Providence College Men's Soccer Announces Incoming Class

June 30, 2014


Providence College men’s soccer Head Coach Craig Stewart announced today, June 30, the addition of six student-athletes to the 2014-2015 roster.

The incoming class consists of Lukas Ritzer (Sutton, Mass.), James Townsend (Attleboro, Mass.), Daniel Neustädter (Mainz, Germany), Colin Miller (Bel Air, Md.), Klisman Sousa (New Bedford, Mass.) and Thomas Dieffenthaller (Palm Harbor, Fla.).

Ritzer, a 5-10, 149-pound forward attended Sutton Memorial High School for four years. During his sophomore season, he was the second leading scorer and helped his team win the Massachusetts State Championship. Ritzer also spent three years playing for FC Bolts Celtic Academy and one year playing for the New England Revolution Academy.

Townsend is a 5-7, 144-pound, midfielder and defender. He attended Bishop Feehan High School, where he played soccer for two seasons and recorded 27 goals and 52 assists. He was named to the All-State team his freshman year. He earned Hockomock All-Star and Eastern Athletic All-Star recognition as a freshman and sophomore. Townsend also had an extensive club career, spending two years at Explosion FC, three years at Bayside FC, where he served as captain for two years, and FC Bolts Celtic Academy for two years. While on Bayside FC, Townsend helped the team to three State Championship titles.

Neustädter, a 6-1, 170-pound midfielder, attended Alexander Hegius Gymnasium Ahaus. He played club soccer for FSV Mainz 05 for 10 years, FC Kaiserslautern for one year, and FC Twente Enschede for two years.

Miller, a 6-3, 190-pound goalkeeper, attended C. Milton Wright High School for four years, where he played soccer for four years and earned three varsity letters. Miller captained the team during his sophomore and senior years. During his senior year, Miller helped lead his team to a regional title. He was an All-State Honorable Mention in 2011 and earned First Team All-State honors in 2013. Miller spent his club career playing for both the Baltimore Bays Chelsea 15/16 Academy Team and the Baltimore Bays Chelsea 17/18 Academy Team.

Sousa, a 6-0, 175-pound midfielder, attended New Bedford High School, where he earned varsity letters for all four years and scored 22 goals as a senior. Sousa was named an Eastern Mass All-Star and a Big Three MVP in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also was named the Start Time Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Sousa spent his club career playing for Expos Soccer Club. On Expos, he helped the team win the 2013 and 2014 Maple League Championship.

Dieffenthaller, a 5-9, 145-pound midfielder, attended East Lake High School, where he played soccer for four years and earned two varsity letters. Dieffenthaller contributed two goals each season for the past three years. He also played for the Clearwater Chargers Academy for the past three years, captaining the team the last two years. 



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