Feb. 7, 2013
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head men’s soccer coach Mark Mettrick has announced the addition of seven players that will make up the Class of 2017.
Dylan Engel (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland), Jake Héroux (Westfield, N.J./Westfield), Jason Santos (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East), Antony Sare (River Edge, N.J./River Dell Regional), Patrick Smith (Skillman, N.J./Mongtomery), John Toher (Blauvelt, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)) and Jordan Watson (Darwen, Lancashire, England/St. Bedes RC) will all join the Loyola men’s soccer program in the fall.
Dylan Engel (left) was a two-time Lehigh Valley Conference Champion and two-time runner-up while playing for Parkland High School in Laurys Station, Pa. He was a two-time all-league all-star and one of Morning Call’s Parkland Players of the Year in 2012. He also helped the FC Delco Cannibals club team defeat the U16 U.S. National Team and win the State Cup Championship twice.
Jake Héroux (right) was a center back for Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J. A two-year varsity player, Héroux helped the Blue Devils to their first Union County Championship in 14 years in 2010 and then earned second-team all-county honors and all-state honorable mention accolades in 2011. At the club level, Héroux has been a USSF Academy player for Match Fit Chelsea since 2010, playing in over 60 games and five USSF Academy Showcases.
Jason Santos (left), from Farmingville, N.Y., helped the Sachem High School East team to the League Championship in 2011. He was also an all-conference performer that year and garnered his second NY State Scholar-Athlete honor as a junior. Currently a member of the Albertson U18 Academy, Santos has had playing stints with the New York State Olympic Development Team, the New York Red Bull pre-academy team and the Lake Grove United squad. Throughout the summer of 2011, he traveled to Ecuador to train with La Liga de Quito’s first division.
Antony Sare (right) comes to the Greyhounds from River Edge, N.J. A three-year letterwinner at River Dell Regional High School, the attacking midfielder was awarded Team MVP honors after his freshman and junior seasons. He has also spent five years training at the academy level, including two years with the New York Red Bulls, two years with the New York Cosmos and one with the New Jersey Soccer Academy. In 2008, Sare was invited to a week long Real Madrid Selection Training Camp and in 2009, he went to Barcelona with the New York Red Bulls to play at the Mediterranean International Cup.
Patrick Smith (left) was a second-team all-conference player for Montgomery High School in Skillman, N.J. A three-year varsity letterwinner and a team captain in 2012, Smith earned honorable mention All-Somerset County honoree while playing for the Cougars. He has also spent time playing with Jersey United, MatchFit Academy, Yardley-Makefield Soccer and FC Philadelphia.
John Toher (right) hails from Bauvelt, N.Y., and was a member of the Don Bosco Prep School team that won the Bergen County Championship and advanced to the New Jersey State semifinals in 2009. A team captain in 2012, Toher was named to the NJ Star Ledger All-State Team and was a Soccer Coaches Association of NJ All-State selection as a senior. He was also a member of the 2012 New York Red Bulls U16 USSDA National Championship Team and is currently a member of the Blau Weiss Gottschee U18 Team.
Jordan Watson (left) comes to Loyola from Darwen, Lancashire, England, where he played with Preston North End, a third tier of the English Football League. The goalkeeper played three seasons with the Preston Youth Team, winning three FA Youth Alliance Cups, two Youth Alliance League titles and one Reserve League championship. He also captained the St. Bedes RC High School team and played for the Lancashire Soccer Team.