Maxime Hoppenot, who was the co-captain of the 2014 Tufts Men’s Soccer team that won the NCAA Division III Championship, is playing professional soccer in Switzerland.
Hoppenot is playing with the 4th tier Swiss team FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy. The team is an affiliate in the Erste Liga Classic Grp. 1 league. They had a preseason scrimmage earlier in the summer and Hoppenot scored two goals in the first half of the squad’s 2-1 victory. He is signed through November.
Hoppenot was a leader of head coach Josh Shapiro’s Tufts team last year, which went undefeated in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) at 7-0-3. They made an undefeated 6-0 run through NCAA’s, with all wins coming on the road. Tufts (16-2-4) set a program record for wins in a season.
During four years with the program, Hoppenot scored 22 goals with eight assists for 52 points for Tufts. His work defensively up front was also a key component of the team’s success.
“He is the most unselfish striker I have ever coached,” Shapiro said on Tufts’ Website. “His willingness to do all of the dirty work, maybe to his detriment as a goal scorer, made a huge difference in our success. His work ethic is second to none and he has an infectious quality. We had our best defensive season in five years, and he was the biggest reason why.”
The FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy has started the season with a 3-1-2 record in league play.
“(Playing for Coach Shapiro at Tufts) helped mold me into the player and person I am today,” Hoppenot said. “I will be forever thankful.”
Professional soccer is in Hoppenot’s blood. His older brother, Antoine Hoppenot, plays for Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.