Williamsburg, VA - When Legacy 76 takes the field for its inaugural season of play in the National Premier Soccer League this summer, the team will be loaded with talented players with ties to the local community. Head Coach Eric Dutt is pleased to announce that 9 former Virginia Legacy youth soccer players have been added to the roster for the 2014 season.
“Our goal from the beginning (for Legacy 76) has been to provide the top players in this area with a high level, competitive environment to continue their development as players once they graduate from our youth program,” says Dutt. “These players spent their youth soccer careers developing their skills with Virginia Legacy, have gone on to be valuable members of their college programs, and now will be a part of Legacy 76.”
The 9 players include Robert Alberti (Virginia Tech), Preston Bremus (ODU), Sean Christein (CNU), Alec Faulkner (CNU), Steven Farmer (CNU), Reilly Maw (William & Mary), Sean Moriarty (CNU), Patrick O’Brien (Virginia Tech), and Alfonso Speed (William & Mary).
Robert Alberti, a 2009 graduate of Keoughtan High School, is a four-year member of the Virginia Tech men’s soccer program. During his career with the Hokies, Alberti played in 72 matches, scored 14 goals and dished out 5 assists. This past season, Alberti led the team in goals and points.
Preston Bremus, a Smithfield High School graduate, is a member of the ODU men’s soccer team that advanced to the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Prior to joining the Monarchs, Bremus was a starting defender and USA South All-Academic team member at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Sean Christein, a Tabb High School graduate, is currently a sophomore defender at CNU. Despite injuries in 2013, Christein started all 10 games he appeared in and scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist.
Alec Faulkner, a graduate of Christchurch School, will be a senior team captain at CNU in 2014. Faulkner has played in all 60 games during his CNU career. In 2013, he was named CAC 1st Team All-Conference, VaSID 1st Team All-State and NSCAA 3rd Team All-Region.
Steven Farmer, a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Poquoson High School, was part of a CNU senior class that won 72 games. During his senior season, Farmer was named to the USA South All-Conference 2nd Team.
Sean Moriarty, a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Grafton High School, was part of a CNU senior class that won 72 games. After being a 4 time All Conference Team Member - he was twice voted to NSCAA All Region Team and was also a First Team All American in 2011.
Reilly Maw is currently a freshman student-athlete at William & Mary. During his first season for the Tribe, Maw appeared in 18 matches, scored 1 goal and added 3 assists. Prior to joining William & Mary, Maw was a two-time 1st Team All-State member at Tabb High School. He currently holds the school record for goals in a season (36) and goals in a career (86).
Patrick O’Brien, a Jamestown High School graduate, was the 2010 Virginia State AA Player of the Year, 2010 Daily Press Player of the Year and 2010 Virginia Gazette Player of the Year. After spending his first two seasons at William & Mary, where he played in 29 matches, O’Brien is currently a member of the Virginia Tech men’s soccer program.
Alfonso Speed is currently a freshman on the men’s soccer team at William & Mary. Prior to joining the Tribe, Speed was a four-year member of the varsity team at Lafayette High School. In 2012, Speed scored 23 goals and added 15 assists in just 15 games. He was honored as 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-Area by the Daily Press and 1st Team All-Gazette by the Virginia Gazette.
“We are very pleased with the local flavor that this team is made up of,” states Dutt. “It is a definition of their hard work and commitment as youth soccer players that has allowed them to achieve success as student-athletes in college. We are looking forward to them making their debuts with Legacy 76 and showcasing their talents for the entire Tidewater community to enjoy.”
Be sure to join all the Legacy 76 players for the exciting action this summer! The team begins their inaugural season in the NPSL on Saturday, May 17th with a home game against Chesterfield United. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00pm at Sanford B. Wanner Stadium in Williamsburg. For more information, including season ticket information, the season schedule, and more player announcements, visit the team website at www.valegacysoccer.com or follow the team on Twitter @Legacy76NPSL.