PRINCETON, N.J. (4/11/13) - Princeton head men’s soccer coach Jim Barlow is pleased to announce the incoming student-athletes who will make up the Class of 2017.
"Our incoming class of 2017 is strong and will join a talented nucleus of players who are working hard to return to the top of the Ivy League and to the NCAA playoffs,” Barlow said. “While we graduate a very strong class this spring and will lose some great talent, leadership, and personality, we remain optimistic that with the Class of 2017 our team can be very strong. We recently returned from an incredible trip to Barcelona with the current team, and we can't wait for these new players to join the group in August. This class has talent in several positions."
In addition, Princeton will play two spring games this Sunday, April 14. The games will be 60-minute games played on Plummer Field at Roberts Stadium.
1 p.m. – Princeton vs. FDU
2:15 p.m. – Seton Hall vs. FDU
3:30 p.m. – Princeton vs. Seton Hall
Patrick Barba – Defender
San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker High School (San Diego)
Club Team: Albion White
Barba had a very successful club and high school career before an injury forced him to miss a large portion of his senior year. Barba started his first three years at Francis Parker while serving as captain during his final two seasons. He also won the team’s Leadership Award in his final two seasons and the Coaches Award in 2011. In addition, he has been named first-team All-Coast League and first-team All-Division 4. Francis Parker has won the Coast League Championship in each of the last three seasons.
Barba is also the captain of his Albion White Club team. He has led the team to two appearances in the USYSA National Championship game. The team is also two-time Cal South State Cup Champions and Disney Showcase Champions. Barba was named the 2012 Male Player of the Year for the Albion Soccer Club.
Brian Costa – Center Midfield
Warren, N.J./The Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.)
Club Team: Player Development Academy (PDA)
Costa is coming off a senior season at The Pingry School where he was named New Jersey's Gatorade Player of the Year. He was also earned first-team All-Somerset County and honorable mention all-state. He led Pingry to the Non-Public A State Championship Game and a Somerset County Championship. Costa was a four-year starter at Pingry.
Costa has served as a seven-year captain of a successful PDA club team that won two state cups and one Region 1 Championship before joining the development academy. The PDA academy team has reached the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. For his play with PDA, Costa has been selected for the Super Y National ODP team and was ranked as the No. 118 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Josh Haberman - Goalkeeper
Brookville, N.Y./Syosset High School (Syosset, N.Y.)
Club Team: Albertson
Haberman was a three-year starter at Syosset High School where we was a two-time all-Nassau County Conference AA team award winner. He helped his school win its first county championship in 20 years. As a starter for Albertson Academy, Haberman was named to the Topdrawersoccer.com National Development Academy Team of the Week.
Vikram Pothuri – Center Midfielder
North Potomac, Md./Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School (Rockville, Md.)
Club Team: AC Bethesda
Pothuri has captained his AC Bethesda club team since 2008. The team is the two-time Maryland State Champion and competes in the USYSA National League. AC Bethesda has also reached the Region 1 semifinals on two occasions and placed fifth out of 20 clubs at the Manchester United Premier Cup. While playing with AC Bethesda, Pothuri was spotted by the technical director of FC Bordeaux and invited to train with their youth academy. He was also invited to participate in a US Market Training Center in 2012. Pothuri has also been selected to play for the Region 1 ODP team for trips to Costa Rica, Italy and the inter-regional tournament in Florida. Pothuri was a two-year starter on his high school team before missing his senior season.
Mark Romanowski – Center Back
Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side High School (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Club Team: Albertson Academy
Romanowski recently finished a great high school season where he was named Nassau County Player of the Year and earned NSCAA All-America honors. Romanowski has been a four-year starter and two-year captain for his South Side High School team. Before his impressive senior season, he had already been named All-Nassau County twice and helped his team win the Class A and conference championships in 2009 and 2010. Mark has also served as the captain of his Albertson Academy club team. In addition to his club and high school accolades, Romanowski has been selected to participate in five US Market Training Centers. He was invited to a U14 US National Team training camp and played with the Region 1 ODP team for four years.
Greg Seifert – Midfielder
Woodland Park, N.J./Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.)
Club Team: New Jersey Stallions and NJSA Academy
Seifert captained his Delbarton team to the 2012 Non-Public A State Championship. Delbarton was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation during the season and ended the season as the highest-ranked high school team in New Jersey. For his efforts, Seifert was recognized as a NSCAA All-Region player, a player to watch for the NSCAA All-America game, and first-team all-state. He was also named Soccer Coaches Association North II Player of the Year and Morris County Player of The Year before earning MVP of the New Jersey high school all-star game.
Seifert captained the New Jersey Stallions club team for nine seasons before recently moving to the NJSA Academy. With the Stallions, Seifert was selected for the 2010 and 2011 Super Y National ODP Camps and the Super Y Nationals All-Tournament team in 2010.
Bryan Windsor – Midfielder
Boulder, Colo./Fairview High School (Boulder, Colo.)
Club Team: Colorado Rapids Academy
Windsor has spent time in both the US and Swiss youth national team systems. He has trained with the U15 US National Team and with the U16 Swiss National Team. He has also trained with the youth team of the professional club Grasshoppers from Zurich. This past summer, Windsor entered Nike’s “The Chance,” is a global competition to find the best young soccer players. He was one of four Americans to make the global finals. At the finals he made it out of the first round and into the final round of 52 players. Windsor is currently training and playing games with the Colorado Rapids Reserve team.