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UCF Adds Five for 2019
January 09, 2019
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ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – Head Coach Scott Calabrese has announced five members of the 2019 signing class on Wednesday. The Knights will add Andrew Lizyness, Bernardo Brandao, Jose Aldaco Jr., Itzik Efraim, and Marco Ribeiro to their roster. Lizyness, Aldaco Jr., Efraim, and Ribeiro are eligible to partake in team activities starting in the spring of 2019, while Brandao will join the team in the fall.

“We are excited to welcome Marco, Andrew, Itzik, Bernardo, and Jose to UCF," said Calabrese. "These five young men will have a fantastic opportunity to become integrated into our team during a period of training and competition that truly allows for their development and progress. We can’t wait to get started with them.”

2019 UCF Men's Soccer Signing Class
Name Pos. Cl. Hometown / High School (Previous School)
Andrew Lizyness M Fr. Windermere, Fla./Olympia
Bernardo Brandao GK Fr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jose Aldaco Jr. F Fr. Lake Alfred, Fla.
Itzik Efraim D So. Jerusalem, Israel/Belmont
Marco Ribeiro D Fr. Ocoee, Fla./West Orange


Andrew Lizyness
Midfielder 5-10 Fr. Windermere, Fla

Prior to UCF:

  • Earned All-State accolades his sophomore scoring 25 goals with 13 assists in 20 matches
  • Netted 38 goals in three seasons and 45 matches
  • Tallied 26 assists between freshman and junior seasons
  • Earned All-Metro team honors back-to-back seasons
  • Led team to 2016 and 2018 District Champion titles
  • Won 2016 Florida Cup and 2017 State Cup Championship with club team Acys Spirit United
  • Holds a 4.7 weighted GPA
  • Attends Olympia High School in Windermere, Fla.
  • Intends to major in International Business

"I chose UCF because I believe that they truly value academics and athletics. I feel that the resources for athletes to succeed in the classroom and in their sports are outstanding. After meeting the coaches and seeing them interact with the players, I could tell that the coaches support their players and I want to be a part of that."


Bernardo Brandao
GK 6-2 Fr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Prior to UCF:

  • Earned IMG Goalkeeper of the Year in both his sophomore and junior season
  • During his junior season, logged 515 minutes without conceding a goal.
  • Recorded 10 clean sheets in his third year at IMG
  • Attends IMG Academy under coach Drew Hoffman
  • Intends to major in Business

"UCF is a perfect fit for me not only because of the highly competitive soccer team, but I also feel like the size of campus and number of students bring a unlimited diversity of cultures, opinions and possibilities."


Jose Aldaco Jr.
F 6-2 Fr. Lake Alfred, Fla.

Prior to UCF:

  • Scored 25 goals for Orlando City Pro Academy
  • Plays for Weston FC in Miami under Victor Pastora
  • In his third game for Weston FC, he netted a hat trick and was named PDL Player of the Week
  • Attends Auburndale High School
  • Intends to study Pre-Med

"I chose UCF after I toured the campus with the coaches. I was extremely impressed with everything UCF offered the student-athletes. The coaching staff is one of the best in the country and the Orlando area is amazing."


Itzik Efraim
D 6-0 So. Jerusalem, Israel

Prior to UCF:

  • Played one season at Belmont University
  • Scored one goal while at Belmont and was nominated for Incoming Freshman of the Year
  • Was part of a Belmont defense that only allowed a program-tying record 22 goals
  • Logged 1443 minutes on the pitch for Belmont
  • Was on the Dean’s list for three semesters
  • Won the National High School Championship as a freshman in Israel
  • Three-year captain for his high school team
  • Attended Ort Yad Leibovich High School in Israel
  • Intends to major in computer science

"I wanted to be part of a top soccer program that plays the style I am familiar with. When I watched UCF play, I knew immediately that I want to be part of this team."


Marco Ribeiro
D 5-8 Fr. Ocoee, Fla.

Prior to UCF:

  • Played under head coach Scott Fisher at West Orange High School
  • Led the West Orange Warriors to a Florida State Championship in 2016
  • Named All-County his senior year
  • Held the highest GPA of any male athlete at West Orange in both his junior and senior season
  • Played for the ACYS 00 club team
  • Son of Joci and Liana Ribeiro
  • Intends to major political science and pre-law

"I chose UCF because there is a perfect balance between academic and athletic quality in the program and I want to be a part of that."

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