Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Icelanders in college soccer
October 25th, 2007 8AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  college men

MOST COMMENTED

[MAKING A LIST] Colleges have been recruiting Icelanders for several decades.

With the success of Columbia's Rikki Dadason (the Lions' all-time leading scorer with 50 goals) and UNC Greensboro's Siggi Eyjolfsson (the first Icelander to be named a first-team All-American), a pipeline of players from Iceland to U.S. colleges developed.

The greatest Icelander no one has ever heard of is Hjortur Hjartarson, who set an NAIA career scoring record last year with 136 goals for Auburn-Montgomery, one shy of the collegiate record held by Richard Sharpe at Florida Tech (NCAA Division II).

Besides Boston University's Hrafn Davidsson, Jon Jonsson and Petur Sigurdsson, six other Icelanders are playing Division I soccer this fall.

Like Jonsson and Sigurdsson, Northeastern's Petur Vidarsson hails from Hafnarfjordur.

Graduate student Einar Oddson is in his second year at Fordham after transferring from Adelphi. Thorstein Georgsson transferred to Florida Atlantic this season after beginning his college career at Division III power North Carolina Wesleyan.

UNC Greensboro's Jokull Elisabetarson was a third-team all-regional pick as a sophomore last year.

Freshmen Gunnar Kristiansson (13 starts) and Jon Davidsson (nine starts) have fit in nicely for Florida Atlantic and Penn State, respectively.

Auburn-Montgomery, which has finished second at the NAIA national championships three times in the last seven years, has taken the importation of Icelanders to an extreme. The 2007 AUM team features 10 Icelanders on its roster.

Footnote: Dadason and Eyjolfsson went on to have long pro careers in Europe. Dadason is perhaps best known for his goal that gave Iceland a 1-1 tie with France in Euro 2004 qualifying.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Soccer America Men's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] Defending champion Notre Dame is back on top in the Soccer America Men's Top ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
[COLLEGE RANKINGS] Despite its 1-1 tie at Arizona State, defending champion UCLA held on to the ...
Notre Dame, UC Irvine and Davidson top RPI rankings    
[MEN'S SOCCER] Defending champion Notre Dame is No. 1 in the initial NCAA Division I Men's ...
College soccer on the air    
[2014 SCHEDULE] On Thursday, California and Washington open play in Pac-12 men's action. For listings of ...
Orange soccer no longer an afterthought    
[SYRACUSE: Men] Syracuse came into the ACC in 2013 with a reputation as a basketball and ...
Brynjarsdottir is difference for Seminoles    
[FLORIDA STATE-VIRGINIA: Women] An early blast by Icelandic international Dagny Brynjarsdottir, her seventh goal of the ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] After suffering its first loss of the season on Thursday, No. 3 Virginia Tech ...
No. 1 Bruins fall to Toreros as offense stalls    
[SAN DIEGO-UCLA: Men] Defender Patrick Zimmer, a German transfer from Division II West Florida, scored in ...
Sun Devils 'bummed' about only holding No. 1 Bruins to tie    
[ARIZONA STATE-UCLA: Women] No. 1 UCLA trailed for the first time this but came back to ...
Utes show what is possible in holding Cardinal even    
[UTAH-STANFORD: Women] No. 4 Stanford allowed a goal for the first time this season, and it ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives