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DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — With a bevy of returning talent expected on the 2015 roster, Marygrove men’s soccer head coach Matt Johnson knew the upcoming recruiting class would be smaller than usual. On Tuesday (June 9), Johnson inked the first of a select few for the 2015 class when Dearborn Crestwood’s Wissam Ismail signed a Letter of Intent with family and friends at his side.
The signing gives Johnson his first official 2015 commit despite having a few unsigned student-athletes already in the fold for the upcoming campaign.
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Ismail, a 5-10 defender, joins a men’s soccer squad that hosted its first Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) quarterfinal match in program history after recording a 6-3-1 league mark in 2014. The addition of Ismail gives the Mustangs added depth in back, joining veterans and Dearborn graduates Moussa Diallo (Fordson High School), Ali El-Habhab (Dearborn High School) and Talal Hamoodi (Crestwood High School) as defenders on the 2015 roster.
As a two-year varsity member at Crestwood, Ismail helped the Chargers win a 2013 district championship after the team shut out Fordson (2-0) in the semis and Garden City (1-0) in the finals to earn the crown. The crafty defender followed up the 2013 district title with a nod on the All-District Team during his senior season in 2014.
At the club soccer level, Ismail played five seasons for the Dearborn Drive, three for the Dearborn Heights Mustangs and one with Waza FC. Ismail recently earned Team MVP honors with the Dearborn Drive and was also named MVP of the Dearborn Heights Mustangs in 2013.
COACH JOHNSON’S TAKE
“Wissam is a young player with a good understanding of the game and good technical ability,” said Johnson. “He fits in well with our current group of players and we expect him to be a great addition to our program. As a 17-year-old senior, we feel very good about his ability to improve and grow, both physically and intellectually, and we expect great things from Wissam in the future.”
Crestwood High School is the home of Jordan Berry, a former four-year starter for the Mustangs who tallied an amazing 70 goals in 71 career games while donning the Marygrove Green and Gold. Berry’s 70-goal career is 41 goals ahead of the second-place goal scorer and his 151 career points scored more than doubles that of the number two point-getter. Former Marygrove standout Tico Dalipi is also a graduate of Crestwood High School and currently serves as an assistant on the Chargers’ women’s soccer staff.
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Category: Men's Soccer