Men?s Soccer Announces Fall Recruiting Class
“I’m excited about our incoming class,” said Eagle head coach Kennedy. “With this class, we feel we have addressed our needs, in particular, with the addition of the defenders and goalkeeper. We are excited to get these student-athletes on campus and on the field in the fall.”
The four native Georgians include one forward, one defender, and two midfielders. Hunter Norton (Evans, Ga./Greenbrier) headlines the list of newcomers. Norton, a midfielder with the Augusta Arsenal Premier, was named the 2009 Columbia County Player of the Year after leading his high school team to consecutive Elite Eight appearances in 2008 and 2009. The midfielder is a member of the Georgia ODP Team and Region III ODP Pool.
A local of Statesboro, Ga., Trent Doty joins the Eagles as a defender. Doty led the Statesboro Blue Devils to a 2009 Elite Eight appearance and subsequently was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Doty played club ball also for the Augusta Arsenal Premier.
Entering in a dual role, Nick Lane comes in as a defender or midfielder having played for the Atlanta Fire USSF Academy. Lane (Suwanee, Ga./CollinsHill) helped lead his high school team to a 2009 State Championship.
A forward from Martinez, Ga., Ethan LaPan is the Student Ambassador at Aquinas High School. He was a First Team All-Area Selection in 2009 and is a member of the Cobb FC 92.
A member of the four-time and defending Virginia State Champions GFA 91 Elite club team, Drew Ruggles (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) joins the Eagles as a defender. Ruggles was a three-time member of the Virginia ODP team. He earned First Team All-Cedar Run District and Second Team All-Northwest Region as a sophomore and First Team All-Cedar Run District his junior season.
Transferring from Nazareth College, Ryan Platt was a 2009 All-Conference goalkeeper at Nazareth. Platt earned ‘Player of the Week’ honors twice his freshman campaign and four times as a sophomore. The 6’1” goalkeeper is a native of Preston, England.
A 5’8” defender, Matthew Brennan hails from Sydney, Australia. Brennan played for the Blacktown City FC club team, which was the highest level in NSW, and has helped lead the team to three premierships in the past four seasons. Brennan represented the state of NSW in the National Futsal competition the past three years, winning two. In 2008, he represented Australia at the Gothia World Youth Cup in Sweden.
Also joining the team internationally, Roberto Lopez Mejia (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) represented the Honduran National Team at the U17 World Cup in Nigeria in 2009. Mejia was a member of the three-time champion of the Association of American Schools in Central America (AASCA), earning Tournament MVP in 2009. In 2008, Mejia qualified for the World Cup in Tijuana, Mexico with the Honduran Team after earning All-Star Team recognition winning the AASCA and Association of Bilingual Schools in Honduras (ABSH).
The incoming class also excels in the classroom. Doty and Lane will graduate with honors, while Lane is also a member of the National Honor Society. Brennan was awarded a Certificate for Academic Excellence in 2009.
Roster Pos. Height Weight Hometown (High School)
Matthew Brennan D 5’8” 160 Sydney, Australia (St. Mary’s)
Trent Doty D 6’4” 180 Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro)
Nick Lane D 5’10” 165 Suwanee, Ga. (Collins Hill)
Ethan LaPan F 5’8” 160 Martinez, Ga. (Aquinas)
Roberto Lopez Mejia D/MF 6’1” 185 Tegucigalpa, Honduras (American School of Tegucigalpa)
Hunter Norton M 6’1” 180 Evans, Ga. (Greenbrier)
Ryan Platt G 6’1” 190 Preston, England (Nazareth College)
Drew Ruggles D 6’1” 190 Manassas, Va. (Osbourn Park)
- Category: Men's Soccer
- Published on Thursday, 01 April 2010 09:15