JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 14, 2008) - The ETSU men's soccer team had a very active summer as 11 incoming players participated at the USYSA South Regional in Raleigh and Wilson, N.C. last month. The Bucs also had six players named to the Class 3A TSWA 2008 All-State soccer team.
"I think it speaks volumes to the quality of talent that we have brought to ETSU in our first year that eleven players participated in the south regionals in Raleigh," said ETSU head men's soccer coach Scott Calabrese. "It proves that consistently these players have played at a high level and for some of the best club teams in the south-east of the United States. I am hopeful that this experience will serve them well as they make the transition from the club to college environment this fall."
Mike Fuller (Atlanta, Ga.) and Russell Thompson (Blairsville, Ga.) both played for NASA who made it all the way to the final in the U18 Bracket, as Thompson scored 3 goals and had 1 assist. Fuller captained the team despite playing with a broken nose and helped marshal the defense with shut-outs against Tennessee and as well as Florida in the semi-final. NASA ended up losing in the regional final to Andromeda from Texas.
James Holt (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Brennan Scott (Franklin, Tenn.) and Matt Reed (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) play for TNFC which finished second in their group to NASA from Georgia and in the process qualified for the quarter-finals. During pool play Holt did not concede a single goal and both Reed and Scott played pivotal roles in the teams advancement into the knock-out stage where they were beaten by eventual champions Andromeda representing North Texas.
The Bucs have three players on the Charlotte Soccer Club 89 Blue team as Austin Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C.), Tony Nunes (Concord, N.C.), and Kyle Martin (Charlotte, NC) helped the Charlotte Soccer Club advance from the group stages after finishing as runners-up to Team Boca from Florida. They advanced to the semi-final thanks in part thanks to in part due to the strong play of Martin, Nunes and Kennedy who looked good in wins over Georgia and the very talented Solar Team from Texas in the quarter-finals.
Kat McElroy (Knoxville, Tenn.), Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.), Tom Webster (Knoxville, Tenn.) are members of the KFC Arsenal which finished fourth in their group at regionals. After tying the Charlotte Soccer Club in the first game, the Arsenal lost out on a close fought game to the eventual group winners Team Boca from Florida. In their final group game Arsenal were beaten by Allianz of Georgia 5-3.
The six players to players make Tennessee All-State Team were David Haba from White Station High School, Tom Webster and Aaron Schoenfeld from Bearden High School, Kat McElroy from West High School, Matt Reed from Blackman High School, and James Holt from Riverdale.
"The fact that six players made the all-state team for Tennessee reiterates the point that we are very committed to bringing in the best possible talent from the state of Tennessee," Calabrese said. "There is a good level of soccer in the state that sometimes goes unrecognized but as a program we are very excited about these young men coming to ETSU and having a significant role to play in the development of our new program. Making the all-state team is a testament to their talent, hard-work and commitment to their programs."