HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University men’s soccer squad has added five additional student-athletes for the 2014 campaign as Addison Coleman, Adrian Herrera, Vamuyan “MJ” Sheriff, Thalles Silva and George Cant are set to join the Railsplitters in the fall, head coach Helio D’Anna announced on Tuesday.
The Railsplitters have now added 15 fresh faces for the upcoming season, and those newbies join a roster that returns seven of the nine players to score at least one goal last season. Lincoln Memorial capped the 2013 campaign with a 9-8-2 overall mark and a 6-4-1 ledger in South Atlantic Conference action. The Railsplitters ended their season with a loss to eventual tournament champion Queens in the semifinals of the Food Lion SAC Championship in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Listed as a 6-4 goalkeeper, Addison Coleman hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee and Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences. Along with his prep career, Coleman competed at the club level for CFCA Chattanooga. While at Lincoln Memorial, Coleman plans on pursuing a degree in Athletic Training. He is the son of Cedric Coleman and Chas Barnes.
Regarding Coleman, Helio D’Anna stated, “Addison is very athletic with tremendous potential. He has very good fundamentals and will develop into a great college keeper.”
Adrian Herrera is a 6-2 forward making his way to Harrogate from Austin, Texas and David Crockett High School. Herrera competed at the club level for the Dynamo Juniors. The son of Jose and Hortencia Herrera, he will pursue a degree in Business during his stay with the Railsplitters.
On Herrera’s addition to the Railsplitters’ roster, David Crockett High School soccer coach David Dupont said, “Adrian will be a tremendous asset to LMU in talent, leadership, and community participation.”
Arriving from nearby Knoxville, Tennessee and Central High School, Vamuyan “MJ” Sheriff is a 5-11 defender/forward combo who played his club ball with Inter Futbol Academy. Sheriff plans on completing work towards a degree in Sciences/Pre-professional while at Lincoln Memorial. He is the son of Musa Sheriff and Manjay Kanneh.
Regarding Sheriff, Central High School head soccer coach Russ Wise stated, “MJ was voted District player of the year in 2014. He is fast, strong, smart and determined.”
Thalles Silva is a 5-9 midfielder who already has a semester at Lincoln Memorial under his belt as he arrived from Cotia, Brazil and Prof. Andromico De Mello High School in the spring. A transfer from Mario Schenberg College in Brazil, Silva also competed at the club level for Cotia FC. Silva will complete his course work for a Business degree while with the Railsplitters. He is the son of Robinson da Silva and Tatiany Sanches.
Regarding Silva, D’Anna added, “Thalles is very quick, skilled and dynamic. His work ethic as a midfielder is excellent and so is his vision.”
Also added during the spring semester, George Cant is a 6-0 midfielder/forward combo from Ockbrook, England and West Park High School. Cant played club ball for Borrowash Victoria AFC, and he plans on pursuing a Psychology degree from Lincoln Memorial. He is the son of Steve and Michele Cant.
On the addition of Cant for the 2014 season, D’Anna said, “George has exceptional potential. He is skilled, strong, and can play several positions.”
The 2014 men’s soccer season opens on September 5 in Columbus, Georgia as the Railsplitters square off against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in the first game of the Columbus State Classic.