HU Men’s Soccer announces 2013 incoming class

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Huntington University men’s soccer program and head coach Russ Lawson have announced the newest additions to its 2013-14 roster. Fifteen newcomers will be sporting Forest green and white this fall including:

Sam Barrett
Midfielder from Delta, Ohio
Liberty Center High School
Club Team: Valentis Athletica

Coach Lawson’s comments: Sam has a great spirit about himself. His natural tendency is to get his teammates involved in the game. With Sam’s work rate, he has the potential of developing into a solid flank player at this level.

Thomas Brown
Defender from Yorktown, Ind.
Yorktown High School
Club Team: Delaware County Futbol Club

Coach Lawson’s comments: Tommy is a very composed, cerebral player who prides himself on keeping his shape and playing mistake-free in the back. Once adjustments are made to the speed and physical play of the collegiate game, I can see Tommy impacting at HU.

Kyle Burkholder
Keeper from Pleasant Lake, Ind.
Prairie Heights High School

Coach Lawson’s comments: Kyle possesses quick reflexes and solid foot skills. Once we get him into an environment where he can train daily with Coach Kesler on his shot-saving techniques, I am confident his game is going to take off to new heights.

Andrew Cherry
Midfielder from Brooklyn, Mich.
Columbia Central High School.

Coach Lawson’s comments: Andrew’s hard work and instincts around the goal are what originally caught my attention. He is a strong multi-sport athlete who has tremendous potential as an attacking midfielder simply because he has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time.

James Couchman
Keeper from Surrey, UK
St. Andrews Catholic School

Coach Lawson’s comments: James has grown up with the game and is well-schooled in his craft of keeping balls out of the back of the net. He is strong in the air, commands his box and is a superb shot stopper. These qualities are going to help him challenge for minutes immediately.

Brooks Gerke
Striker from Auburn, Ind.
Lakewood Park Christian School

Coach Lawson’s comments: Brooks is a tremendous athlete with plus speed which will serve him extremely well at this level. Once he gets more acclimated to combination play and second runs, he is going to be a handful for many back fours he will come up against.

Isaac Jones
Striker from Plainfield, Ind.
Plainfield High School

Coach Lawson’s comments: Isaac is a confident young man who is always up for a challenge. He loves the ball at his feet and looks to take opponents on a regular basis. I also like his commitment to press and win the ball back in transition.

Scott Murray
Midfielder from Tasmania, Australia
Prospect High School/Jamestown College (N.D.)

Coach Lawson’s comments: Scott is a technically-gifted player who has the ability to impact by getting in behind on the flanks and controlling the tempo of games with his decision making. He also has the ability to finish on a regular basis. After sitting out at Jamestown last year, I am confident HU is going to benefit from Scott’s appetite and desire for first team soccer.

Ryan Pickup
Striker/Defender from Dorset, UK
Poole High School/Southhampton City College

Coach Lawson’s comments: Ryan is a strong target striker who moves extremely well for his 6-4 frame. He can hold the ball up and makes clever runs that free up space and time for himself and teammates. Ryan also possesses the ability to impact at center back. His technical ability and tactical awareness will challenge teammates immediately.

Remington Poulin
Midfielder from Dover, Maine
Bangor Christian School

Coach Lawson’s comments: Remington is a no nonsense player who is strong on the ball with solid distribution. As a high school state champion in two sports, he is accustomed to intense pressure and that will bode well for him as he transitions to the college game.

Brandon Siler
Defender from Yorktown, Ind.
Yorktown High School
Club Team: Delaware County Futbol Club

Coach Lawson’s comments: Brandon’s game affords us some mobility coming out of the back. He has the potential of being a lock down defender but it is his athleticism and awareness to find the open space on the wings that help make him shine on the field.

Jeremiah Spencer
Defender from Greenfield, Ind.
Greenfield Central High School/Mid Continent College (Ky.)
Club Team: FC Pride

Coach Lawson’s comments: Jeremiah is a fantastic addition to the program and with a full year of collegiate soccer as a starter under his belt, he will bring experience and a competitive spirit. He is tactically sound on both sides of the ball and will be counted on for his composure and discipline.

Max Troyer
Defender from Angola, Ind.
Lakewood Park Christian School

Coach Lawson’s comments: Max is a high character guy who is a fantastic three sport athlete. Center back will be a natural position for him because of his ability to read the game and organize the backline. With his concentration and focus solely on soccer, we can anticipate great things to come.

Isaac Wust 
Midfielder from Huntington, Ind.
Huntington North High School
Club Team: Fort Wayne Fever Academy

Coach Lawson’s comments: Isaac is a dynamic player who has the ability and experience to play all over the park. He is an attack-minded player who has the ability to finish but also gains great satisfaction with a devastating pass to set up his teammates. As a State Cup Champion, we are expecting Isaac’s transition to be a smooth one to the collegiate game.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 46 NAIA All-America honors and 202 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director