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Men's Soccer

 
June 5, 2014

Men’s Soccer Announces 2014 Recruiting Class

 

The Capital University men's soccer team will welcome 18 new student-athletes who have deposited and committed to the program to campus this fall, third-year head coach Alan Yost announced.

 

The Crusaders finished 9-8-3 overall, including a 5-4 record in the Ohio Athletic Conference, in 2013. Capital reached the OAC Tournament semifinals, where they were outlasted in double overtime at eventual tournament champion and NCAA qualifier Ohio Northern. Three players were named all-conference following the season, and six garnered Academic All-OAC accolades.

 

Yost has led the team to several impressive results over the last two seasons, including wins over perennial contenders Colorado College and Ohio Northern, and a tie in 2012 against Ohio Wesleyan, which won the national championship one year earlier.

 

See below for information on each member of the 2014 men's soccer recruiting class.

 

Travis Arnold

Position: Defender

Hometown/High School: Baltimore, Ohio/Liberty Union

Club: Lancaster Wildcats

 

Arnold earned honorable mention All-Mid-State League honors and was a captain in soccer at Liberty Union High School. He also was a member of the basketball and track and field teams at Liberty Union. Arnold also plans to compete in track and field in throwing events at Capital.

 

Alex Baret

Defender

Orlando, Fla./The First Academy

Orlando City Developmental Academy

 

Baret helped lead The First Academy to a state championship in 2013 after returning to high school play for his senior season.

 

Nick Baret

Forward

Orlando, Fla./The First Academy

Orlando City Developmental Academy

 

Baret helped lead The First Academy to a state championship in 2013 after returning to high school play for his senior season. He totaled 16 goals and 23 assists and ranked 30th in the state (all divisions) in points per match.

 

Kyle Brotherton

Defender/Midfielder

Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota West

Cincinnati United Premier

 

Brotherton played varsity soccer for three years at Lakota West High School. He helped lead Lakota West to the Greater Miami Conference championship in 2011 and back-to-back district titles in 2011 and 2012.

 

Kyle Decuir

Midfielder

Centerville, Ohio/Centerville

Ohio Galaxies

 

Decuir garnered All-Greater Western Ohio Conference special mention accolades in soccer at Centerville High School. He was a member of National Honor Society and the business academy at Centerville, and was named a scholar athlete.

 

Trevor Funk

Goalkeeper

Dublin, Ohio/Bishop Watterson

Crew Pre-Academy

 

Funk earned first team all-conference, all-district and all-state recognition at Bishop Watterson High School. He was named to the Central Ohio Super 12 team in leading Bishop Watterson to the OHSAA Division II state championship match in 2013.

 

Nick Hernandez

Midfielder

Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley

Blast FC

 

Hernandez was a two-time all-Muskingum Valley League and two-year all-district selection in soccer at Tri-Valley High School. He carried a 4.0 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor Society at Tri-Valley.

 

Andres Herrera

Midfielder/Forward

West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East

Cincinnati United Premier

 

Herrera was a two-year All-Greater Miami Conference selection and first team all-region honoree at Lakota East High School. A four-year letter winner, Herrera served as a captain during his senior year and was a two-time all-academic selection.

 

Jacob Kovacs

Forward/Midfielder

Worthington, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne

Crew Pre-Academy

 

Kovacs earned second team All-Ohio Capital Conference recognition during his last two seasons at Worthington Kilbourne High School. A two-year captain, Kovacs helped lead Worthington Kilbourne to district championships in 2011 and 2012.

 

Bryan Luckscheiter

Defender/Midfielder

Powell, Ohio/Bishop Watterson/Bellarmine (Ky.) University

Team Ohio/Classic Eagles Red

 

Luckscheiter begins his career at Capital after transferring from Bellarmine University, an NCAA Division II institution in Kentucky. He was a four-year starter at Bishop Watterson High School, where he earned first team All-Central Catholic League, NSCAA all-region and first team all-state honors. Luckscheiter was also a 2012 NSCAA All-America nominee and an all-district selection during his decorated prep career.

 

Josh McDaniel

Forward

Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin

Cincinnati United Premier Gold

 

McDaniel finished as the second-leading goal scorer in school history in soccer at Turpin High School. He led the team in scoring in each of his final three seasons and helped lead Turpin to the Eastern Cincinnati Conference championship and district title in 2013. McDaniel earned ECC academic honors twice during his career.

 

Justin Niswonger

Goalkeeper

Centerville, Ohio/Centerville

Ohio Galaxies

 

Niswonger was a second team all-state selection in soccer at Centerville High School. He also garnered All-Greater Western Ohio Conference, All-GWOC Central and all-district accolades at Centerville. Niswonger served as a captain during his senior season and was a two-year scholar athlete.

 

Calvin Saunders

Forward/Midfielder

Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth

Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy

 

Saunders tallied 24 goals and was named All-Central Piedmont Conference and all-region in two seasons of soccer at West Forsyth High School. He turned his attention to his club team, Carolina Rapids Developmental Academy, following his sophomore year, and ranked third on that team in scoring.

 

Brad Schultz

Forward

Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston

Michigan Impact

 

Schultz was a two-time all-state selection in soccer at Clarkston High School. He also earned All-Oakland Activities Association, all-region and all-district accolades during his career at Clarkston.

 

Hunter Stiger

Defender/Midfielder

Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West

Cincinnati United Premier Gold

 

Stiger was a second team All-Greater Miami Conference selection in soccer at Lakota West High School. He helped lead the team to a 16-3-2 record and an appearance in the regional championship match.

 

Cheikh Tandiang

Midfielder

Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley

 

Tandiang was named the boys' soccer team's offensive most valuable player at Bishop Hartley High School. He also earned academic student-athlete award honors for his achievements in the classroom.

 

Brennan Uhrig

Defender

Marietta, Ohio/Marietta

Fury Ajax

 

Uhrig was a three-time first team All-Eastern Central Ohio League pick in soccer at Marietta High School. He earned all-district accolades and was a two-year captain at Marietta. Uhrig also garnered four all-academic honors during his career.

 

Dom Zumpone

Defender

Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut

GNA Futbol Club

 

Zumpone was an all-state selection in soccer at Big Walnut High School.