Spartan Men’s Soccer adds four to 2022 signing class

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Men’s Football Head Coach Damon Rensing announced the addition of four players as part of the Class of 2022.

The Spartans will welcome freshmen Jack Guggemos (Okemos, Michigan) and Jeremy Sharp (Roseville, Michigan), as well as transfers Owen Finnerty (Walled Lake, Michigan) and Elijah Howe (Canberra, Australia).

They join former signees Tyler Crawford (Lutz, Florida), Josh Mason (South Lyon, Michigan), Kyle Schueneman (Rochester Hills, Michigan), Jake Spadafora (Northville, Michigan) and Jonathan Stout (Wyoming, Michigan) to the 2022 roster .

Jack Guggemos
Fr., M, 5-11, Okemos, Mich./Okemos High School

Before MSU: Played at Okemos High School for his father Brian…Named Mr. Soccer Michigan in 2021, as well as Michigan Division I Offensive Player of the Year…Named to the Michigan Dream Team in 2021…Won first-team honors All-State in both 2020 and 2021…As a senior, scored 46 goals and 16 assists as Wolves went 20-0-4 en route to the Division I state championship…Sister, Sarra , competed in skiing, winning the MHSAA State Slalom Championship in 2021…Son of Brian and Nicki Guggemos.

Coach Reporting on Guggemos: “Jack had a storybook senior year of high school. A tough year to script. He led Okemos to the state championship, earning Mr. Soccer honors for Michigan State, while playing for his father who was the head coach of Okemos! On the soccer field, Jack is a very technical midfielder who can play both outside and in the center. He is fast and sees the game well. He also has the ability to impact the final third of the pitch by scoring himself or setting up his teammates We also really like the potential of Jack’s leadership qualities and how his mentality affects his teammates in a positive way .”

Jeremy Sharp

Jeremy Sharp
Fr., D, 5-11, Roseville, Mich./Olathe East High School

Before MSU: Played for Won a 2018 USYS National Championship… Trained with Sporting Kansas City MLS second teams… Son of Donald and Stacy Sharp.

Coach Rensing on Sharp: “Jeremy comes to Michigan State from one of the best youth academies in the country. It’s a highly competitive environment, so the path to success isn’t always easy. I have grown to admire the way Jeremy has managed and grown through this process. He has also had to live away from his family while pursuing his football dreams. It takes a lot of maturity and it is a necessary quality to be successful. in academia. On the pitch, Jeremy’s physical condition and athleticism are at a very high level. At right-back, he is very comfortable with the ball playing at the back as well as ‘in forward attack.’

Owen Finnerty

Owen Finnerty
Sr., GK, 6-1, Walled Lake, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central

Before MSU: Played three seasons at Michigan… Started 10 games with 24 saves and a 1.07 GAA, playing over 800 minutes… Played in high school for Detroit Catholic Central… Saw action for Detroit City FC and Last Vegas Lights in 2019… Played club for Michigan Wolves… Father, Bryan, played at San Diego State… Twin brother, Josh, plays football at Cal Tech.

Coach Rensing on Finnerty: “Owen, transferred to us in January. It was great to have him here to train, get to know the players and understand our system and style. The transition was pretty seamless which allowed Owen to focus about school and football. . Owen has a high football IQ and understanding of the game. He communicates and organizes his backline well. He is an intense competitor who pushes himself and his teammates to the limit. training on a daily basis. He also brings the experience of the Division I regular season and NCAA tournaments to a team at the Sweet 16.”

Elijah Howe

Elijah Howe
So., D, 6-2, Canberra, Australia/Radford College/West Florida

Before MSU: Named to the D2CCA All-South Region Second Team, while at West Florida… Registered 1,642 minutes in 19 appearances… Scored one goal against West Alabama for the game-winning goal… Spent two seasons at Goldey-Beacom College. .. Started all 19 games in his second season with the Lightning … Scored one goal this season against Chestnut Hill … Named to conference Academic Honor Roll and CACC All-Academic Team … Recorded GPA highest of all Goldey-Beacom College Male Athletes … Son of Stephen Howe and Delwyn Griffith.

Coach Rensing on Howe: “We are delighted to add Elijah to an already excellent and talented squad. Elijah has proven himself as the best centre-back in Division II and has also excelled at USL 2 level. We have been very thorough in our recruitment process with Elijah both on and off the pitch. His qualities off the pitch matched his qualities on the pitch. Off the pitch, he is a top character, a disciplined person with strong leadership skills. These are qualities who have been very important for MSU Soccer. On the pitch, Elijah is very good in the back and distributing the ball. He has very good passing range. At 6-2 he is very good in the air at both ends of the ball. field. He reads the game very well, which allows him to organize himself and communicate effectively.”

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