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Men's soccer welcomes four recruits to 2019 roster

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — Ryerson’s men’s soccer team has announced its four newest recruits for the upcoming season in Antony Curic, Luca Di Marco, Aryan Hakim, and Henrique Rodrigues. 

The quartet of players are set to join the Rams as they kick off their 2019 campaign at the end of August. 

The Rams will look to hit the ground running this season after a disappointing end to last year’s playoff run. The team wrapped up the 2018 regular season ranked second league-wide in goals (45), shots (243), and assists (28).  Ryerson still houses some of the most dynamic goal scorers in the OUA, set to return all but two players from last year’s roster. The team will hope to build on their previous year’s success as they look ahead into 2019. 

Ryerson head coach Filip Prostran says this year’s recruiting class is filled with exceptional student-athletes. 

“Their commitment to academics and athletics is a perfect fit for what we are building here at Ryerson,” says Prostran. “I expect Antony, Luca, Aryan, and Henrique to be the pillars this program leans on year after year. We not only add these special young men to our program but also their families who have supported and raised them to be successful at this stage of their lives.” 

The full list of recruits can be found below, in alphabetical order. 

Antony Curic - Midfield - Mississauga, Ont.

Mississauga native Anthony Curic is set to join the Rams after spending the last four years with Erin Mills Soccer Club. 

“Antony has the ability to play an important role on this team for several years to come,” says Prostran. “His decision making, technical ability, and vision are what separate him from other players his age. Tony has a huge upside and we are looking forward to his contribution to our program and the university.”

Over the course of his time with Erin Mills, Curic has helped his team to several Golden Horseshoe Soccer League (GHSL) medals and two Ontario Cup championships (2016, 2017). Curic was offered a trial with FC Lorient, a French Ligue 2 soccer club, something he names as the highlight of his athletic career so far.  

Curic also played four years for his high school team at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School where he was named team MVP as a senior. 

A three-time honour roll student at St. Francis Xavier, Curic is set to enter Ryerson’s Arts and Contemporary Studies program in September. He says he chose Ryerson because of the competitive sports environment and excellent academic reputation. 

“The men’s soccer team has been consistently pushing for titles every year and I want to be part of an environment that has a mindset of winning,” says Curic. “From the academic side, I hear nothing but positive things from the school and I am excited to further my studies here.”

Luca Di Marco - Forward/Striker - Aurora, Ont. 

Luca Di Marco joins the Rams this summer after spending the last three years with ANB Futbol in East Gwillimbury. A two-time league champion with ANB, Di Marco has also capitalized on opportunities to train internationally, traveling to Spain to represent Canada as apart of Generation Adidas’ international program. 

“Being 1 of 15 players chosen to represent Canada at the Generation Adidas Madrid Tour has been the highlight of my career,” says Di Marco.  “I had the privilege to train at the Real Madrid training facilities and compete against teams from La Liga.”

Prior to his time with ANB Academy, Di Marco competed with Richmond Hill S.C. (2015-2017) and the Vaughan Azzuri (2013-2015). 

“Luca has athletic ability that is difficult to find at the university level,” says coach Prostran. “His combination of technique and physicality are the cornerstones of his current and future success on the field, we are thrilled to have Luca join our family.”

A four-time honour roll student at Cardinal Carter Catholic High School, Di Marco will study Business Management at Ryerson. 

“The school offers a great academic reputation and the opportunity to participate with a successful soccer program under the guidance of a respected coach,” says Di Marco.

Aryan Hakim - Midfield - King City, Ont. 

Aryan Hakim is set to join ANB teammate Luca Di Marco on the Rams this year. Hakim, a King City native, has played for the team for the last 10 years and won three straight league championship with ANB Academy (2016, 2017, 2018), contending at both the U16 and U20 levels in the Soccer Academy Alliance Canada (SAAC). 

“Aryan is a very versatile player who has the ability to impact our team in several different ways,” says Prostran. “His work rate, attitude and discipline will serve him well both on and off the field. Adding a student-athlete like Aryan is a huge win for our program both in the short and long term.”

A graduate of Country Day School, Hakim names the school’s Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) 2016 championship run as the highlight of his athletic career thus far. Hakim was named team MVP after leading the school to their first CISAA championship in two and a half decades.

“The team had not won the cup for roughly 25 years so winning the championship meant a lot to my teammates and I,” says Hakim. 

Hakim will enter Ryerson’s history program in the fall, stating he chose to attend Ryerson because of the soccer program’s reputation and the location of the university’s campus. 

“I’ve heard great things about Ryerson’s soccer program and I’m looking forward to being a part of it,” says Hakim. “I also love the location; downtown Toronto is filled with life and diversity. I couldn’t think of a better place to be.” 

Henrique Rodrigues De Jesus - Defender - Oakville

Henrique Rodrigues is set to join Erin Mills teammate Antony Curic on the Rams in August. Rodrigues spent the last two years with Erin Mills, formerly playing for the Oakville Blue Devils (2017-2018) and Oakville S.C. (2012-2017). He was recently crowned a 2019 Indoor Ontario Cup champion with Erin Mills. 

“His on-field ability mixed with his strong academics make him a perfect fit for what our program stands for,” says Prostran. “The addition of Henrique makes us stronger across the backline immediately”

Earlier this year, Rodrigues traveled to Portugal to play against top international academy teams, naming this as the highlight of his athletic career thus far. 

Rodrigues self-describes as a “hard-working and competitive athlete who is always willing to do whatever it takes to get better.”

A graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Rodrigues is set to enter Ryerson’s Business Management program in the fall. Similar to his fellow recruits, Rodrigues says he chose to attend Ryerson because of the university’s excellent academic and athletic reputation. 

“I wanted to go somewhere with good academics and a good soccer program and, at Ryerson, they offer both of those things,” says Rodrigues. 

The Rams men's soccer team open the regular season on the road with a match against the Queen's Gaels on Saturday, August 31st.


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