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Men's Soccer Announces Four New Players For 2006

April 5, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head men's soccer Einar Thorarinsson has announced the addition of four new players for the Bulldogs 2006 roster. Signing national letters of intent with GU are Nick Barclay, Ben Funkhouser and Tim Muravez. Also joining the Bulldogs roster is Joe Hatcher who has been accepted to Gonzaga and confirmed his intent to enroll.

Barclay is a center back at Centennial High in Boise, Ida., where he helped lead his team to three straight Southern Idaho District Championships. Barclay was named to the SIC All-Conference team in 2004 and 2005 as he helped guide CHS to back-to-back Idaho State 5A Championships. Barclay has also earned All-Academic Team honors for three straight years.

Funkhouser plays at Spokane's East Valley High where he was a first-team All-Greater Spokane League selection in 2005. He was a second team All-GSL honoree in 2004. In 2005 the midfielder helped guide EVHS to the GSL championship. Funkhouser is also a member of the U-18 ODP National Player Selection pool for 2006.

Muravez is a defender at Corvallis High in Oregon. He earned first-team All-Valley Conference honors in 2005 as his team advanced to the first round of the Oregon State 4A Playoffs. He was also a third-team All-State selection in 2005.

Hatcher plays at Spokane's Ferris High where he was a second team All-Greater Spokane League selection in 2005 playing defender and midfield. Hatcher was a member of the U-14 Western Division Champions while playing for Yakima.

"I think all four of these players will give us some added depth in our mid and backfield positions," stated Thorarinsson on his latest soccer class. "Each of these players possesses the ability to contribute to our team early in their careers."

Gonzaga posted a 5-5-2 record in the West Coast Conference last season and missed out on a chance to clinch the regular-season WCC title with a loss to the University of San Francisco on the final day of the season.