Photos (L-R): Logan Place, Jack Larter, Dennis Cole, Omar Jiron, Omar Oseguera
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Head coach Michael Linenberger and the Sacramento State men's soccer team announced five new additions for the 2017 season. They join another group of five newcomers signed to National Letter's of Intent in February.
"We're excited about our final five guys that we have committed for next Fall," Linenberger said. "We knew we needed to bring in a big group after losing 10 seniors, so we had the initial five guys we signed in February and we've been working the last few months to sure up the rest of the recruiting class."
The new group includes four freshmen and one junior college transfer. Jack Larter, who hails from Norwich, England, joins the Hornets after playing two seasons at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Dennis Cole, a native of Sierra Leone that went to high school in Los Olivos, joins the team as a freshman as well as Logan Place from Tucson, Ariz. and Californians Omar Oseguera and Omar Jiron. Oseguera joins his twin brother, Ivan, who will also be starting at Sacramento State in the fall.
Meet the Newcomers
Dennis Cole - Fr. - F - 5-7 - 145 - Freetown, Sierra Leone/Dunn School
Played four years for coach Mark Geriak at Dunn School in Los Olivos, Calif...Two-time all-CIF first team selection...Helped team win two CIF Championships in 2015 and 2017....Offensive MVP in 2015...Led team to a 17-1-1 record in 2017 and ended the year ranked No. 8 in California and No. 31 in the nation by MaxPreps...Had 12 goals and 16 assists as a senior in 2017...Played club soccer for Santa Barbara Soccer Club for four years...Led team to 2016 national championship win...Named to Best Eleven players after tallying three goals and four assists at the national championship in 2015...Team was three-time regional champion.
Linenberger: "Dennis is a 19-year-old freshman from Santa Barbara by way of Sierra Leone. He reminds us a lot of (former Hornet forward) Isaac Ikyurav. He's fast, fantastic in the 1-v-1, and just electric with the ball and exciting to watch. He has the speed to get in behind defenses and cause problems. He's a prototypical winger type guy and we think he will come in as a freshman and contribute right away."
Omar Jiron - Fr. - MF - 5-9 - 150 - Concord, Calif./De La Salle HS
Played four years for coach Derricke Brown at De La Salle HS...Named all-East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) first team as a senior...All-EBAL honorable mention in 2016...Was a class of 2017 Top Drawer Soccer national top-150 player...Team leading goal scorer during senior season...Helped team go 18-4-5 overall and 8-2-3 in the EBAL as a senior...Played club soccer for nine years with Diablo FC...On PDP State Team first team 2010-2015...Team captain for his State Cup finalist team in 2016 scoring 18 goals with 8 assists in league play...NPL league champion in 2016 and 2017.
Linenberger: "Omar will join a couple of his former club teammates here. He is an attacking midfield type player. He is creative and will have a lot of assists as a good passer of the ball. That's a position that after the fall we will need some depth. Omar will come in and provide that depth in the midfield for us."
Jack Larter - Jr. - D - 6-0 - 165 - Norwich, England/Lake Tahoe CC/Northgate HS
Played two seasons for coaches Ben Wade and Nick Arbelaez at Lake Tahoe Community College...Team MVP and all-Golden Valley Conference first team in 2016...Mostly played center back but also played forward and scored 10 goals with 11 assists in 9 games as a forward in 2016...Scored twice to rally his team from down 2-0 to tie rival Feather River...Played four years of soccer at Northgate HS in Dereham, England...Had three goals and two assists in a game against Wymondham HS... Also was a cricket batman and ran cross country in high school.
Linenberger: "Jack is our one transfer in the group while the other nine guys are freshmen. We felt we were a little bit thin at center back and a little bit young. Jack comes with some junior college experience and is a little bit older and more mature. He had a great career at Lake Tahoe Community College and we think he will come in and fight for a starting job at center back and will certainly provide depth for us."
Omar Oseguera - Fr. - F - 5-10 - 145 - Olivehurst, Calif./Lindhurst HS
Played for coaches Carlos Corral and Salvador Tinoco...Named all-Golden Empire League and best offensive player in 2014-15...Leads the Golden Empire League with 27 goals through 13 games in the 2016-17 season...Scored four goals in a game to help his team to a 6-1 win after trailing 1-0...Played club soccer for four years with Placer United...Named Played of the Tournament after scoring a hat trick and leading his team to the championship at the Davis Legacy Tournament... Helped his team win the 2015 NPL championship...Scored 22 goals in 2013-14 club games...Twin brother, Ivan, will also join the Hornets for the 2017 season.
Linenberger: "Omar and his twin brother Ivan, who we signed back in February, are very different types of players. Ivan is more of a warrior defender type guy and Omar is an attacking player, more creative and smooth with the ball. We feel that he has a very high upside and eventually can score a lot of goals for us."
Logan Place - Fr. - GK - 6-2 - 184 - Tucson, Ariz./Sabino HS
Played four years for coach Eric Spitzer at Sabino HS...Was 9-8-2 with 118 saves and a 1.76 goals against as a senior...Six of his nine wins were shutouts...Had a 1.05 goals against average and 64 saves as a sophomore...Also had one goal and one assist offensively in senior season...Played club soccer with Tucson Soccer Academy for three years and FC Tucson for two years...Also played high school tennis for one season.
Linenberger: "We lost Philip Bru and we have two goalkeepers returning, including our top guy James Del Curto who will be a fifth-year senior. We needed to bring in a goalkeeper and we think Logan's a good one. He has all the tools and will need to get some college experience. We obviously hope that James stays healthy and sharp all year long and it would give Logan a year to kind of get his feet wet and get some experience under his belt."