MORGANTOWN—After three spring enrollees gave their pledges to continue their soccer careers with the Mountaineers, new WVU men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford has announced that goalkeeper Marc Bonnaire, defender Brian Brown, defender Zakariya Abdul-Jalil, forward Nino Civitate, and midfielder Aden Slifer, will also join the Mountaineers for the 2020 season.
Bonnaire comes to Morgantown from Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Virginia. He also played in 10 matches at the Virginia Development Academy in Woodbridge, VA, during the 2019-20 season, earning nine starts.
At Fauquier, Bonnaire earned All-District honors in 2018 while also playing basketball for the Falcons. He plans to major in Physics at WVU.
A native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Brown played for Totino-Grace High School and was also a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy in Richfield, MN.
Brown played in 22 matches, earning 13 starts for MTA’s U-16/17 team in 2018-19. He also spent time with the U-18/19 squad during his time there. He plans to major in Exercise Physiology at WVU.
Abdul-Jalil played soccer for head coach Erik Engle at George Washington High School in Charleston, WV.
He was the 2019 Class AAA State Player of the Year and was a Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection by the United Soccer Coaches. He also was named to the Class AAA 1st-Team and All-Mountain State Conference team in 2018 and 2019.
Abdul-Jalil, who played his club soccer for West Virginia Futbol Club, helped George Washington to backto-back Class AAA state championships in each of the past two seasons. He plans to major in Exercise Physiology at WVU.
Civitate comes to WVU from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, where he played at Canon-McMillan High School. He also played club soccer for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy at Highmark Stadium in the Station Square section of Pittsburgh.
He led the Big Macs to a 15-4-1 record and a WPIAL championship as a senior. He was a two-time Big 56 selection and was awarded a spot on the All-WPIAL team as both a junior and senior. He also led his club team to a Pennsylvania State Cup title and a U-19 National Title in 2018.
Civitate plans to major in Business Administration at WVU.
Slifer arrives to Morgantown from Douglassville, Pennsylvania, where he attended Boone Area Senior High School. He also played club-level futbol for Penn Fusion Soccer Academy in West Chester, PA.
Slifer led BASH in goals, assists, and points as both a junior and a senior. He also was the leading scorer at Berks Catholic High School (Reading, PA) during his freshman season.
Slifer plans to major in Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship at WVU.
“We are pleased to announce the signings and commitments of Aiden, Brian, Marc, Nino, and Zak,” said Stratford, who played for the Mountaineers from 2004-07 and served as an assistant coach at WVU from 2011-13.
“In light of our current global crisis, this announcement only heightens our excitement for the beginning of the fall and the brighter future to come for everyone. These five incoming freshmen will add quality depth to our returning group. It’s the start of an amazing four-year journey for these young men, one our staff has experienced at WVU, and we look forward to facilitating an incredible student-athlete experience for them, resulting in a lot of success for the team.”
Stratford will announce his international signees at a later date.