THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013
Men's Soccer Signs Six

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The JU men’s soccer team has announced it has added six new players to the team for the upcoming season.  With the additions, the Dolphins will have added 19 new players since the end of last season.

 “I am very excited to add these 6 players to our 2013 recruiting class,” said JU head coach Ryan Pratt.  We’ve brought in a lot of highly competitive and technical players this year. Each one of these players are ready to compete immediately and help take us to the next level.”

Signees:

Goal Keeper

Mark Darling – 6’1, Mandarin High School (Jacksonville Fla.)

Darling was a three year starter for the local Mandarin High Mustangs.  Playing goal keeper, he helped lead Mandarin to the 5A state finals as a junior and was named the state final MVP.  With Darling in goal, the Mustangs won the conference championship three years in a row.  He also earned first team All-Conference honors three times. 

Defense

Shenaldo Parkes – 6’1, Concordia College (Mandeville, Jamaica)

A sophomore transfer from Concordia College, Parkes joins JU as a physical backline presence.  At Concordia he received USCAA All-America Honorable Mention honors as just a freshman.  He brings valuable national team experience to the Dolphins having played on the U-17 and U-18 Jamaican teams.  Parkes was also a three time winner of the DaCosta Cup.    

Evan Peterson – 6’0, Darlington School (Rome, Ga.)

As a centerback for the Darlington School Tigers, Peterson helped guide the team to the 2012 CESA Classic championship, the 2013 Disney Tournament championship, and the 2013 John Talley Showcase and Shootout finals.  Previous to his time at the Darlington School, Peterson spent four years playing for Roosevelt High School where he helped lead the team to the 2012 KingCo championship which was the first in school history.  Peterson was also a member of the Eastside FC which won the state title in 2011.

Midfield

Valentine Murombo – 5’7, Kyle College (Masvingo, Zimbabwe)

Playing as a midfielder, Murombo enjoyed a successful campaign at Kyle College becoming the youngest player to play on the 1st team at just 13 years old.  As a 16 year old he became the youngest captain ever and concluded his career as the longest tenured captain in team history.   Murombo led the team in scoring multiple times and will be a valuable playmaking addition to the Dolphins.

Christian Hernandez – 5’6, Niagara University (Miami, Fla.)

Transferring to JU after one season at Niagara University, Hernandez joins the Dolphins after at the standout career at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.  He helped lead them to a State Cup Championship in 2011 along with a second place finish in 2012.  Hernandez also captained the Miami Strike Force and led them to the Disney Showcase title and MVP honors. 

Joseph Fitton – 6’0, Roswell High School (Roswell, Ga.)

A two year starter for Roswell High, Fitton helped lead his team to a 13-6-0 record his senior year en route to a 6A State Playoffs Region Runner-Up finish.