The Spalding University Men’s Soccer team has added five more players to its 2013-14 recruiting class.
Dylan Andrews (Ekron KY, Meade County HS), Mohamed Musa (Louisville KY, St. Francis HS), Ryan McCain (Griffin GA, Howard HS), Jorge Hernandez (Griffin GA, Howard HS) and Cody Mass (Custer Park IL, Reed-Custer HS) have all committed to play soccer for the Golden Eagles this coming fall.
Dylan Andrews was a four-year starter for Meade County High School where he led his team to the 2012 District championship. The 6’1” defender was named to the All-Region team in addition to twice being named to the All-District team and twice being named Team Captain. He plays club soccer for Javanon Soccer Club, competing in several elite regional tournaments including the Crossroads of America Showcase, Germantown Invitational Tournament, and Ohio Elite Showcase.
“Dylan is exactly what we needed in this recruiting class,” Head Coach Adam Boyer remarked. “He is a strong, talented centerback who is powerful in the air, fierce in his tackling, and composed on the ball under pressure. We love Dylan’s work rate and leadership abilities. He’ll help us immediately and will be a staple in our defense for the next four years.”
St. Francis High School standout Mohamed Musa was named to the KHSAA All-State team in 2011 in addition to being named All-Region and All-District in both 2011 and 2012. The 5’10”, left-footed midfielder tallied 11 goals and 7 assists over his final two seasons at St. Francis, helping lead them to a District Runner-Up and Region semi-final appearance in his senior year while earning Team MVP honors and the All-Resilient award. Musa plays club for Javanon Soccer Club, where he and Dylan are teammates, and also played for Louisville Soccer Alliance and Thoroughbreds Soccer Club.
“Musa will be a great addition to our midfield,” Coach Boyer commented. “His style of play will blend extremely well with our current players. He’s a smart player on the ball, a good decision-maker, but he’s also a very good defender. We expect Musa to contribute right away and know that he has the potential to enjoy a highly successful career here at Spalding.”
Ryan McCain captained the Howard High School team out of Georgia this spring, adding 4 goals and 3 assists as he led the Huskies into the postseason. The defender was named to the 2012 Middle Georgia All-Region 1st Team as he helped his team to the Sweet 16 of the Georgia State Playoffs. Ryan played club soccer for AFC Lightning and Griffin Excel.
“Ryan has a great engine and does a very good job reading the game,” Coach Boyer commented. “He has great speed and strength which contributes to his success when defending in 1on1 situations. Ryan will really help solidify our defense for next season.”
Howard High School standout Jorge Hernandez, who is a teammate of McCain, was the leading goal-scorer for the Huskies both his junior and senior year, tallying a total of 26 goals in addition to 26 assists. The forward/midfielder was a team captain as a senior after helping guide his team to the 2012 Georgia State Playoffs Sweet 16. Hernandez played club soccer for AFC Lightning and Griffin Excel.
“Jorge is a handful for all defenders,” Coach Boyer continued. “He has fantastic pace and athleticism and couples it with a great skill set. Jorge will be a great addition to our attacking group for next fall and we expect him to contribute right away from both a goals and assists standpoint,” he finished.
Cody Mass comes to Spalding after a stellar four-year career at Reed Custer High School in Braidwood, Illinois, a suburb located an hour southwest of Chicago. Cody was All-Conference, All-Area, and All-Sectional as a senior in addition to being named All-Conference and All-Area as a junior. The midfielder also plays baseball for Reed Custer.
“Cody is an extremely versatile player,” Coach Boyer remarked. “He has the ability to play several positions at a high level which will add to his success at Spalding. He has a strong build and a lot of athleticism and will fit in well with our group and style of play.” Boyer finished.
“The arrival of these five newcomers shows our presence on the state, regional, and national level,” Coach Boyer continued. “To bring in quality players from these areas is a testament to the university and the direction of our Men’s Soccer program,” he finished.
“We knew it was important for us to bring in a big class of not only talented players, but quality individuals this season,” Coach Boyer continued. “A ton of credit goes to Will Van Nostrand, our Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, for his hard work in helping to bring in these players. The eleven young men we have brought in since January are all committed to the vision we have for this program and we expect an exciting season this coming fall,” Boyer finished.
Spalding Men’s Soccer begins preseason in less than four months on August 16th. Their first game is at home on Friday, August 30th at 12:00pm vs Alma College.