|Posted February 2, 2012|
Signing Day: Pack men's soccer signs four
ThunderWolves' class headlined by Development Academy addition from Otero Junior College.
PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Feb. 2, 2012) - CSU-Pueblo's men's soccer team signed four new student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day, head coach Roy Stanley announced.
The Pack added Otero Junior College transfer and U.S. Development Academy product in defensive center midfielder Jack Gonzales (So., Centennial, Colo.), Albuquerque product and center midfielder, Israel Aragon (Fr., Albuquerque, N.M.), defender Bryce Joling (Fr., Olympia, Wash.) and right back Sam Glawe (Fr., Allen, Texas).
Gonzales becomes the second U.S. Development Academy member on the ThunderWolves, joining his former teammate with the Colorado Rush club and Eaglecrest High School team, Jonny Sawyer (So., Aurora, Colo.). Gonzales arrives to the Pack after spending a season at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where he started as a freshman.
"We're always excited to get a Development Academy player on our team, especially one of Jack's caliber," Stanley said. "He has the touch and skills to possess the ball as well as the bite to break things up."
Aragon comes to CSU-Pueblo after a successful high school and club career at Sandia High School, where he was named the District Player of the Year.
"Israel knows how to win, as he's shown especially on his [New Mexico Rush] club team, helping them win the U.S. Youth Soccer Western Regionals," Stanley said. "He has well-rounded skills with great awareness and will be a solid two-way central midfielder."
Joling, a native of Olympia, Wash. by way of Capital High School, will play at left defender or midfield for the Pack. His foot skills and versatility make him a great addition, Stanley said.
"Bryce's left foot will continue to give us more options coming out of the back," Stanley said. "He can hit a quality long ball with his left and hopefully set up a number of opportunities for us."
Rounding out the class is Glawe, a Texas Football Club alum who has shown leadership at all levels, serving as the team captain of both his high school squad at Allen High School in Allen, Texas as well as his club team.
"Comes out of the back well with good decisions," Stanley said. "He has shown the ability to add into the attack on the right side, as well."
Last season, the Pack said goodbye to four departing seniors from last year's team, which included all-conference goalkeeper, Jacob Blum and the program's first All-American, Robert Kinsey.