Seven Student-Athletes Joining Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kylie Stannard, the 5K Corral Head Coach of men's soccer, is bringing another talented and diverse class of student athletes to Yale. Paolo Carroll (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Lazaros Efthymiou (Lakatamia, Cyprus), Elian Haddock (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin), Jeremy Haddock (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin), Lucky "Enzo" Okpoye (Asaba, Nigeria), William Seidman (Chappaqua, New York) and Logan Sullivan (Santa Fe, New Mexico) all bring outstanding credentials.
The class features three players who have extensive international experience, brothers who were both Wisconsin all-state selections, a top scorer from the USSDA Central Conference and one who starred at one of the top high school programs in New York.
They join a program that is on the rise. The Bulldogs tied for third place in the Ivy League last fall, their highest finish since the 2005 Ivy championship season, and posted the most overall wins since 2011.
"This is a really special group of young men and we are beyond excited for them to get to campus and join the Yale Soccer Family!" Stannard said. "I'm confident this group is one of the more talented and ambitious as any group that has come into Yale Soccer and will help push our current squad of experienced returners to further elevate Yale Soccer toward our goal of winning an Ivy League Championship. Like every recruiting class, they can't truly be evaluated until after their four years, but we think they have the quality and mentality to be very special.
"What I like about this group is their diverse backgrounds, their overall maturity, and their incredible passion for the game and for winning. They have a little chip on their shoulder which I really like and this will help add further intensity and competition on the field. The international guys come from a background where soccer is life, and they have been in very competitive environments with mature soccer IQs, the non-Academy players have received good coaching and development and have that chip on their shoulder, and Logan has been one of the top 10-15 forwards/scorers in the US Developmental Academy over the past two years.
"In addition to their soccer talents, these young men are gentlemen and scholars which is essential to being part of Yale Athletics and Yale Soccer. Yale has the most competitive admissions process for a student-athlete in the country, and all of these young men have excellent character, and will be outstanding students that will make the University and our alumni proud. This takes a great deal of time and energy to identify, evaluate, build relationships, and ultimately bring to Yale. This is a total team effort and I want to thank my assistants (TJ, Jon, Nate, and former assistant, Ian Clerihew), our current and former players, our administration, the admissions office, financial aid, and all the amazing people we have on campus. We are all one big team and everyone plays an important part, so thank you!"
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2022:
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fundação Anglo-Brasileira de Educação e Cultura High School
High School: Two-time Player of the Year and International High School MVP at Fundação Anglo-Brasileira de Educação e Cultura in Brazil… Four-year letterwinner… Named Most Improved Player in futsal and soccer as a sophomore in 2014.
Academic Awards: Recipient of the 2015 Sir Alfred Norris Prize For Academic Distinction.
Personal: Moved to Brazil from the United Kingdom… Son of Joseph and Anna Carroll… Father played tennis at the University of North Carolina… Grandfather is a Yale graduate, Class of 1950.
3 QUESTIONS FOR CARROLL
Biggest soccer influence and why? Ronaldinho, mainly because he is always happy when he plays, always with a smile on his face. He plays like magic with unpredictable moves and passing in every direction, he always transfers his happiness to the supporters and to his teammates, alongside being a great teammate and a leader. In his prime, few players can beat the level at which he played, with his shooting, footwork skills, speed and near-perfect sense of his teammates positions. I try to emulate Ronaldinho's positive and upbeat influence and, especially, his creativity in passing and unpredictable dribbling and footwork.
Do you have an idol or hero: Jorge Paulo Lemann, a successful businessman who has a lifelong love for sports. He is Brazilian and one of the first Brazilians to play NCAA Varsity Division 1 sports at an American University, in his case tennis at Harvard. Jorge Paulo is well known for his humility, leadership and how to build and work with teams, promoting on merit and achieving consistent successes and how to manage and motivate people. Similarly, I will always want the healthy and competitive challenges in athletics and already enjoy the process of motivating and working with my peers.
