Feb. 9, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's soccer team has signed six recruits for the 2007 season, Head Coach Mark Mettrick announced today. The Greyhounds add a versatile group of players to the current squad with strikers, midfielders and a pair of defenders, as well as three local products in Michael Deasel, Vincent Savarese and Kyle Wittman.
"This is an important class and one that should have a significant impact over the next four years," says Coach Mettrick. "I'm pleased with the mentality of this group and especially the blue-collar, no-nonsense aspect of these players. I am also pleased with the addition of three local players that I expect to not only bring Loyola to the table but Baltimore too."
Deasel is center midfielder from Loyola Blakefield, where he started all four years. He also started for the Baltimore Bays Casa Mia club team, which won the 2006 national club championship. A first-team All-MIAA and All-Baltimore County selection in both 2005 and 2006, Deasel has been on the local radar screen as a Baltimore Sun "Player to Watch" in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
"Michael [Deasel] has experienced a lot of success on the youth level," says Mettrick. "We expect him to bring a competitive mentality to college."
Savarese is a right back from Archbishop Curley High School, where he served as team captain the past two seasons. Joining former teammate Josh Taylor, who played at Archbishop Curley, Savarese earned all-state, All-MIAA, all-metro and all-city honors for his high school team which captured the 2006 MIAA Championship. He has also captained his club soccer team, Baltimore Bays 89, since 2004.
"Savarese has a very good personality and great leadership potential," says Mettrick. "He is another player that has won at both the club and high school levels."
Wittman also plays club soccer for Baltimore Bays 89, which won the 2003 and 2005 state cups. He is a four-year starter at Calvert Hall High School, where he earned all-state, All-MIAA, all-metro and all-county honors. Wittman, a Maryland ODP goalkeeper, is considered one of the top goalkeepers in the state.
"Kyle [Wittman] has developed into a very good goalkeeper who has a natural presence and potential to become an excellent goalkeeper at the college level," says Mettrick. "He has a competitive nature and a bit of a bite which I like."
Coach Mettrick also signed Phil Bannister, a prolific goal scorer from England. Bannister currently represents England Schoolboys U-18 squad and is leading scorer for Monkseaton High School, current U-18 English Schools National Champions. Bannister is also a member of the Northumberland County side that recently advanced to the national quarterfinals.
"Phil [Bannister] is a natural goal scorer with good instincts in the box," says Mettrick. "He comes from a very good high school program at Monkseaton and is from the Newcastle area of England which has a very rich soccer tradition. Phil was recently selected to the English U-18 National Schoolboy Team which is a great honor and we are looking forward to Phil teaming up with Jamie Darvill next season."
Newcomer Treyton Good comes to Loyola from Pequea Valley High School in Kinzers, Pa. A team captain and starting striker, Good scored 45 goals and added 25 assists for his high school program. An all-state selection in 2005 and two-time Lancaster Lebanon League MVP, Good is also a starting defender for his two-time regional champion club team, PA Classics 88.
"Treyton Good is an athletic and versatile player," says Mettrick. "We see him as an attacking fullback, but realize that he has the ability to play other positions."
Incoming freshman Glenn Leitch is also from Pennsylvania, were he played for Bishop Shanahan High School and PA Classics Elite 88. An all-district and first-team All-ChesMont League honoree in high school, Leitch helped his club team with two regional championships and advance to the 2005 US Club Soccer National Championship Game.
"Glenn [Leitch] is a central defender who has good size, is good in the air, and is a tough defender," says Mettrick. "He comes from a very good club team and we feel he'll bolster our central defense."
Coach Mettrick adds, "We will have a young side next year and so we will need the incoming freshmen to contribute. I believe this is a good class and they know that there is a very good opportunity for them to play immediately. How these players adapt to the demands of Division 1 will be very important."