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Men's Soccer

The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team competes at the NJCAA Division I level and plays its home games at the Knox County YMCA. Men’s soccer began as an intercollegiate sport at Sandburg in 2008, but the College has also fielded a number of club teams throughout its history.

Region IV Champions Division Champions

2019 Men's Soccer Roster
2019 roster
High School
00 Felipe Petry Fr. Barao, Brazil Instituto Estadul de Educacao
0 Leonardo Amorim Fr. Sanata Catarina, Brazil Colegio Catarinese Florianopolis
1 Iker Sanchez Fr. Miami, Fla. Immaculata LaSalle
2 John Ameganvi Fr. Beardstown, Ill. Beardstown
3 Andres Caceres Fr. Miami, Fla. Immaculata LaSalle
4 Lucas Oliveira Dantas Fr. Minas Gerais, Brazil Cotegmig-Belo Horizonte
5 Lucas Rodrigues Fr. Miami, Fla. Immaculata LaSalle
6 Benjamin Zambele So. Beardstown, Ill. Beardstown
7 Murphy Domitien Fr. Beardstown, Ill. Beardstown
8 Antonio Ferreira So. Cochal, Brazil ETEC Prefeito Alberto Feres
9 Arlen Navarro Fr. Miami, Fla. Sports Leadership & Management
10 Erick Suarez So. Monmouth, Ill. Monmouth-Roseville
11 Mohamed Elshafie Fr. Miami, Fla. Immaculata LaSalle
12 Gedeon Mukeba So. Galesburg, Ill. Galesburg
13 Kevin Murillo Fr. Miami, Fla. Sports Leadership & Management
14 Rodrigo Raygoza Fr. Monmouth, Ill. Monmouth-Roseville
15 Kyle Neacy Fr. Bunbury, Australia SEDA
16 Rodrick Ngandu So. Galesburg, Ill. Galesburg
17 Juan Leal Fr. Bogota, Colombia Colegio Beato Jordan de Sajonia
18 Alan Ayala Fr. Monmouth, Ill. Monmouth-Roseville
19 Rhys Holt Fr. Flintshire, Wales Hawarden Deeside Town
20 Pedro Henrique Gomes Fr. Sao Paulo, Brazil Colegio Objetivo Ribeirao Pires
21 Luis Cuevas Fr. Ponce, Puerto Rico Vocational Bernardino Cordero
22 Lucas Mitihiro Sueyoshi Fr. Sao Paulo, Brazil Colegio Sao Jose Santa Andre
23 Hector Munos Fr. Miami, Fla. Sports Leadership & Management
24 Kiefer Placher Fr. Chillicothe, Ill. Illinois Valley Central
25 Wyatt Mayor Fr. Galesburg, Ill. Galesburg

Head coach: Kevwe Akpore
Assistant coaches: Victor Dantas, Oscar Narvaez

2019 Men's Soccer Schedule

2019 Schedule

Overall record: 6-11-2
Region IV record: 4-10-2
2019 schedule
Thursday, Aug. 22 1 p.m. Scott (Iowa) HOME W, 3-0
Sunday, Aug. 25 2 p.m. Prairie State* HOME T, 1-1
Wednesday, Aug. 28 4 p.m. Lincoln Land Springfield W, 3-2
Saturday, Aug. 31 2 p.m. McHenry County* HOME T, 1-1
Monday, Sept. 2 4 p.m. Lake County* HOME L, 2-0
Wednesday, Sept. 4 4 p.m. Bryant & Stratton* HOME W, 3-0
Saturday, Sept. 7 2 p.m. Waubonsee* HOME L, 3-2
Wednesday, Sept. 11 4 p.m. South Suburban* South Holland L, 2-1
Saturday, Sept. 14 2 p.m. Morton* Cicero L, 3-0
Monday, Sept. 16 4 p.m. Kennedy-King* Chicago W, 4-0
Wednesday, Sept. 18 4 p.m. DuPage* Glen Ellyn L, 4-0
Saturday, Sept. 21 6 p.m. Richard J. Daley* HOME W, 2-0
Wednesday, Sept. 25 4 p.m. Malcolm X* Chicago W, 3-2
Monday, Sept. 30 4 p.m. Truman* Chicago L, 2-1
Saturday, Oct. 5 2 p.m. Moraine Valley* Palos Hills L, 4-0
Wednesday, Oct. 9 2 p.m. Heartland Normal L, 5-0
Saturday, Oct. 12 1 p.m. Kishwaukee* HOME L, 1-0
Monday, Oct. 14 4 p.m. Kankakee* Kankakee L, 1-0
Thursday, Oct. 17 5 p.m. Oakton* HOME L, 1-0
Sunday, Oct. 20 4 p.m. Knox JV (scrimmage) Galesburg


*Region IV match
All home games played at Knox County YMCA

Coaching Staff


Head Coach

Kevwe Akpore

Kevwe Akpore took over as interim coach of the Carl Sandburg College men's soccer team during the 2017 season and was promoted to head coach shortly after the conclusion of that season.

Sandburg’s 6-1 win over McHenry County in Akpore’s debut matched the team’s largest margin of victory in 2017 and was the Chargers’ highest scoring output of the year. Akpore also was an assistant for Sandburg in 2016 and serves as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at the College.

Akpore has been a staple of the Galesburg soccer community for nearly three decades. He served as the women’s soccer coach at Knox from 2001-02 after a three-year stint as an assistant, and he was the Prairie Fire’s men’s soccer coach from 2010-11. He also spent several years as a midfielder with FC Galesburg and has volunteered as a coach with the Knox County YMCA and Galesburg High School.

Akpore and his wife, Tracy, reside in Galesburg and have adult twin daughters, Kiara and Sade, who played collegiately at Southern Illinois Edwardsville.

Assistant Coaches

Victor Dantas
Oscar Navaez
Ryan Wessling