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James

Fletcher

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#12

Defense
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 136
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Canberra, Australia
High School: UC SSC Lake Ginninderra

Bio

International: At just 18 years of age in 2019, has played in 45 games across three years in Canberra's highest level of competition... Played every minute as a defensive midfielder at the Gungahlin United's 2018 Football Federation Australia campaign, where professional and amateur teams from across Australia compete in a knockout cup competition... Reached regionals... Played in the Australian National Youth League, comprised of the best U-23 players from nine professional clubs across the country, and made his starting debut at just 16 years of age...  Played for the Football Federation Australia Centre of Excellence (FFA CoE) squad from 2016-17, comprised of Australia's best youth players (U15s-U-17s) and selected from the NTC Challenge... Made his starting debut in the NPL Men's First Grade competition, Canberra's highest level of football, at just 15 years of age, and finished in second place during the program's final year (2016), the highest FFA CoE finish in six years... Recorded three goals and eight assists in two years as a fullback... Also spent time with Canberra United, Canberra's inaugural team in the competition... Considered one of the most consistent performers for Canberra United across his final two seasons... Played for the Australian National U-17 Team in 2016... U-16's Asian Football Federation Championship winner and World Cup qualifiers.

High School/Personal: Enrolled at Saint Joseph's University for the Spring 2019 semester... International player from Canberra, Australia... Attended University of Canberra Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra (UC SSC Lake Ginninderra) from his sophomore year of high school through graduation... As a senior, led UC SSC Lake Ginninderra in both futsal and outdoor competition... Scored in every match except for one during ACT School Outdoor Soccer Competition... Won the ACT School Futsal Competition, going 5-1 in the group stage en route to a 9-1 semifinal win and 13-2 final win for the school's first ACT victory in three years... Went undefeated in the NSW South Coast Futsal Competition and scored a hat trick in the 4-0 final win for the school's first title in seven years... Reached quarterfinals of the School Futsal NSW competition... As a junior, scored twice and had an assist over Dickson College to help school win the ACT School Outdoor Soccer Competition... As a sophomore, did not compete for the school and instead played for the Australian National U-17 Team... Attended Daramalan College as a freshman... Captained both the futsal and outdoor team to tournament wins... Won the ACT Futsal Championship... Led program to first Bill Turner Cup semifinal win in nearly 15 years... Won the local ACT School Outdoor Soccer Cup to qualify for national competition... Defeated nationwide squads before losing to reigning champion... Related to Adam Ballinger, a former professional basketball player (12 seasons in the Australian National Basketball League) and graduate of Michigan State... Volunteered with the Red Cross via Canberra United and with the Make-A-Wish Foundation via FFA CoE... Three-time Daramalan School cross country champion (2013-15)... Came in third in the ACT state competition twice (2014-15).

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