Men’s Soccer welcomes five new Raiders to roster

DAYTON – Wright State men’s soccer head coach Jake Slemker and his staff have announced the addition of five players to join the Raider program and continue their educations at Wright State University.

The newest Raiders are: Uche Odemena, Cameron Radeke, Dominic Ruffolo, Brady Shapiro and Max Williams.

Learn more about each player and Coach Slemker’s thoughts below.

Max Williams – A native of Welshpool, Wales, United Kingdom, Williams comes to Wright State with extensive experience overseas. He has played 12 matches internationally for his home country of Wales, qualifying for the European elite round with Wales while touring countries such as Holland, Belgium, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Ireland. Williams played with Salford City and won the EFL North-West Youth Alliance League in his first season with the club. He is currently playing with club team Newtown FC in the Welsh Premier League. Williams made his Welsh Premier League debut at 18 and has played against the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, and has competed against the best teams in England such as Man United, Man City and Liverpool.

Slemker on Williams: “We are excited about the addition of Max, a goalkeeper with an extremely elite playing background. We are looking forward to seeing him here at Wright State.”

Dominic Ruffolo – A native of Kettering, Ohio, Ruffolo comes to Wright State from the University of Dayton after prepping at Alter High School. He has also played for the Dayton Dutch Lions and Metro Rapids FC, where he was a four-time leading scorer for the club. A two-time All-Academic Team member at UD, Ruffolo was named an All-America by United Soccer Coaches as a senior at Alter, when he was also named Dayton Area Soccer Player of the Year. He was named First Team All-State, First Team All-District, and First Team All-Midwest Region as a junior and senior and was the GCL Player of the Year in 2017. Ruffolo helped lead Alter to the State championship in 2016, two regional championships and three district titles while totaling 42 goals and 24 assists in his prep career.

Slemker on Ruffolo – “We are excited to get a grad transfer with lots of experience to add to our younger core of players on the roster. He is hungry and will make an impact on and off the field.”

Brady Shapiro – A native of Liberty Township, Ohio, Shapiro comes to Wright State after two seasons at Wilmington College and also has played for the Dayton Dutch Lions and prepped at Lakota East. A team captain at Wilmington College as a sophomore, Shapiro was a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference All-Academic recipient and was also named All-Ohio Athletic Conference in both seasons. The defender has started all 29 matches in his career and has also been named an All-Ohio First Team performer and an All-Region player by the United Soccer Coaches Association.

Slemker on Shapiro – “Brady is a transfer who has continued to play at a high level and develop. He has been an all-region player and captain at an early stage in his college career and we look forward to getting him in a Raider uniform. . “

Uche Odemena – A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Odemena comes to Wright State with experience at Pickerington North High School and with Columbus Crew Academy. Named a First Team Ohio Capital Conference selection at Pickerington North as a junior, Odemena was the No. 9 ranked player in Ohio as a junior and was a Second Team ECNL performer with Columbus Crew Academy.

Slemker on Odemena – “Coming out of the MLS Next academy with the Columbus Crew, Uche will be a great addition to the team. He continues to develop into a great player and his ceiling is extremely high.”

Cameron Radeke – A native of Naperville, Illinois, Radeke prepped at Naperville North High School and also has club experience with Evolution SC. Radeke was named an IHSA All-Sectional performer in Naperville North.

Slemker on Radeke – “Cameron is a dynamic attacking midfielder who we feel really good about his skill set. He comes from a great club and coach that has prepared him for college soccer.”

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