Why Yale? Coach Stannard and the coaching staff showed me that the soccer program at Yale have great days ahead. The drive, motivation, expertise and good fun they displayed to me stood out for me during my several weeks spent at College ID camps and tournaments in the US – and convinced me that I wanted to be a part of the Yale program. Yale has always been in my family, and my American grandfather, 89, went to Yale undergrad (Class of 1950!) and has always told me of the fun he had during his time at Yale – and, as well, the lifelong friendships among alumnae.
Stannard On Carroll: "Paolo brings great size to our front line which is something we need in the Ivy League. The top teams in recent years have always had big and athletic forwards. While Paolo is a strong athlete, he most impresses me with his skill and composure. He brings immediate soccer culture and savviness coming from the soccer hotbed of Brazil. While he possesses some Brazilian flair, he's not afraid to work hard and compete. This team is still looking for a consistent finisher and Paolo has the potential to be that guy. What sold me on Paolo was him flying from Brazil on very short notice to attend one of our ID camps. He arrived directly from the airport and immediately jumped in and started playing. He didn't seem fazed at all and was working his tail off...and scoring goals. I also want to thank YMS alum, Kevin Pope '10, for helping find Paolo and getting him in front of us with his company, Tiro Sports. Paolo was recruited by Dartmouth, Northwestern, and SMU and we are happy he chose Yale."
GC School of Careers High School
PAEEK FC Soccer Club
Club: Called up to Cyprus U-19 national team… Played five games for Cyprus U-17 national team… Made a first team debut in the Cyprus top division (as an amateur) with Anorthosis Famagusta at the age of 18… Captained Anorthosis Famagusta U-21 club.
Personal: Worked as a counselor for the Commissioner For Underage Children's Rights in Cyprus. Conducted radio and television interviews to discuss children's rights… Son of Marios and Phanic Efthymiou
3 QUESTIONS FOR EFTHYMIOU
Biggest soccer influence and why? It is Steven Gerrard because he had the ability to control the game and lead the team to victory. He was one of the most complete box-to-box midfielders in soccer history, able to defend, keep the possession, assist and score as well.
Do you have an idol or hero: It has to be Steven Gerrard because was a true captain, a player that raised others and helped the team achieve its maximum. He motivates me, helping me overcome obstacles in my life.
Why Yale? It is of course a top academic experience as it is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious universities in the world. I also believe that I fit the team's way of playing, and after speaking with Coach Stannard, I knew that Yale was the place for me."
Stannard On Efthymiou: "Lazaros was initially identified on film and we were extremely impressed with what we saw. He's been part of the youth national team in Cyprus and has been playing at a very competitive level as an amateur player playing against many others that are professionals. The environment he is training in daily has helped prepare him for the rigors of Division I college soccer because he's competing against men every day so he will be ready for the speed and physicality of college soccer and this will help his transition be quicker. I was so impressed with the video we saw of Lazaros, I wasn't sure it was actually him so I decided to fly to Cyprus to make sure and to also meet him in person to get to know him better. As soon as I saw him and spent a little time with him, I knew I wanted him to join Yale Soccer. Off the field, he brings a very happy and positive personality and is just fun to be around, but on the field, he is tough and competitive. He also fits a huge need which is having another left-footed defender and is very capable of playing left center back, left back, and may even be able to play left midfield. Having that versatility and another left-footed player will really help our team. He reads the game well, he's a good passer, he's very solid in the air, is a good crosser of the ball, and most importantly, he's a tough defender that hates to lose."
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Whitefish Bay High School
Bavarian Soccer Club
High School: Most valuable player for the West team at the High School All-America game… Earned NSCAA All-America recognition as a senior at Whitefish Bay High School… Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year nominee… Posted sub 0.40 goals against averages in each of the last two seasons… Conference Player of the Year and first team all-state selection as a junior and senior… Helped lead Whitefish Bay to three state championships.
