Men’s Soccer International Duo Lawrence, Petrelli Enter Transfer Portal


Petrelli (left) and Lawrence (right) announced on Instagram they would be departing from the program Sunday afternoon. Photo credit: Samantha Dutch

Samantha Dutch

At the conclusion of their spring season, two more RMU men’s soccer players have entered the transfer portal.

Midfielder Charlie Lawrence and goalkeeper Friedrich Petrelli announced via Instagram on Sunday afternoon that they will be departing the team.

Both spent two years with the squad and have made long treks to arrive. Petrelli came from Hamburg, Germany, and his two years here were his first two in the country and Lawrence resides from Swindon, England. Being from such a distance and new to the states, the atmosphere and comradery were quite notable.

“It’s been awesome so far and I want to thank the Americans for having such a nice hospitality,” Petrelli said. “All the little things like the tailgates after games, inviting me to Thanksgiving dinners, and much more made the move a lot easier.”

“My time [here] has been the best time of my life, getting to see such a great country while playing the sport I love has been an experience,” Lawrence said. “Meeting some of the best people I ever have and making family and friends for life is something I never expected before coming over here.”

Last season, Petrelli started in goal for all sixteen games and finished the season ranking second in the Horizon League in goals against with an average of 1.19. He also ended the season tied for second in the conference with five clean-sheets and was a two-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.

During his first year Petrelli made five appearances with four starts in goal, and he finished the season with 16 total saves. In addition to his impressive stats, he also formed close relationships with the team.

“The program was life changing and we really had a brotherhood within the team,” Petrelli said. “It really gave me a structure for my life and a support system that I am really grateful for.”

Lawrence also saw a lot of action on the field as a key player in the middle of the field, totaling over 885 minutes, appearing in 16 games including 15 starts this year. He ended the season with two points, including a pair of assists. In his freshman year, Lawrence appeared in 14 games while making 12 starts, and he totaled three points with one goal and one assist, carding his first collegiate goal against Green Bay.

“The program meant the world to me and still does,” said Lawrence. “Our team made it so special to be an RMU player, and we were all and still all are a family that I’ll always be a part of. Nothing could compare to the memories I’ve made with the guys the past two years. It’s been amazing.”

Before they move forward, Lawrence and Petrelli had some parting words to those who meant and will continue to mean so much to them from their time here.

“To all teammates, coaches and friends I’ve met along the way here at RMU, thank you for making the experience what it was,” said Lawrence. “I can’t thank the school and everyone involved for the experience I have had here. It really has been an incredible honour.”

“I would like to thank the former coaching staff for providing me this opportunity to play college soccer and my teammates for the support and dedication they have given the last two years,” said Petrelli. “I’d like to wish the new coaching staff and players all the best, and that they continue the path we have began to take.”