In the first installment of reuniting fans with former student athletes they used to cheer for, we caught up with a busy Anthony Allison (known as Sargbah Tarpeh while he was here at WilmU), who is currently playing professionally in Sweden. He leads his league in goals for 2014 (when we went to press), playing in his fourth year overseas.
First, some background information on Anthony Allison, who was arguably the best men’s soccer player to wear a Wildcat uniform.
He played for head coach Nick Papanicolas from 2006-2009, and torched all offensive records by the time he left. He finished his career with 56 goals and 26 assists, both Wildcat records. In 2009 he was named a First Team Daktronics All-American on top of being named Daktronics East Region Player of the Year and CACC Player of the Year. He led the CACC with 21 goals and 11 assists in 2009, and carried the Wildcats to a 54-19-9 overall record in his four seasons.
A: After leaving Wilmington, I started my pro career with the Puerto Rico Islanders Football Club in 2010. The following year, I moved overseas to play in Sweden for a club called IKF Sundavall in 2011. Staying in Sweden, I moved up a level to tier four and played for Harnosand FF in 2012. Again, I moved up a level to tier three and played with Umea FC in Sweden in 2013. I am currently playing for Frano SK in Sweden.
A: One of my fondest memories at Wilmington is winning the CACC Tournament (2007). My senior year (2009) was a great season also, not just for me, but for the history of the program. We won 14 games in a row, won a record 19 games, and made it to the NCAA for the first time. It was a very good year for us.
A: Whenever I am on break and back in Delaware, I see some of the guys sometimes. I try to train with Tony (DiVirgilio), so he’s the one I see the most. I always keep in touch with my best friends FT (Fatoma Turay) and Selekie Kamara. They’re my Philly boys.
A: For me, the biggest different is the positioning on the field. I was good in college, but I was still young. When you get to the professional level, there are a lot of things you will learn (that you didn’t in college).
A: Of course I was watching the World Cup! I was rooting for Brazil. For me, every Brazil goal was a great moment for me, but there were many other great moments as well. It was a good World Cup all around.
A: If I could play one more season, I would score more goals and make sure to win a championship. For me, a season isn’t a great season if you don’t win a championship. I know by scoring more goals I will always give the school a good chance of being successful.