Club: Played for the Bavarian Soccer Club, which won numerous Wisconsin and Great Lakes Region titles during his career.
ODP: Played for two years.
Academic Awards: High Honor Roll in each of his four years at Whitefish High School.
Personal: Brother Jeremy also will play at Yale… Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia… Has lived in five countries – Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China, Switzerland and United States… Fluent in German and English… Started playing soccer when he lived in Shanghai… Has participated in many Boy Scout Eagle projects… Son of Ronald and Layla Haddock.
3 QUESTIONS FOR HADDOCK
Biggest soccer influences and why? Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi. Neuer inspires me because he dared to change the game of goalkeeping through his sweeper-keeper style, bringing attention and appreciation to the position and the playing style. He also remains one of few goalkeepers to ever be nominated for the Ballon D'or. Messi inspires me because, despite the immense pressure he has, he manages to prove people wrong and show that disadvantages can be overcome to achieve greatness.
Do you have an idol or hero? My father is my idol. One day, I hope to be as hardworking, smart, and as caring as he is. He is always ready to take on new challenges in life, no matter his age, and will never hesitate to step out of his comfort zone and pursue new learning opportunities.
Why Yale? Because I wanted to be challenged every single day. I also knew that the coaching staff was in pursuit of something big, and I wanted to be a part of that.
Stannard On Haddock: "Elian is a big-time goalkeeper recruit and will immediately push our returning core of GKs, who have developed very nicely. He not only possesses great size but he has good athleticism and reads the game well. He is very capable of making the big saves, but even more importantly, he rarely allows any soft goals. One of the biggest learning curves in college soccer is dealing with the pace and timing of balls in the air, but I think Elian will have confidence in this area right away. He has great presence which creates confidence in the rest of the team in front of him. I'm really excited to add him to our goalkeeping core, and we will have really good depth and competition in this position. All of our GKs bring some very good strengths and this position is going to be wide open during pre-season with several good options. I want to thank the Milwaukee Bavarians club, their coaching staff, and personal GK trainer, Stan Anderson for doing a great job with Elian. Elian chose Yale over Notre Dame and the legendary Bobby Clark."
Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Whitefish Bay High School
Bavarian Soccer Club
High School: All-America nominee and second team all-state selection as a senior at Whitefish Bay High School… Two-time first team all-league selection… Scored 32 goals in his career and added 14 assists… Whitefish posted a 95-4-1 overall record in his four years... Two-time team captain.
Club: Played for Milwaukee Bavarians Soccer Club, which qualified for the National League in the 2017 season and was a two-time state finalist.
ODP: Played for the 2015-16 ODP Wisconsin state team.
Personal: Brother Elian also will play at Yale… Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia… Has lived in five countries – Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China, Switzerland and United States… Plays jazz and classical saxophone… Son of Ronald and Layla Haddock.
3 QUESTIONS FOR HADDOCK
Biggest soccer influences and why? Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldinho because they were my earliest soccer idols and helped sculpt my love for soccer. Mats Hummels because he is my current soccer idol and embodies a balance of unbelievable soccer talent and work ethic with intellectual curiosity – something I aspire for in my own life.
Do you have an idol or hero? Neil Degrasse Tyson
Why Yale? Because it is an unbelievable institution that contains the intellectual curiosity driving personal and societal growth that I want to be a part of. Equally important, it has the athletic facilities and culture that can help me grow as a soccer player and to which I can contribute. The feel behind Yale is one of academic and personal progress – whether on the field or in the classroom I believe that the bulldog mindset attacks challenges in a unique way and aspires to better situations. I wanted nothing more than to be a part of this.
