Feb. 1, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick signed two recruits for the 2006 season today, the first day of the signing period. Michael Cacace and Michael McTigue join the Loyola men's soccer team this fall, adding depth and success to the Greyhound backfield.
"With this recruiting class, we were looking for the right character and we found that in both of these recruits," says Mettrick. "The addition of these two defensive players will also add to the competition for starting positions in our defense for next season."
McTigue comes from New York, where he played at Fordham Preparatory School for four years and for club team New Rochelle Raiders for seven years. At Fordham Prep, McTigue was team captain three years, leading his team to the CHSAA Archdiocese Championship each of those seasons. Last year, he was named the CHSAA Player of the Year, also earning first-team all-league and first-team Journal News Westchester honors.
"We've been impressed with Michael [McTigue's] competitive spirit and leadership," says Mettrick. "He's had a lot of success in high school and at the club level and we feel that he brings a very good competitive mentality to the table."
At the club level, McTigue was team captain and helped his squad capture State Cup Championships in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Last season, his team was ranked No. 3 in the country and finished third in the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
"Michael [McTigue] is rugged, he's won a lot and I really like that about him," adds Mettrick.
Similar to McTigue, the coaches are high on Cacace's mental approach to the game. A local product from nearby DeMatha Catholic High School, Cacace has also found success at both the high school and club levels. At DeMatha, Cacace served as team captain last season, earning all-state, All-WCAC, All-Met and all-county honors. His team finished the year with a No. 3 national ranking after a No. 4 ranking his junior season.
"Michael [Cacace] comes from excellent club and high school programs," says Mettrick. "He's a good leader, very competitive and we think he is a player who could develop into a very good Division I athlete."
Cacace played for the Bethesda Soccer Club, winning the club national championship in 2004, the regional premier league championship in 2005 and the Maryland state championship in both 2002 and 2004.