Marquette Soccer Adds Three at Spring Semester
Jan. 22, 2018
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University men’s soccer has announced three new additions to the roster for the 2018 spring semester as Lukas Sunesson, Alan Salmeron and Josh Coan join head coach Louis Bennett’s squad.
Sunesson and Salmeron join as early enrollees and will have four seasons of eligibility with the Golden Eagles, while Coan is a sophomore transfer from Pittsburgh with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“I’ve always been an advocate for bringing in players in January for acclimation to college soccer and academics,” Bennett said. “It’s a great advantage to the student-athlete and the progression of the team when players can get a head start and we’re happy to make these valuable additions now rather than wait until the fall.”
Sunesson, a striker and native of Taby, Sweden, brings valuable experience following eight years with his Swedish club, IK Frej Taby.
“Lukas is going to give us a definite threat and presence in the center-forward position,” Bennett said. “He’s quick and tenacious and has played at a high level in Sweden. One of his biggest assets is he’s hungry to learn and get better. This is a player we’ve been searching for quite some time. He’s a well-balanced player with a great set of tools.”
Salmeron, a versatile midfielder from Cicero, Ill., has participated in several U.S. Youth National Team camps (2012, ’14, ’15). Prior to moving over to Chicago Fire Academy in 2014, he was a member of Chicago Magic with current Marquette midfielder Luka Prpa and qualified for the USSDA Final Four.
“We needed strength and depth and a certain kind of creative bite in the midfield,” Bennett said. “Alan has that. He’s a very competitive player who is good on the ball and comes from a program that we’re very familiar with and have gotten many players from in the past. He can play anywhere in the midfield and adds strength and depth to that position.”
Coan, a native of Indianapolis, is a forward who has played his first two collegiate seasons for Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Panthers, he played his club soccer for Capital Railhawks Academy where he scored the second-most goals in academy history. For the Panthers, he notched two assists in each of his first two seasons, appearing in a combined 32 games, which included 25 starting assignments.
“Josh comes from a rising program in Pitt and a strong conference in the ACC,” Bennett said. “He has a keen ability to receive the ball in traffic and a lot of potential to score points in college. We knew him briefly at the US Academy where he scored a lot of goals. He hasn’t quite reached that scoring potential yet in college, but we feel he will fit in nicely here."
“We’re thrilled to have added quality to our junior class and we’ll continue to do so with our incoming players,” Bennett added.
Bennett and his coaching staff plan to announce more additions soon as National Signing Day is quickly approaching on Feb. 7.
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