Stannard On Haddock: "Jeremy and Elian are brothers but Jeremy is a year older even though they have been in the same grade in school for several years since they lived internationally when they were younger. Jeremy will add great depth to the center back position where we have had lots of bad luck with injuries in recent years. In my opinion, no team can ever have enough depth in the center back position. Jeremy obviously has great size, but more importantly, he plays like he has great size and he uses his body and long legs very well for his defending. Most importantly for me, he excels in an area that is becoming a lost art, which is being dominant in the air. He's not only a good defensive header with clearing balls out of danger, but he's a real threat on attacking set pieces and very capable of scoring goals with good service. Just this excellent skill alone will provide Jeremy a competitive advantage over many players. What sold me on Jeremy was how much he dedicated himself to improving his game from the first camp he attended to the next camp a year later. It was like he was a different player from the first camp, and if he has the mentality to improve like that, he has potential to make an impact for this program in the future. He has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove people wrong, which I love."
Lucky "Enzo" Okpoye
Black Rock FC
High School: Two-time first team all-state selection at Blair Academy… Earned first team all-conference recognition as sophomore and senior… Scored 10 goals and had 13 assists as a sophomore… Helped lead Blair Academy to Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship, the first in school history… Two-year team captain.
Club: Played for Black Rock FC
Personal: Hobbies are painting/drawing and singing… Son of Willie and Margaret Okpoye… Father is a retired policeman.
2 QUESTIONS FOR OKPOYE
Biggest soccer influences and why? Michael Ballack. He played with a level of professionalism that was second to none. He was a special midfielder who could play a long pass with his left and right foot. His willingness to support his teammates was also one of the characteristics that attracted me to him. Like me, he was furious whenever Chelsea FC lost a game, and I could relate to that feeling because I hate losing.
Why Yale? Yale stood out of the pack as a prestigious academic and athletic institution. I believe in the power of tomorrow, and I saw a better tomorrow at Yale University and the soccer program. Plus, I'd rather be a Bulldog than a chihuahua.
Stannard on Okpoye: "Enzo's path to Yale is pretty remarkable, and we're very excited to have him join the Yale Soccer Family. We identified him nearly two years ago and have been building a very strong relationship ever since. We were close to adding Enzo the year before but things didn't work out. Luckily, everything came together and it was meant to be. Enzo possesses a very high level of maturity and soccer intelligence on the field, and what I like most is that he is a fierce competitor. He is athletic and I have yet to see him really get beat defensively due to his athleticism, reading of the game, and competitiveness. I'm excited for Enzo to bring that mentality to our training environment which will push everyone to bring their best every day, and that's how we will continue to create a winning mentality. Enzo can play as a defensive center midfielder or a center back and we think he will be pushing very hard from day one to find a place on the field. No matter what, he is going to be a hugely positive contributor for the future of our program. He is mature beyond his years both on and off the field and having someone from his background is invaluable for our team and culture. I want to thank his host family, his coach Matt Gnall, and all the people at Blair for their incredible support for Enzo. He could have gone to a number of programs but we are very happy he chose Yale."
Chappaqua, New York
Horace Greeley High School
Golden Touch Club
High School: Two-time all-league selection at Horace Greeley High School… Scored 13 goals and added six assists over his final two seasons… Helped lead Horace Greeley to a pair of league championships and 34 victories in three years… Team captain as a senior… Also played tennis and was a two-time all-league selection and team captain.
Club: Played for Golden Touch, which was ranked No. 9 in the country by GotSoccer… Helped lead club to a pair of EDP 1st Division North championships.
Academic Awards: Williams College Book Award recipient.
Personal: Involved with Peer Leadership and a Pleasantville JCCA volunteer… Son of Steven and Luba Seidman… Father is a 1987 Yale graduate, who played soccer for the Bulldogs.
3 QUESTIONS FOR SEIDMAN
Biggest soccer influences and why? My club soccer coach Winston Buddle. He's been my coach since seventh grade, and he has taught me how to play and understand the game at a higher level. Coach Winston incorporated not only his own professional experiences but those of his son Edson (US National/World Cup, LA Galaxy player) on and off the pitch when teaching our team over the years. When Winston first started coaching me, I was relatively good technically, but he developed my tactical game and understanding of the game as a whole and has turned me into the player I am today.
