July 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State men’s soccer team announced the addition of a fifth true freshman student-athlete for the 2013 season, as Robbie Oslica (Ozark, Mo.) will join the program after a solid prep career.
Oslica, expected to be a defender at Missouri State, joins Ozark High School teammate Jakob Neidig on head coach Jon Leamy’s squad for 2013.
“Robbie is a very intelligent and strong defender,” associate head coach Michael Seabolt said. “His reading of the game and ability to control the back are top class.
“Most importantly, he is a winner. As a staff, we have a goal to work in the community to help develop local talent through club coaching and camps. When the fit is right, we do all we can to have top Southwest Missouri soccer players stay home to play for the Bears.”
Oslica was a two-time all-conference pick while playing for Tom Davidson’s Ozark High School Tigers. He earned All-Central Ozark Conference honors and was selected to the all-district team as a junior and a senior. The Tigers’ captain was also named as the team defensive MVP in 2011 and 2012.
During his sophomore season, Oslica helped lead the Tigers to the best record in school history (21-5), which included a 6-1 record in conference play.
Oslica also had plenty of success in the club soccer circuit, as his Springfield Soccer Club squad has won two state titles, two regional tournaments, one regional title and will compete at nationals later this month in Overland Park, Kan.
Seabolt coaches that club team and said the program’s familiarity with Oslica helped them land the latest piece to their roster.
“We are thrilled to have had the chance to work with Robbie the last few years and are pleased that he’ll be a MSU Bear,” Seabolt said.