April 13, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head men's soccer coach Einar Thorarinsson has signed three players to letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs in the fall.
Nick Love, a 5-11, 155-pound forward/midfielder from Kaneohe, HI; Andrew Hickman, a 6-1, 195-pound goalkeeper from Tigard, Ore., High, and Philippe Garre, a 6-0, 175-pound midfielder/forward from Brophy College Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., have signed with the Bulldogs.
"This is one of the best recruiting classes we've had," Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. "We think Love and Garre will challenge this year for significant playing time, while Hickman will probably redshirt with (Vito) Higgins in goal for his senior year. I think all three of these players will make a big impact during their careers."
Love comes to Gonzaga out of Punahou High and will continue a long history of Islanders in the Bulldogs program, joining fellow Hawaiians Daniel Scott, Higgins and Tye Perdido on the 2007 version of the Bulldogs. He brings an outstanding high school resume with him.
Love was named to the All-State first-team each of the past two seasons, and was named the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu State-Bulletin State Player of the Year as a junior. He was selected the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Co-Offensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons.
He scored 16 goals and had 9 assists in 2006, and 12 goals and 5 assists this past season as Punahou successfully defended its Hawai'i High School Activities Association State Soccer Championship. Punahou lost a tiebreaker for the ILH title this past season, then won a state tournament play-in match to begin defense of its title. In a 10-1 rout of Roosevelt in the semifinals, Love had a goal and an assist to cap a 15-1-1 season and give Punahou its 16th state crown in 32 years since the inception of the championship. He was named to the All-Tournament team.
In 2006, Love assisted on both second-half goals as Punahou defeated Iolani 2-0 in the State title game to finish 15-2 and earn the second seed into the tournament as ILH champions. He scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Hawaii Prep.
Love also started a freshman and sophomore.
Last summer Love was named to the Region IV ODP Player Pool. He has been playing ODP soccer since 2003. He helped lead Kailua Football Club-90 into the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional in Boise, Idaho. Kailua won the 2006 Hawaii Youth Sports Association Hawaii State Cup. He also played on three HYSA Hawaii State Championship teams (2002-04) and was a member of the 2005 runner-up team as a member of the Windward Soccer Club Volcanoes-90 from 1999-05.
Garre played for Brophy College Prep as a sophomore and senior, playing club soccer as a junior. Brophy went 17-1-2 this past season, the only setback a 2-1 Arizona State 5A Tournament quarterfinal loss after being ranked as high as ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) high school rankings. Garre scored 21 goals and added 15 assists in earning Desert Valley Region Player of the Year and All-Arizona honors in leading the team to the Desert Valley Region crown.
In 2005 Brophy earned a first-round bye in the Arizona State 5A Tournament, downed Mesa No. 2 seed Central 1-0 on a penalty kick and lost to East Valley No. 1 Red Mountain 1-0 to end a 16-3-2 season. In 2007 the squad was the No. 1 seed in the State 5A Tournament, downing No. 16 Mountain Ridge 5-3 in overtime, Garre scoring one of the OT goals, then was upset by No. 8 Basha.
He was also first-team at the 17th annual Oceanside Nautical Cup in Oceanside, Calif., Brophy winning the title both years Garre played.
His club teams have won the Surf Cup, Celtic Cup, six Arizona State titles, one Far West Regional crown and been at least a Far West Regional quarterfinalist four other times. His 2004 and '05 Potros club team lost to 3-time national champion Arsenal FC, the '04 team falling in the Far West Regional quarterfinals and the '05 squad losing in the semifinals.
Hickman was a 3-year starter for Tigard High, earning first-team All-Pacific Conference 6A and second-team All-State honors in 2006, and second-team All-Pacific Conference and third-team All-State accolades in 2005.
This past season Tigard went 4-8-3 overall, 3-5-2 for third place in the Pac West 6A standings. Tigard lost in the first round of the Oregon State 6A Tournament. In 2005 Tigard was a member of the 4A Pacific-9 Conference, going 12-4-3 overall and knotting McMinnville for the conference crown at 7-1-0. Tigard defeated Benson 3-2, Sunset 3-1 and Bend 2-1 in double overtime of the State 4A Tournament before losing to Tigard 2-0 in the semifinals to snap a nine-match winning streak.
Hickman posted six shutouts in 2006 and posted a 0.375 goals-against-average in the regular-season, allowing just four goals. In 2005 he allowed just three goals in conference play, two of them in 2-on-1 situations.
He played for the Oregon ODP team from 2004-06, and played on Oregon State championship club teams in 2001, '04 and '06, and was a runner-up in 2005.