Do you have an idol or hero? Jamie Vardy. He's not the biggest or most skilled player, but he makes up for it with determination. He never stops running and never backs down from a challenge. His competitiveness and attitude is something I try to emulate when I play.
Why Yale? Yale provides me with the opportunity of an incredible education as well as to be part of an on-the-rise Division I Soccer program. Both Yale College as a whole and the Yale Soccer team have a unique sense of community that I cannot wait to join. It has always been my dream to play at a school like Yale with such a great academic and athletic tradition, and I am looking forward to bringing the Ivy League championship back where it belongs.
Stannard On Seidman: "William is a local product from the Westchester area, and I think it's always good to make sure we have some players and families that live near the area. Will is as passionate about the game of soccer as I have seen and he's a true student of the game, which is what helps him be a good player. He's very technical and reads the game well. He does well to play to his strengths and does a lot of little things really well. He's excellent in possession and moving the ball quickly, but he's also good at looking to play dangerous passes forward to ask questions of the opposing team. He strikes a pretty good ball and is very consistent with his service and set pieces. Will has good endurance and a very strong work ethic and will provide depth in the midfield. He's also very competitive when he steps on the field and he will bring a good mentality in training. Will has developed from one of the best youth coaches around with Winston Buddle and this will serve him well."
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Shattuck St. Mary's Academy
Notes: TopDrawer Soccer No. 75 ranked recruit of 2018… Ranked No. 2 in Midwest Region… 21st ranked forward nationally.
Academy: Comes to Yale from the Shattuck St. Mary's Academy soccer program where he was a top scorer… Tallied 12 goals in his sophomore season, 18 as a junior and has nine with his senior season still in progress… Top 10 goal scorer in the USSDA Central conference as both a sophomore and junior.
High School: Played one year of high school soccer as a freshman in New Mexico and helped lead team to a state championship… Scored 22 goals in 21 games.
ODP: Regional pool 2013/14
Academic Awards: High Honor Roll
Personal: Involved in Faribault community service project in Faribault, Minn… Grandfather, Hunter Temple, is 83 and still competes in multiple triathlon and multi-sport events.
3 QUESTIONS FOR SULLIVAN
Biggest soccer influences and why? My biggest soccer influence at the moment is Neymar. I love his confidence and flare. He isn't afraid to take chances and is extremely technically gifted.
Do you have an idol or hero? My grandfather. The way he trains and competes for his triathlon events at 83 is extremely inspiring and motivating for me.
Why Yale? I decided on Yale because of the academic strengths of the school as well as the ambitions that the coaching staff has for the program. The environment around the program and school in general is what I was looking for in my college experience. The reputation that the school has for academic success is second to none, and I felt that it is hard to beat graduating college with a degree from such a prestigious institution.
Stannard On Sullivan: "Logan has been one of the top 10-15 attacking players in the U18 US Developmental Academy over the past two years. He has a scorer's mentality and is always looking to shoot and score. He strikes a clean ball and will come in with one of the heavier shots on the team. Like Paolo, he has the potential to become a consistent scorer for this program. This season, he has dropped a little deeper to also develop as someone who creates with passes and movement off the ball. This has been great for his overall development. He is constantly moving and buzzing around which is a nightmare for opposing defenders. Logan will have the ability and versatility to play in the front line, out wide, or in the central midfield. He is going to make things very competitive and he hates losing. I want to thank Shattuck St. Mary's for doing an excellent job of preparing Logan and a special thank you to my good friend and former Creighton teammate, Angel Rivillo, as well as Coaches Sean Bushey & Steve Cornish. Logan was recruited by New Mexico and SMU, as well as several other top programs."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity