Bluejays announces 2016 recruiting class

May 13, 2016

Creighton men's soccer head coach Elmar Bolowich formally announced the Bluejays' 2016 recruiting class, as the Bluejays will weave 10 newcomers into the squad.

Transfers Alex Kapp (Amawalk, N.Y. - Boston College), Akeem Ward (Vienna, Va. - Hastings) and freshman Trent Williams (Smithville, Mo.) joined Creighton during the spring season. While newcomers Roberto Anton (Guayaquil, Ecuador), Julius Fohr (Dernbach, Germany), Connor Gavigan (Aurora, Colo.), Luke Haakenson (Maple Grove, Minn.), Riggs Lennon (Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Daniel Ribas (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and Fabio Rumpler (Vienna, Austria) will begin their Bluejay careers this fall.

"We are extremely pleased and equally excited about this year's recruiting class. Three student athletes joined us in January with each having positive impacts during our spring matches," said Bolowich. "They will be joined by some very talented players this fall, to help us offset the loss of our strong senior class from last season."

Kapp is a 6'0'' goalkeeper that joined the Bluejays during the spring season after beginning his collegiate career at Boston College. Having seen time in 36 matches during his career at Boston College, Kapp made 131 saves and played in over 3,000 minutes.

A 5'6'' defender from Virginia, Ward spent the 2015 season playing for Hastings College. Ward appeared in 20 matches, helping the Bronco defense hold their opposition to one goal or less in 16 matches. Having played for the Shattuck-St. Mary's Academy prior to college, Ward joins a long list of connections to the Bluejays from the strong soccer program in Minnesota.

The 2015 News-Press Boys Soccer Player of the Year, Williams graduated from Smithville HS in the fall in order to start training with Creighton during the spring. Williams was a driving force behind Smithville claiming its 14th consecutive Midland Empire Conference title this fall.

Two newcomers, including one familiar name, join the Bluejays from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Roberto Anton and Daniel Ribas, brother of former Bluejay Jose Ribas, each played for Alfaro Moreno Academy in Ecuador. The two midfielders stand 5'8'' (Anton) and 5'9'' (Ribas) respectively.

A 5'11'' defender from Germany, Fohr played for FC Kaiserslautern and Mainz 05 in the German Youth Bundesliga. Over the last two seasons he has been a member of the men's team with Oberliga Club Burgbrohl.

Gavigan is a 6'1'' goalkeeper that played for the Colorado Rapids Academy. Connor practices regularly with the Colorado Rapids MLS team while playing his matches with the U-18 Academy team.

Another recruit from Shattuck-St. Mary's Academy, Haakenson comes to Creighton as a top freshman prospect. Ranked as one of the top 60 recruits by College Soccer News, the 6'0'' Haakenson is expected to complete for playing time immediately for the Bluejays.

A senior transfer and forward from the University of Virginia, Lennon played for the Real Salt Lake Academy before entering the University of Virginia. Riggs had a decorated three seasons with the Cavaliers, playing in 47 matches (including 20 starts). He collected five assists and scored seven goals. The highlight of Riggs time at Virginia was in 2014, when he converted the clinching penalty kick in a shootout of NCAA championship match against UCLA giving the Cavaliers the National Title.

The tenth newcomer hails from Vienna, Austria in sophomore transfer Fabio Rumpler. A 5'9'' midfielder joining the Bluejays from Middle Georgia State University, Rumpler appeared in 17 matches for the Knights last season. Fabio started 16 contests, collecting six assists on 52 shots as a freshman. Prior to his time at Middle Georgia, Rumpler played for the Academy and Reserve team Admira Wacker Moedling.

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