COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's men's soccer squad signed seven student-athletes as part of its 2018 recruiting class this week.
I'm very excited about the 2018 class," said Ohio Dominican men's soccer head coach Willy Merrick. "We feel this class can help us fill some spots right away. I'm looking forward to working with these men."
The Panthers earned their first trip to the postseason since the 2013 season this year in their first season of competition in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The team notched a six-match winning streak in the month of October, its longest string of victories since the 2007 season.
Matthew Brian Cron | 5-10 | GK | Education | Ohio Elite | Cincinnati, Ohio / Sycamore
High School: Earned First Team All-Greater Miami Conference honors at Sycamore High School…Named First Team All-Cincinnati by the Enquirer…Won a GMC championship as a junior, his favorite high school memory…In 19 games as a senior, allowed just 16 goals with 85 saves and eight shutouts.
Personal: Son of Richard and Patricia Cron…Enjoys playing rec basketball and hanging out with friends…Picked Ohio Dominican to be close to home and a big city. "The students there are great and I felt very welcome there," said Cron. "Very good fit for me."
Aidan Genette | 6-1 | GK | Nursing | Nationals Union | Macomb, Michigan / Dakota
High School: Garnered All-State honors at Dakota High School…Named to the honor roll at Dakota…Favorite high school memory is winning districts.
Personal: Son of Bridget and Matthew Genette…Has two siblings, Tommy and Sydney…Tommy plays football at Saginaw Valley State…Enjoys hanging out with friends…Picked Ohio Dominican because it was the best academic fit and lived nearby ODU for nine years.
Christopher Klawitter | 6-0 | D/M | Psychology | Kings Hammer Red | Cincinnati, Ohio / Elder
High School: Earned All-Greater Catholic League honors twice while at Cincinnati Elder High School…Favorite high school memory is executing a slide tackle to preserve a victory with three minutes remaining…Also played football and ran cross country at Elder.
Personal: Son of Chris and Heather Klawitter…Has five siblings, Emma, Andrew, Ben, Lucy and Joseph…Enjoys photography, reading and listening to music…Picked Ohio Dominican because he liked the school, team and coaching style.
Jared Oslakovic | 5-10 | F/M | Undecided | Pacesetter | Sylvania, Ohio / Southview
High School: Earned All-Northern Lakes League honors at Southview High School…Notched All-Northwest District awards…Golden and silver boot recipient…Southview Honor Roll student all four years…Served as a student government representative…Tallied 12 goals and seven assists as a senior…Favorite high school memory is scoring five goals on his senior night and executing a bicycle kick…Played basketball as a freshman at Southview.
Personal: Son of Gina and Jerry Oslakovic…Has one sister, Haley…Enjoys playing basketball and other sports during his spare time…Picked Ohio Dominican because "it is a smaller school in a big city that will help fulfill my athletic and academic careers."
Carter Patchett | 5-11 | M | Sport Management | Ohio Premier | Dublin, Ohio / Jerome
High School: Earned All-Central District honors at Dublin Jerome…Named All-Ohio Capital Conference and OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year…Voted team captain and MVP…Notched 11 goals and seven assists as a senior…Favorite high school memories are winning three district titles and losing only two games as a senior…Favorite club memory is winning the National League and making it to the national tournament for two-straight years…Also played ice hockey at Jerome.
Personal: Son of Dennis and Dee Patchett…Has two siblings, Mitchell and Maria…Mitchell plays college soccer and Maria competes in college equestrian…Enjoys hanging out with friends and teammates…Picked Ohio Dominican because "I felt comfortable the day I stepped on campus. I like the soccer program and sport management degree."
Len Sasaki | 5-7 | D | Undecided | Worthington United | Columbus, Ohio / Thomas Worthington
High School: Earned First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference honors at Thomas Worthington High School…Named Second Team OCC Scholar-Athlete…Favorite high school memories are being with his teammates on and off the pitch and scoring a goal against Olentangy Orange during the 2016 state tournament.
Personal: Son of Noriyoshi Sasaki…Enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends…Picked Ohio Dominican for the soccer team, campus location and campus view.
Zachary Ziolo | 5-11 | F/M | Physician's Assistant Studies | Club Ohio FC | Dublin, Ohio / Jerome
High School: Garnered Second Team All-Ohio Capital Conference honors at Dublin Jerome High School…Two-time OCC champion and regional finalist…Scored 11 goals and notched five assists as a senior…Favorite memory is winning a regional semifinal 4-2 and tallying two goals and one assist.
Personal: Son of Mark Ziolo and Ann Beard…Has two siblings, Scot and Jake…Enjoys spending time with his friends…Picked Ohio Dominican because it's close to home and for the friendliness of the coaching staff.
Contact: Aaron McPherson