HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has announced that sophomore Tobi Esche (Bremen, Germany) will join the Bobcats this spring in preparation for the 2014 campaign. Esche joins the Bobcats after a brief stint with the University of North Carolina men's soccer program in 2012.
"I am very happy we have added Tobias to our squad," said Da Costa. "He is a fantastic addition to our program and we look forward to him making an immediate impact. Tobias comes to us from a program that has been to 4 Final Fours in the last five years. His experience at UNC will allow him to step in and help us continue to build on our success."
Esche began his collegiate soccer career this past season as a member of the UNC men's soccer team. Esche and the Tarheels made their way to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Indiana – who went on to win the national title. UNC finished with a 16-4-3 record and clinched a share of the ACC Regular Season Title with a 6-1-1 mark in league play.
Prior to UNC, Esche attended SZ Blumenthal High School and Universität Bremen in Germany. While attending school, he played center back and defensive midfield for FC Oberneuland - where he led the squad to two Bremen Cups. Esche served as the team captain for Oberneuland, but also played for the Team Bremen U21 squad.
Esche joins a successful Bobcats program that will embark on a challenging MAAC schedule next season. In their most recent campaign, the Bobcats claimed their first Northeast Conference Regular Season Title in program history at the strength of an 8-1-1 mark in league play. Quinnipiac made five trips to the NEC Tournament – nearly capturing its first NCAA Tournament berth back in 2009.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule updates as well as the latest news and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
Contact: Tony Distasio; firstname.lastname@example.org