DeMatha soccer star Arion Sobers-Assue has committed to Florida Gulf Coast, deciding to go back to his home state for college after a decorated two-year run with the Stags.
A first team All-Met in 2013, Sobers-Assue established himself as one of the area’s best players as a senior. He overcame a nagging right ankle injury to score 20 goals, six of which came in the Washington Catholic Athletic Association Tournament. He dazzled the crowd in the final, scoring the game-winner against Gonzaga to bring the league crown back to the school. In December, he competed in the Choice American Hotel’s All-American Game in Philadelphia.
“This year at DeMatha, it kind of gave me a name,” Sobers-Assue said.
Sobers-Assue, who was born and raised in the Miami area, moved to the Washington area after his sophomore year to live with his father and play at DeMatha, one of the country’s best high school soccer programs. Before he left, he vowed to return to Florida for college if possible, and the opportunity arose in December when he played in front of Florida Gulf Coast scouts at the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando.
He took his visit on Jan. 17 and clicked with the coaching staff and players. The Eagles finished 8-7-2 (6-1 in Atlantic Sun play) last fall, and played a challenging non-conference schedule that included matches against Wisconsin, Washington, Seattle and Princeton.
The scheduling, weather and close proximity to his family were all major factors in the decision for Sobers-Assue. He won interest by other schools, including Villanova and West Virginia, but his recruitment didn’t materialize until late. His ultimate goal is to play professionally overseas, and college is the next step in that process.
“They’re just really accepting people that really wanted to come play there, to play at their school,” Sobers-Assue said. “Since they play tough out-of-conference games, they make the NCAA tournament because they have a strong team…they can show people how good they really are. “