EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's soccer Head Coach Kevin Kalish began the process of reloading his roster for the 2013 season with the addition of three transfers to the program.
Gabe Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Jabari Danzy (Park Forest, Ill.), and Lewis Ellis (Wales, United Kingdom) have joined the roster and have enrolled in classes this spring at SIUE. Christianson and Danzy previously competed for Northern Illinois while Ellis comes to SIUE from Memphis.
"We're very pleased to welcome Gabe, Jabari, and Lewis to the program as each of them represents what we look for in a Cougar student-athlete," said SIUE Head Coach Kevin Kalish. "These additions bring three high-character individuals into the program while addressing specific positional needs that were important to us. Additionally, they each bring valuable experience with them, and the individual quality that is necessary for how we play. We're excited to integrate them into the group this spring and see how they progress."
Christianson tied for fifth in scoring this past season with one goal and one assist at Northern Illinois. He scored an unassisted goal in a win over Iona.
He was named the 2011 Gatorade Iowa Boys' Soccer Player of the Year at Kennedy High School as a senior. He pumped in 15 goals and tallied 28 assists as a junior. Christianson earned All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State honors for Kennedy. A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Olympic Development Program, he was a member of the national championship winning Iowa state ODP team. Christianson was ranked nationally by two publications as the No. 48 recruit (No. 1 in the Heartland Region) by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 42 by College Soccer News.
Danzy, also a midfielder, appeared in 11 games this past season and took five shots for Northern Illinois.
A Southtown Star All-Conference performer at Marian Catholic High School, Danzy tallied the game-winning goal in the regional semifinals to lead Marian Catholic to the regional championship title as a sophomore. He was named the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player that season. Danzy scored nine goals, including three game-winners as a freshman, and started every match while reaching the regional championships. He competed in club soccer with the Chicago Fire Academy and Chicago Magic Academy, receiving honors as a member of the Chicago Fire with eight goals in 21 games his junior year.
Ellis, a native of Wales (United Kingdom), played two seasons for Memphis. He recorded six goals and eight assists while appearing in 36 games for the Tigers. He scored twice in a 5-0 win over Drake and a provided a key assist last season in a win over nationally-ranked SMU.
Ellis played his prep soccer at Millfield School where he was the team Most Valuable Player during his final season. He also played club soccer for Clevedon Town FC.