A1 Player of the Year. Garcia also earned all-county, Newsday All-Long Island, all-state and all-region honors as the conference and the Nassau County League’s leading scorer (17 goals, four assists) in 2016. In 2014, he led Conference A1 in scoring (13 goals, five assists) and was an all-county selection. He finished his varsity career with 40 goals, the most in school history.
Botty played 34 games at Nassau Community, finishing his career with 16 goals and 12 assists. Able to slot in at midfield or forward, he helped the team to an NJCAA Championship as a freshman and captained the team back to the NJCAA Tournament as a sophomore, earning first-team all-region honors in his second season. Prior to his time at Nassau Community, Botty played two years of varsity soccer at Hempstead earning all-conference honors as a freshman and all-county recognition as a sophomore.
In addition to the three Long Islanders joining Hofstra this fall, the team’s seven other additions for the fall include:
- Felix Smith Halle: the sophomore midfielder started 12 games at Florida Atlantic and was the team’s second-leading scorer with two goals.
- Alex Dudley: spent his freshman season at St. John’s after playing varsity soccer at St. Edward High School in Ohio.
- Lennart Seufert: a freshman who can play midfield or defense, he comes to Hofstra after playing 68 games in the highest youth league in Germany.
- Luca Tausch: a freshman who can play in the midfield or as a forward, Tausch played for FC Basel U21 of the Promotion League in Germany, scoring two goals in 17 games and logging 667 minutes.
- Guðmundur Jónasson: The freshman forward led the U19 Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar squad in scoring in 2017 and 2018, accounting for more than 31 percent of the team’s goals in 2017 and helping the team to a national championship.
- Hendrik Hebbeker: the freshman midfielder played for FC Viktoria Köln U17 and U19 of the B-Junioren Bundesliga West, logging 669 minutes for the U19 side in 2017-18.
- Jacob Göker: played at the highest national youth level for FC Köln U17 and U19, helping both squads to fourth place finishes.
Information for this story provided by Hofstra’s Office of Athletics Communications.