June 23, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Two more players will join the LMU men's soccer team this fall, increasing the number of newcomers to nine. Former United States Under-17 National Team member Adam Sloustcher will transfer from the University of North Carolina and add depth to the Lion defense. In addition, Ankit Rawat completes the incoming class for the fall.
"Our main focus of this recruiting class has been to bring in central defenders, add depth to our corps of forwards, and players suited to a wide midfield role," said Lions Head Coach Paul Krumpe. "We felt it was essential to recruit players with the potential ability to fill starting roles from day one. With this class, I think we have certainly accomplished that goal. We also have added two very versatile attacking players."
Sloustcher joins the Lions after spending two years as a Tarheel. Sloustcher brings a wealth of experience as he started in 19 games over this period, and appeared in 37. He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team in 2004 and was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's All-Freshman Second Team. Sloustcher is a former member of United States Under-18 National Team and was a member of the United States Under-17 National Team Residency Program and a graduate of Edison Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He served as the captain of the Region IV 1987 Olympic Development Program team in 2001, 2002, and 2003, where he played with current Lions Diego Barrera, Jay Singh, and newcomer Josh Carroll.
"Adam is an excellent player with a tremendous pedigree and exceptional leadership skills. This is a unique situation for our program to be able to add a player of his proven quality to what is already a very talented team. He will instantly add a new dimension to our back line and he will be one of the top defenders in the WCC," said Krumpe.
One of two true attacking players in the Lions 2006 class, Brad Stisser, an attacking midfielder/forward, joined the Lions in January after spending the fall of 2005 as a member of the successful Coastal Carolina program. Stisser is a former member of the 1986 Region IV ODP team, and played with current Lions Garrett Maloney, Bo Miller, and Nick Blanco on the 1986 Colorado State ODP team, which won a National ODP Championship in 2004. During the 2005 season for Coastal Carolina, Stisser appeared in nineteen games, starting eleven and tallied one goal and three assists.
"Brad is an excellent player who knows how to score goals, which we needed to add with the graduation of Armando Melendez. This is a great situation for our program to be able to add a player of his quality to what is already a very talented team. He is a very mature young man and has the potential to be one of the top attacking players in the WCC," said assistant coach Mathes Mennell.
Joining Stisser from the Colorado club soccer ranks are midfielders Josh Carroll and Pasquale Murillo. Krumpe, a former U.S. National Team defender, is excited about the addition of the three products of the Rocky Mountains, stating, "these three young men are very athletic, aggressive, and accomplished players and will immediately challenge for starting spots in our team."
An All-State selection for East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Carroll (5'11", 170 lbs) was a member of the 1987 Region IV ODP team with Diego Barrera. He was also a key member of the Colorado Rush team that captured the 2004 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship.
"Josh is a very versatile player who could very well be a major contributor this fall. He has the ability to play wide on the left or the right and possesses some great physical attributes," Krumpe said.
Named First Team All-State in 2005 for Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, Murillo (6'0", 180 lbs) was also a starter on the Real Colorado team that captured the 2005 Region IV Championship and finished 2nd in the 2005 USYSA U-17 National Championships.
"Pasquale is a very gritty, competitive type of player. His work rate and attitude will instantly help to replace the physical presence and versatility we lose with the graduation of Jimmy Burling," said LMU assistant coach Brian Irvin.
Blayze Hanson (6'0", 165 lbs), from Palos Verdes, California is a member of the South Bay Soccer Club U-19 Black team, which was the 2004 U-18 Champion of the prestigious Coast Soccer League Premier Bracket. Named 1st Team All-CIF and selected the 2006 Mission League Defensive Player of the Year, Hanson lead Loyola High School of Los Angeles to a CIF Southern Section Division II Championship in 2005 and berths in the final in 2004 and 2006.
"Blayze is one of the best backs to come out of the South Bay in recent years. He has the potential to be a big part of what we will try to accomplish in 2006," Krumpe commented.
Wilkie Johnson (6'3", 180 lbs), a defender from Palos Verdes, California starred at Peninsula High School and will follows in the footsteps of former Peninsula players Jeff Kovar, Matt Kovar, Danny Williams, and L.J. Reinhardt in becoming members of the LMU Soccer Family.
"Wilkie has the potential to be a defensive starter from day one. His physical presence and ability to organize our defense will immediately pay dividends here at LMU," Krumpe said.
Rounding out the 2006 class are forward Andrew Morris and goalkeeper Patrick Lane. Morris (5'11", 160 lbs), from Weber High School in North Ogden, Utah, was a member of Inter F.C., the Utah State Champions in 2004 and 2005. Morris was also a member of the 1988 Region IV ODP team.
"Andrew is a very versatile forward who will be comfortable in a variety of systems of play. He will provide a nice complement to our current corps of true forwards, such as Bobby Burling, Joe Stoakley, and Tyler Mehl," said Krumpe.
Lane (6'0", 170 lbs) from Coto de Caza, California prepped at perennial national power Santa Margarita High School, whom he led to the 2006 CIF Southern Section Division I Championship. Following the season, he was also named a first team All-CIF selection. Lane will follow in the footsteps of his father, Mike Lane, who was a standout goalkeeper at LMU before moving on to Leeds United in England in the early 1980's.
"Patrick is going to be an outstanding goalkeeper at LMU and I expect him to challenge for the number one spot immediately," said Krumpe.
Rawat (5'10", 160 lbs) from Chapel Hill, North Carolina prepped at Bradenton Academy in Florida, while he trained full time at the IMG Academy. Rawat will see time as a midfielder and as a forward.
"Ankit Rawat provides a player who comes to us from a very professional type of environment coming from IMG. He adds depth to our attacking corps and I expect him to challenge our returning players for playing time right from the get go," said Krumpe.
When asked about the role he hopes this 2006 recruiting class will have, Krumpe said, "These young men make up a very diverse and talented class. They will blend in very well with the style of play and the core group of players we already have in place. Our goal in 2006 is to win the WCC Championship and this class will help us achieve this goal."
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