WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010
Men’s soccer adds 13 players for the 2010 season
The JU men’s soccer team will welcome a lot of new faces to campus this fall as the Dolphins added 13 players for the 2010 season.
Joining the Dolphins’ makeover this fall will be goalie Zach Brewer (Denton, Texas), defender Garrett Harvey (Richmond, Va.), midfielder Trey Collins (Melbourne, Fla.), defender Martin Resch (Porsgrunn, Norway), forward Anthony Forde (Tampa, Fla.), midfielder Darko Karamatic (Zvecan, Serbia), defender Pedrag Ivanovic (Smedereveska Palenka, Serbia), midfielder Daniele Campailla (Frankfurt, Germany), midfielder Brenden Abernethy (Fort Myers, Fla.), midfielder Matt Behrhorst (Merritt Island, Fla.), midfielder Nick Rodriguez (Aurora, Colo.), defender Max Cainkar (Chicago, Ill.) and forward Keegan Olsen (Coca, Fla.).
“We are really excited about this group,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “It’s a ton of new faces, but they bring a good amount of talent to the table. We feel they can help us get back to the A-Sun tournament and give us a shot at winning another conference championship.”
Brewer, a four-year starter in goal at Denton Guyer High School, earned all-district honors in his final two seasons, while also being named district MVP as a senior.
“We were very patient in our recruiting at the goalkeeping position,” said Johnson. “He is physically gifted, very athletic, a strong vocal leader and has that commanding presence and confidence in the goal that we are looking for this year. Zach has great reflexes and the ability to make the big save.”
Harvey earned first team all-metro, honorable mention all-state honors and team MVP, while playing at the US Academy High School in Richmond, Va.
“Garrett is a player we recruited from the US Academy Winter showcase,” said Johnson. “He is a big athletic central defender, who can also play out wide. He is a physical presence and brings a competitive physicality to the game and is a strong defender. We look for him to make an immediate impact on our backline.”
Collins played at Melbourne High School and helped the squad to two state championships along with a No. 1 ranking in the ESPN Rise poll. He also guided his club team, the Brevard FC, to a pair of Region III Premier titles.
“We are very fortunate to have Trey join us,” said Johnson. “He is a tall, technical-central midfielder with a very good understanding of the game. We expect him to bolster a very strong midfield in 2010.”
Resch is another player from Norway that was a starter at the Odd Grenlands Youth Academy and in the U-15 Norwegian national team pool.
“Martin is a very good defender with very good pace,” said Johnson. “He has high level experience in the top academies in Norway and youth national team experience, which will be a valuable asset to our team.”
Forde is a transfer from Darton Community College where he earned 2009 NJCAA All-Region honors. He played for A-Sun rival Florida Gulf Coast in 2007 and received all-freshman accolades. Forde has also played for the U-23 Guyana National Team in Olympic Qualifying.
“Anthony is a player that I recruited several years ago,” said Johnson. “He possesses the physical tools that will give opposing defenders nightmares. He has already been in the A-Sun and was the leading scorer at FGCU so we expect an immediate impact from him.”
Karamatic and Ivanovic each played together at the University of Charleston in 2008. They both earned first team all-WVIAC and regional All-America honors, while Ivanovic also received a second team Division II All-America accolades.
“Darko is a player that can change a game,” said Johnson. “He has a tremendous left foot that can create and score goals. Darko has proven to score crucial goals at the right times. His versatility will allow us to do a lot in the attack next season.
“Pedrag is the type of player every successful team must have. He is a hardworking box-to-box midfielder, who is a ball winner and can connect the game for us. His soccer intelligence, vision and work rate will be invaluable.”
Campailla, a transfer from McKendree University, ranked in the top 10 nationally in game-winning goals (5), which helped him get first team all-conference and NAIA all-region accolades in 2009. He also was a NAIA All-America selection and received academic all-conference honors in the class room.
“Danny is a very dynamic and versatile attacking player,” said Johnson. “He can create and score goals as a striker or midfielder. He will allow us to move him around to find the best match ups for him to create and score goals.”
Abernethy, currently a senior at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., earned first team all-area and all-state honors after helping his school to a state championship in 2009. He was also a 2010 Florida High School All-Star and played his club soccer for the Lee County Strikers.
“Brenden is a blue-collar player that works hard and gets the job done,” said Johnson. “He is a leader on the field who has very good skill, vision and possesses a very high soccer IQ. He will compete for playing time right away.”
Behrhorst was a starter at Merritt Island High School that received first team all-conference, Florida Today all-Space Coast and all-state accolades as a senior.
“Matt is a very talented player,” said Johnson. “His high school won a state championship last season and he has been an integral part of his club team’s Region III success so we expect him to help us in that aspect.”
Rodriguez, who graduated from Grandview High School, earned all-state honors as a senior, while also leading his school to consecutive national semifinal appearances in his final two seasons.
“Nick is a versatile wide midfield player, who has captained his Real Colorado US Academy to great success,” said Johnson. “His team has played in the US Academy National Finals in the last two seasons. He has a tremendous work rate and a competitive attitude that I love.”
Cainkar played at the US Club Soccer level for the Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota and was a runner up on the U-17 Nationals.
“Max is a starting left back for one of the top youth programs in the U.S. – Shattuck St. Mary’s,” said Johnson. “He has been very consistent performer for them. Max will add balance to our defensive unit and his ability to attack from the left back position will give us more options in the attack and consistent service from the left side.”
Olson was a 4A all-state player at Space Coast Jr/Sr. High School in Coca, Fla. He scored 28 goals and had 14 assists as a senior en route to all-conference honors. Olson also played with Collins and Behrhorst on the Brevard FC club soccer team.
“Keegan has the potential to become a dynamic player,” said Johnson. “He will add depth and quality to our outside. We will look forward to him to compete right away with the help of his skills and athleticism.”2010 JU men's soccer signees