Three member institutions of the South Atlantic Conference will send players to the Otters team this season. The conference has historically been a major provider of players for the team the past two seasons. There will be three players from Tusculum University, two from Wingate University, and one from Carson-Newman University.
The Otters add defender James Coady after his sophomore season at Carson-Newman University. The Franklin, Tennessee native joins a long line of Eagles that have suited up for the Otters and made an impact, including: Sam Amure, Dion Stergiotis, Sam Jenkins, and local standout Evan Harr. Coady made two starts as a freshman before missing this season for the Eagles due to injury.
Edgar Cervantes is one of four Tusculum Pioneers players that will be on the Otters this season. The Mexican-born midfielder comes to the Otters after completing a freshman campaign that saw him record three goals and an assist over 16 games and be named as an All-SAC Honorable Mention. He was awarded the SAC Player of the Week after recording a brace against Catawba late in the season. Cervantes is also a product of the Real Salt Lake Academy.
Mattia Ditommaso comes to the Otters after a great start to his collegiate career at Wingate University. The Italian midfielder recorded four goals and three assists for the Bulldogs. In the conference tournament, Ditommaso helped record an assist in Wingate’s opening round win over Newberry. The Bulldogs won the SAC and were selected as a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out in a shootout to Lander University.
Another Wingate midfielder will also be playing for the Otters this summer. Oscar Perez had four starts and 17 total appearances for the Bulldogs during his sophomore season, scoring two goals, including one in their 3-0 win over Newberry in the conference tournament. During the Spanish midfielder’s freshman year he played in all 19 games and had two assists en route to the Bulldogs national championship season. Perez was responsible for the assist on Wingate’s first goal in the championship game.
Paulos Beraki has yet to play a minute of collegiate soccer, but he brings plenty of experience to the table. In England, Beraki was a part of the Notts County FC Academy before coming stateside to join Tusculum University. The quick winger came to the Otters tryout and impressed coaches enough to earn a spot on the 2018 roster.
The Otters will look for Ayuk Tambe to bring the speed up top this season. The Cameroonian born forward completed his first season as a Tusculum pioneer after two years at Century College in Minnesota. Over four starts and twelve total appearances, Tambe was able to score three goals to finish tied for second with Edgar Cervantes for most on the team. Last summer in the NPSL, Tambe was able to score 12 goals in 14 games for Viejos Son Los Trapos FC.
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