by Tony Moore
Saul Iwowo ’26 has been a Red Devil for only one semester, but he hasn’t wasted any time leaving his mark on the soccer field. The 6-foot-3 first-year soccer player from the U.K. led the Red Devils in points and goals this season— with 16 and seven, respectively—and received All-Centennial Conference honorable mention in the wake of scoring two goals against Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
For Head Coach Jorge Chapoy, Iwowo’s potential impact was immediately clear. “From the moment that Saul set foot on campus, it was obvious he would be a huge contributor to the team on and off the field,” says Chapoy, noting the international business & management major’s work ethic and leadership skills. “He’s a very confident and talented young man, and he is also a great teammate.”
Iwowo has played the sport since around age 4. He says his London neighborhood was filled with kids playing soccer and rugby. By the time he reached the end of his high school journey, Iwowo knew he wasn’t ready to stop playing. And before long, with a little recruiting help from high school teammate Andrew Kempe ’23—the Red Devils’ starting goalie—Iwowo knew Dickinson was the place for him to keep going. Now that he’s been on campus for a few months, Iwowo says, his time at Dickinson “couldn’t be going any better than it is,” and that he loves “how the community is so kind, close-knit and goes to many lengths to keep students happy, especially international students.”
As he looks forward to 2023, Iwowo hopes to build on the foundation the team created this season.
“I’m very happy to have had a season like I did this year, and it means a lot to me to be on this team,” Iwowo says. “Personally, though, I hope to do better than I did this year. And as a team I want to finish top three next year, maybe even push to win the Centennial Conference and make the NCAA tournament again.”
If that happens, there’s no question he’ll have played a big role.
“Everyone on the team and coaching staff loves having Saul around,” says Chapoy, “and I have no doubt that he’ll have a huge impact on the men’s soccer program and campus community in the years to come.”
Read more from the winter 2023 issue of Dickinson Magazine.
Published February 24, 2023