|Posted May 5, 2010|
Pack rounds out 2010 class with four additional signees
CSU-Pueblo's men's soccer program's Class of 2010 expanded to a 14 new student-athletes with the addition of four new signees, three having roots in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Pack added Anchorage products Mykel Thomas (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS), Jonathan Hall (Anchorage, Alaska/South HS) and Hunter Helin (Anchorage, Alaska/West HS), as well as a junior college transfer from Phoenix College in Phoenix, Ariz., Kevin Hamilton (Jr., Peoria, Ariz./Centennial HS/Phoenix College).
One of the gems of this group is Hall, a midfielder and forward who had a hand in two Alaska high school state championships with Anchorage South High School and three state titles with his club team, Cook Inlet Soccer Club '91. As a junior, he was named the NSCAA Alaska Player of the Year. He also brings a 4.0 GPA to CSU-Pueblo.
“Jonathan is a good passer and solid athlete," Pack coach Roy Stanley said. "He also has good instincts around the goal. He is a very consistent player and person. Academically, he's got a great head on his shoulders. We are excited to have a steady offensive performer like Jonathan join us.”
Thomas, a 6-foot defender, is a defensive stalwart who played at defender, midfielder and keeper in club play as well as at Robert Service High School in Anchorage. He helped lead Service to a third-place state finish last season.
"Mykel possesses good vision and composure," Stanley said. "He's a quiet leader who works extremely hard. He can play on the left side and has good feet."
Helin, an all-state selection at West Anchorage High School, captained his Alaska Olympic Development team for two seasons. Additionally, he was selected to participate in the ODP all-star game three times. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Helin brings size to the Pack backfield.
"Hunter is a versatile player having played all defensive positions as well as center midfield," Stanley said. "He is a vocal leader with good size and agility. He's a good vocal defensive organizer and that is something we need."
The Alaska group, considered among the best boys' soccer players in the entire state, is part of a strong upswing in the quality of player coming out of country's northernmost state, Stanley said.
"Between high school, club, the ODP and Alaska Northstars program that these guys have been exposed to, these players have proven that they are committed and passionate about soccer," Stanley said. "Alaska is producing more technical and experienced players, and we're excited about getting three of their best."
Rounding out the Pack's latest signees is junior-college transfer Hamilton. Hamilton helped Phoenix College to a 19-2 record in 2009, and helped anchor a defensive unit that allowed just 0.86 goals per game last season. Stanley is hoping Hamilton can maintain the strong influx of Phoenix College players to CSU-Pueblo, on the heels of graduating senior and 2009 NSCAA and Daktronics all-region selection, Erik Andersen.
"Kevin will be one of our most athletic defenders with great quickness and speed," Stanley said. "He has also played some defensive midfielder. With the graduation of three starting defenders after the 2009 season, Kevin should step in and compete for playing time immediately."
The CSU-Pueblo 2010 roster now boasts over 30 players, with the team being anchored by 11 returners. CSU-Pueblo is an NCAA Division II Institution playing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.