Seniors Jake Stovall and Peguy Ngatcha were among 37 players selected as the Major League Soccer SuperDraft concluded on Tuesday. Stovall, a defender, was chosen by the Seattle Sounders, the reigning MLS Cup champions, in the third round while Ngatcha, a forward, was picked by the Colorado Rapids in the fourth round.
Stovall (Centerville, OH/Centerville), a First Team All-Horizon League honoree as well as a Second Team All-Ohio by the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association, was an important part of the Wright State defense this season that allowed just 20 goals overall for a 0.96 goals against average. The defense was even more impressive in league play, giving up only two goals for a 0.21 goals against average. The Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on October 10, Stovall also chipped in three assists offensively, two coming against UIC and one versus Cleveland State.
Ngatcha (Manchester, NH/Kimball Union Academy) was a First Team All-Great Lakes Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, First Team All-Ohio, the Horizon League Player of Year as well as the league's Offensive Player of the Year. He tied for the league lead with 10 goals and was second with 24 points. The Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on October 10, he scored two goals in wins over Cincinnati, UIC and Northern Kentucky, with his other four goals coming against Portland, Duquesne, Oakland and Detroit Mercy. He also had four assists on the year versus Portland, North Carolina State, Cleveland State and Valparaiso.
"I am very excited for this opportunity. It is something I have thought and dreamed about since I was a kid," said Ngatcha. "Moving up to the next level will be a tough challenge, but I am definitely looking forward to putting the work in and proving myself at that level."
"Coming to Wright State three years ago was the best decision I made," added Ngatcha. "I developed a lot in those three years and I will always be grateful to the staff and my teammates. Head Coach Bryan Davis really pushed me to compete at a higher level and made it tough for me, but I appreciate what he and Associate Head Coach Jake Slemker did towards helping me reach this point."
"For Wright State, this is a huge moment for the university, athletic department and men's soccer program," said Davis. "I couldn't be more proud of the two men selected as they were rewarded for the risk and chance they took on a young coach and growing program when they decided to attend here a few years ago."
"Their four years here helped develop them as players but more so as fine men" added Davis. "They deserve all they achieve and all that comes their way. We are very excited for them."
Stovall and Ngatcha become the second and third-ever Wright State players drafted by MLS, joining Winston Marshall, who was selected in the third round by the FC Dallas Burn in 2005.
The Raiders (11-6-3) won their first-ever Horizon League regular-season title in 2016 and advanced to the championship match of the league tournament for the third consecutive season.