|Posted March 20, 2009|
Pack soccer adds five more for 2009
PUEBLO, Colo. - The CSU-Pueblo men's soccer program, fresh off its best season in nearly 10 years in 2008, signed five additional players to National Letters of Intent to play soccer for the ThunderWolves, head coach Roy Stanley announced.
The ThunderWolves ran their "Class of 2009" to seven new student-athletes, joining two newly minted ThunderWolves, Nick Bloemen (Littleton HS, Littleton, Colo.) and Brenden Hughes (Fossil Ridge HS, Fort Collins, Colo.), who signed on "National Signing Day" in February.
Leading the group is the Arizona Republic Small School Player of the Year, Jacob Williams (Safford HS, Safford, Ariz.). Williams, at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, scored 131 goals and dished out 93 assists in his four seasons at Safford. He was a three-time all-state selection at Safford, and was the starting forward on the Tucson Soccer Academy club team and Olympic Development teams since 2007.
The ThunderWolves shored up their backfield with two additions, Josh 'Chaz' Hendrix (Eldorado HS, Albuquerque, N.M.) and Dalton Ries (Mesquite HS, Gilbert, Ariz.).
Hendrix, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound defender, was named New Mexico 5A all-state second team at Eldorado. He played club ball for Rio Vista FC 91, coached by University of New Mexico assistant, Chris Cartlidge. Hendrix joins the Pack's starting midfielder, Dylan Cook (Jr., Albuquerque, N.M.), who is also an Eldorado alum.
Ries, a smart and vocal player, is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound defender who will challenge for minutes in the Pack's backfield. Ries played at 5A Mesquite High School and his club ball with San Tan Legacy, and was an all-region selection at Mesquite. A versatile player, Ries saw considerable time at all positions except keeper.
Rounding out the class are two strong midfielders from Colorado - Durango High School grad Alex Zemach (Durango HS, Durango, Colo.) and Chris Field (Legacy HS, Broomfield, Colo.).
Zemach, a second-team all-Southwest Conference selection at Durango, will fill needs in the midfield as well as the defensive backfield, Stanley said. Alex played club ball with the Durango Youth Soccer Association U-18 team.
"Alex possesses a quality left foot and good soccer senses," Stanley said. "He should fill our needs at midfield and on the defense."
Field, an all-Front Range Conference selection at Legacy, will fill an immediate need left by the departure of the ThunderWolves' win midfielders David Fresquez (Sr., Santa Fe, N.M.) and Allan Chacon (Sr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) to graduation. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Field was a standout on the Colorado Edge Select club team and a two-time all-conference selection at Legacy.
"Chris is a creative and athletic wing midfielder," Stanley said. "He should step right in and be able to handle the more physical and faster-paced college game."
In 2008, CSU-Pueblo won 11 games, its highest win total since 1999, and reached the RMAC semifinals. For his efforts, Stanley was named RMAC Coach of the Year in 2008.