UMBC men's soccer welcomes 2016 class

by Steve Levy
February 17, 2016

The UMBC men’s soccer program announced six prospective student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to compete with the Retrievers, beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.

All six newcomers hail from the mid-Atlantic region and have competed at the highest level. Forward Tre Puilliam  (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), defender Trey Vinson (Manassas, Va./Forest Park), defender Colin Weyant (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall), forward Jordan Dove (Gambrills, Md./DeMatha Catholic), goalkeeper Hunter Trefny (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and forward/midfielder Nick Gumbs (Clarksburg, Md./Damascus) will come to campus in August to prepare for the 2016 campaign.

Top Drawer Soccer considered this class as one of the top 20 groups in the nation.

“I feel that this class, without a doubt, is one of the best recruiting classes in the country,” said head coach Pete Caringi. “The six players we are bringing in all have a great resumé of winning at the local, regional and national level. This is the first class we had commitments from after our successful 2014 Final Four run and it shows by virtue of some of the national schools that we beat out for this group.”

Tre Pulliam

Hometown:       Baltimore, Md.

Club:                Baltimore Celtic SC

High School:     Archbishop Curley

Position:           Forward

  • Ranked nation’s No. 87 recruit by College Soccer News
  • Caringi -  “Tre is a big-game player. He is extremely quick and has scored and won at every level. His Baltimore Celtic club team won the national championship and Tre was a big reason for it. He scored over 70 goals in one of the toughest high school leagues in the country which is very impressive. Tre is one of the best forwards coming out this year, no question.” 
  • 2015 NSCAA High School All American
  • 74 career goals at Archbishop Curley
  • All-South, All-State, All-Metro
  • Baltimore Sun Player of the Year
  • MIAA Player of the Year
  • 2014 National Championships - Best XI
  • 2014 Baltimore Celtic U17 National Champions

Trey Vinson

Hometown:       Manassas, Va.

Club:                DC United

High School:     Forest Park

Position:           Defender

  • Ranked nation’s No. 44 recruit by College Soccer News
  • U.S. U-14 / U-15 National Team
  • 2014 MLS Academy East All Star
  • Academy Showcase Best XI
  • U.S. Development Academy Select Team
  • U-16 & U-18 D.C. United Academy Captain
  • Caringi -  “Trey is a top-50 national recruit.  He is one of the top defenders in the country and has been a key player in D.C. United Academy success the last several years. I am very excited that Trey will be joining us at UMBC.”

Colin Weyant

Hometown:       Perry Hall, Md.

Club:                Baltimore Celtic SC

High School:     Perry Hall

Position:           Defender

  • 2015 High School All American Game
  • Captained Perry Hall HS to first ever state championship
  • All-South, All-State, All-Metro
  • Baltimore Sun 1st Team All Metro
  • 2014 Baltimore Celtic U17 National Champions
  • Caringi -  “Another player from the powerful Baltimore Celtic national championship team, Colin is quick and skillful and we are very fortunate to have him commit to our program. He led Perry Hall High School to its first ever Maryland 4 A State Champion. Colin is a natural leader.” 

Jordan Dove

Hometown:       Gambrills, Md.

Club:                Bethesda-Olney Academy

High School:     DeMatha

Position:           Forward

  • Leading scorer for Bethesda-Olney Academy
  • 2013 WCAC Champion
  • DeMatha Soccer Young Player of the Year 2013
  • Caringi -  “Jordan is another Maryland product that continues to develop and we are really excited to have him. He is the leading scorer for the Bethesda Academy and will add a great deal to our offense.” 

Hunter Trefny

Hometown:       Centreville, Va.

Club:                Loudoun SC

High School:     Westfield

Position:           Goalkeeper

  • 3-Year Varsity High School Starter
  • Starting Goal Keeper for Loudoun SC
  • Honor Roll
  • Caringi – “ Hunter will have an opportunity as a freshman to compete from the very beginning and gain valuable experience teaming with All-America candidate Billy Heavner.” 

Nick Gumbs

Hometown:       Clarksburg, Md.

Club:                BFC Barca 97 Elite

High School:     Damascus

Position:           Forward, Midfielder

  • 2015 First Team All State
  • Washington Post All-Metro
  • 13 Goals and 4 Assists during senior Year
  • Maryland Army Impact Player of the Month for November 2015
  • High School Team Captain
  • Caringi – “Nick is a very quick, skillful player that i feel will excel in our system.  He is a great student-athlete that we are excited to have.”  
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