STORY BY: Allie Rodriguez STAFF WRITER
STORY EDITED BY SPORTS EDITOR CHRIS POUNDS
Wright State University scored big this year when two Raider athletes were selected by the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
In the third round, the Seattle Sounders selected Jake Stovall, while Peguy Ngatcha was taken in the fourth round by the Colorado Rapids.
“We were actually in the middle of a training session and my phone was going off a lot. I stopped practice right then and brought all the guys in and told everyone, including Stovall and Ngatcha, that they were just drafted! It was a very special moment for them and everyone” stated Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach, Jake Slemker.
This past season the Raiders were (11-6-3) overall, with a (7-1-1) record in conference play during the 2016 season.
“The players and staff have been working very hard over the past few years and this is a big payoff,” added Slemker.
Stovall, Wright State senior, from Centerville, Ohio, was a key defender for the Raiders, allowing only 20 goals during the entire 2016 season, which earned him the honors of First Team All-Horizon League, and Second Team All-Ohio by the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association. Throughout league play, Stovall was even outstanding as he only allowed for 2 goals in all of the Horizon League games during the 2016 season. He earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on October 10, as he added 3 offensive assists to his tremendous defense. Stovall will be continuing his athletic career as he plays for the defending Major League Soccer champions, the Seattle Sounders.
“We want to continue to develop great people, great students and Major League Soccer caliber players,” added Slemker.
Ngatcha, a senior from Manchester, New Hampshire and a Wright State forward held the honors of Horizon League Player of the Year 2016, Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year 2016, and First Team All-Ohio by the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association. Ngatcha had 10 goals tying for the league high, 4 assists, and led the Raiders with 24 points during the 2016 season.
In addition, he earned First Team All Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
“Playing for Wright State has helped develop me as a player and a person,” said Ngatcha.
“My message to the student body is how important it is to balance your life as a student athlete. Focusing on your academics and being 100 percent committed to your sport. It all comes.”
Ngatcha looks forward to the next step in his athletic career as he moves forward with the Colorado Rapids. “Being part of the Rapids means a lot. Becoming a pro has always been a dream of mine. I'm so thankful and grateful to be here. And it’s an opportunity I will not take for granted,” added Ngatcha.
Having two high caliber players drafted to Major League Soccer highlights the work and dedication put into the Wright State men’s soccer program by coaches and players. “I spoke to both players a number of times before leaving and over the years. They are ready for the challenge and are very excited,” stated Slemker.
"Being part of the Rapids means a lot. Becoming a pro has always been a dream of mine."