MENíS SOCCER WELCOMES TWO NEWCOMERS FOR 2017
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Monmouth University men’s soccer team has announced the addition of two transfers to join the team for the 2017 season, including goalkeeper Bobby Edwards and defender Henrique Joaquim.
“We are excited to add these two talented players to our program,” said Monmouth head coach Rob McCourt. “Both have two years of collegiate soccer under their belt, and both are talented, experienced players that bring size and athleticism to the team. The combination of high level college, high school and club soccer should enable them to transition quickly. They will be valuable members of our program in our quest for championships.”
Bobby Edwards is a 6-6, 230-pound goalkeeper from Parsippany, NJ, starting 28 games for the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in 2014 and 2015. As a freshman in 2014, he made 14 starts while registering a 0.99 goals against average and .776 save percentage, earning A-10 Rookie of the Week and Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Rookie Team honors along the way. In 2015, Edwards started 14 games once again, posting a 1.80 goals against average and .702 save percentage. In just two years at Saint Joseph’s, he ranked third all-time in career goals against average (1.38)
ninth all-time in career shutouts (6), and fifth in single-season goals against average (2014 - 0.99).
In high school, Edwards won two national championships with St. Benedict’s Prep, a school that was attended by Monmouth players Miguel Alves, Anderson Asiedu, Zachary Pereira, Andy Martinez, and John Antunes. The New Jersey native led St. Benedict’s Prep to a pair of National Championships in 2011 and 2012 and three consecutive State Preparatory Championships from 2011-13. As a senior, Edwards recorded a 0.13 goals-against average and 14 shutouts.
“Bobby has a tremendous presence in the box,” added McCourt. “He is a leader on and off the field, and his professional habits and hunger for success make him a great role model for our younger players.”
Henrique Joaquim is a 6-2 central defender from Jundiai, Brazil, last appearing for Division II program Brevard College. In two years at Brevard, Joaquim played an integral part on the back line for a team that competed in both the South Atlantic Conference quarterfinals (2015) and semifinals (2016). As a freshman in 2015, he appeared in 16 games with 15 starts, adding two goals in his first season.
In 2016, Joaquim was instrumental in what was tabbed as the biggest upset and greatest win in Brevard’s history. Coming into its matchup with Brevard, Wingate University was 14-0 on the season before Joaquim’s team dealt the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. Wingate would go on to win the Division II National Championship with a 19-1 record, its only loss coming against Brevard.
“Henrique is an experienced and savvy central defender,” said McCourt. “He is big, strong, athletic, and very good on the ball. His range of passing and technique are fantastic, and his strong presence in the box on both sides will be meaningful.”