Rowe signs professional contract with Tormenta FC
Former Young Harris College men's soccer player Mikie Rowe has signed to play professionally with the South Georgia Tormenta FC.
South Georgia Tormenta FC is located in Statesboro, Georgia, and is a member of United Soccer League's newly minted League One that begins play this spring. Rowe has played the past two summers for Tormenta FC, leading them to the Deep South Division championship team in 2018.
The senior forward from Wexford, Ireland, earned the two top individual awards from the United Soccer Coaches last month. Rowe was named the NCAA Division II Men's National Player of the Year and the NCAA Division II Men's National Scholar Player of the Year. Rowe is the second Young Harris player to swipe both awards in the same year since the Mountain Lions became an active NCAA Division II institution five years ago.
Rowe became the 13th player in league history to score 20 or more goals in a season with 22 to lead the PBC in 2018. The senior midfielder from Wexford, Ireland, is finished third in NCAA Division II with 1.16 goals per game, and fourth in points per game (2.58), goals (22) and points (49). His 22 goals was the eighth-highest single-season total in PBC history and his conference-leading 49 points was tied for 11th most. Named the PBC Player of the Week four times this year and the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Sept. 13, he also led the PBC in game-winning goals and shots. The 2018 United Soccer Coaches first team All-American, the 2018 United Soccer Coaches first team Scholar All-American, and the 2018 Google Cloud second team Academic All-American, was the fourth Mountain Lion to be named the PBC Player of the Year and kept the award at Young Harris for the fifth time in the last six years. Rowe earned the league's Select Sports Golden Ball Award for scoring the most goals.
In his career in the Enchanted Valley, Rowe played in 78 matches with 63 starts. In 4,293 minutes of action, Rowe scored 46 goals and assisted on 13 others for 105 points with 12 game-winning goals. He is second all-time in the YHC NCAA-era record book in goals and points, third in game-winning goals and 10th in assists.
Rowe graduated from Young Harris in December with a bachelor's degree in business management and a minor in sport studies.
Rowe is the eighth former YHC men's soccer player to sign a professional contact. Anuar Kanan signed with Las Vegas Lights FC in 2017. Paco Craig signed with Louisville City FC in 2016, while YHC Athletics Hall of Famer Niall McCabe and Ilija Ilic signed in 2015 with the Louisville City. Craig, McCabe and Ilic led Louisville City FC to back-to-back USL titles in 2017 and 2018. Ilic will begin play for the USL's Indy Eleven this spring Lewis Hilton signed originally with the Charlotte Independence in 2016 and now plays for the USL's Saint Louis FC . Samuel Mansour and Khurram Shazad signed to play for the WSG Swarovski Wattens in Austria in 2015.
The Mountain Lions finished the season at 17-1-1 and ranked No. 7 in the final United Soccer Coaches Division II poll. The Mountain Lions captured their fourth Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles as they earned the No. 1 seed from the Southeast region in NCAA Division II Tournament in 2018. It was the fourth trip for Young Harris to the NCAA Tournament.