Osman O Sillah signs with NCAA, Division II Post University

March 29, 2016

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) men’s soccer coach Enda Crehan has had a special connection with sophomore Osman O Sillah over the last several years.

Not only did he help bring the Finish international to the United States to play at Carlisle School in Martinsville, Va. but later brought him back to his old stomping grounds of the Smith River Sports Complex as a member of the Patriots. Soon, he will become part of Post University’s alumni of which Crehan also is a part of.

O Sillah signed his national letter of intent to play at the NCAA, Division II school in Waterbury, Conn. on a soccer and partial academic scholarship staring in the fall. He will join a team recognized nationally and play for Crehan’s former coach, Ted Haley — a three-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference coach of the year.

“It’s kind of neat that (Osman) can go play at my alma mater and for a team that is usually raked in the top 20-30,” Crehan said. “They’ve won conference and region championships, as well, and play in some really tough conference matches.”

The sports management major had Post University on his radar out of high school, where he competed in back-to-back VISAA state title games under Crehan. He instead decided to take a chance and travel outside of his comfort zone to Prescott, Ariz. to play for nationally acclaimed Yavapai College of the NJCAA. O Sillah said it didn’t work out as he intended and soon found himself back east, playing once again for Crehan, only this time in a Patriots uniform.

Crehan said he commended his key defender for taking a chance, but at the same time was pleased to have him back for a historic season at PHCC. Looking to have a more prominent role, returning east fit his best interest, O Sillah said.

O Sillah started in 15 of 19 games for the Patriots last season at center back and was integral part of a sturdy PHCC back line. At Post, O Sillah looks to do the same as the Eagles allowed 1.15 goals per game in achieving a 13-6-1 record in 2015.

“I feel like it’s one of those roles where you can control the game and is one of the most important parts of the defense. I feel it’s a good position if you’re a player that wants to make a difference on the field and lead the team,” O Sillah said of playing center back.

Post features a multi-cultural roster with 21 internationals from Europe, South America, Central America and Africa present on last season’s team.

Academically, Post University fit the profile O Sillah was looking for. Along with the right financial package and size of school, moving to Connecticut seemed like the most logical choice, said the sophomore. Coach Haley saw him play his senior year at Carlisle and then later sat in for a PHCC practice session while the school hosted the NJCAA Division I soccer championships at the Smith River Sports Complex.

“Soccer wise I’m looking to become a better player and in two years if I’m good enough I’ll continue playing at a higher level,” O Sillah said. “Academically, I’m going to get a good degree and will always continue to educate myself and do as well as I can in the classroom.”

Crehan also mentioned that O Sillah could be joined by teammate James Lee as the sophomore midfielder is interested in the northeast school. As far as his former Carlisle standout, he believes he will continue to do great things on the pitch.

“Osman is a good solid player. You can play him at outside back, as well, and could even push him forward if you need to. He’s just a very good all-around player,” Crehan said.

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