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Men's Soccer Adds 13 Newcomers For 2010 Campaign


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College men’s soccer coach, Liam Farrell, has announced his 2010 recruiting class for the upcoming 45th season of Catawba Men’s Soccer.  The class includes two transfers and 11 true freshmen in the baker’s dozen that will join the Indian program.  Committing to Catawba is Keith Cooper (Hickory, NC), Eoin Duffy (Knocknacarra, IRELAND), Terrin Ellis (Fayetteville, NC), Corey Faughnan (Jacksonville, NC), Matt Gallagher (Chapel Hill, NC), Kyle Griewisch (Banner Elk, NC), Evan Harvey (Apex, NC), Jordan Hunsaker (Charlotte, NC), Luke McCarthy (Naples, FL), Domhnall Minogue (Greystones, IRELAND), D.D. Nader (Monroe, NC), Ezra Ntirugelegwa (Durham, NC) and Jorge Sucar (The Woodlands, TX).  Nine of the incoming class are from North Carolina.

“First off, I would like to thank my staff for their tremendous work in recruiting these student athletes,” stated Farrell.  “We lost a great group of seniors so these guys will be called upon to contribute right away.  I believe in this group we have a terrific blend of toughness, flair and athleticism.  I am excited about helping them develop in the classroom and on the field at Catawba College,” added Farrell.

Cooper, a 6-1, central defender from Saint Stephens High School & CVYSA, was named CVAC Conference Player of the Year, All-State, all-region and team MVP in 2009.  He was coached by Chuck Davis at Saint Stephens High School and Mark Powers at CVYSA.

Duffy, at 5-9, is an Irish international transfer from the University of Galway.  The box-to-box midfielder will compete immediately in the middle of the park for Catawba.  Duffy captained his club team, Salthill Devon, to the 2009 FAI Youth Cup national final.

Ellis is a 6-1, defender from Fayetteville Christian School.  He was an All-State, all-region, and all-conference selection in both soccer and basketball.  He was also named team captain and MVP.  Ellis plays club soccer with the Fayetteville Force.  A track standout as well, Ellis qualified for states in the 4x100, 4x400 and 200. 

Faughnan, a 6-0, defender from Jacksonville High School, helped his club team, OCSA, to the NC Presidents Cup Championship in 2010 and his former Cape Fear Breakers team to the 2009 State Cup Semi-final.  At Jacksonville High School, he was named All-State in 2009 by the NCSCA.  Faughnan was coached in high school by former Catawba soccer player Dave Miller.

Gallagher, a 5-11, midfielder is a transfer from Saint Leo University, who played at Chapel Hill High School.  He played club soccer for Triangle United Silver, who was the second best team in the state of North Carolina in 2009 and 2010.  Gallagher’s freshman year at SLU was plagued by a preseason back injury.

Griewisch is a 5-10, forward from Avery High School where he was honored as the Male Athlete of The Year and the Scholar Athlete of The Year.  A team captain, he was one of Avery’s all-time scorers with 33 goals and 21 assists during his senior season.  Griewisch was named all-region, all-conference and All-State.  He also qualified for states in track, running the 100 and 200.

Harvey a 5-11, goalkeeper from Apex High School was a two-time all-conference selection.  He played for one of the best club teams in North Carolina soccer history, the ‘91 Triangle United Gold, who played in back-to-back USYSA National Championships and won four NCYSA State Cups.  An ODP State Team player in 2006 and 2007, he allowed no goals in the 2008 State Cup and 2009 league season then allowed only one goal in the 2010 league season.  Harvey was coached at Triangle United by UNC Head Coach Elmar Bolowich.

Hunsaker is a 6-2, midfielder from Olympic High School.  A standout and captain for the Trojans, he was named all-conference, all-area and all-region his senior season.  Hunsaker was with the South Carolina ODP program and played club soccer with Charlotte Soccer Academy which is run by Executive Director Brad Wylde, a Catawba alumnus.  

McCarthy, a 6-2, goalkeeper from Naples High School signed with Catawba after an impressive run in the Florida High School State Playoffs, pulling off a dramatic upset over Golden Gate High School.  He was named first team All–Southwest Florida.  McCarthy is coached by Ray and Dwight Morgan at Southwest Florida United.  He becomes the second player on this year’s roster from Southwest Florida, alongside rising sophomore Spencer Preston.

Minogue, a 6-0, defender is an Irish international with loads of experience at the top youth level in Ireland.  He represented County Wicklow in the Irish Cup Final in April and his club team, Arklow United, is one of the top U18 teams in the country.  Minogue recently scored four goals in four games on the way to a historic Leinster Cup Championship with Arklow Town in June 2010.  He also represented Wicklow in Junior Gaelic Football and will be called upon to lead a very young group of defenders.

Nader, a 6-2, midfielder, is a local high school standout from Piedmont High School, where he was named the Rocky River Conference Player of the Year.  He was also tabbed with All-State, all-region, all-conference, and team MVP honors.  Nader played club soccer with FCCA 91 Red and also played with Greensboro of the US Soccer Development Academy, leading them to the 2009 National playoffs.  During his four years at Piedmont High School, Nader collected 35 goals and 53 assists, including a 22 goal, 15 assist performance during his senior season in which he played only 12 games.  He also earned All-State honors in track, setting the school record in the 400.

Ntirugelegwa, is a 5-11, forward from Jordan High School, where he helped lead the Falcons to an undefeated regular season and a national ranking as high as #3 according to NSCAA and #4 by ESPN.  He was named All-State, all-region and all-conference as a senior and was one of the top recruits in NC.  He was a teammate of Evan Harvey on the ‘91 Triangle United Gold from 2006-2009, and Matt Gallagher on Silver in 2010.

Sucar, a 5-5, midfielder was one of the top scorers on The Woodlands High School squad the advanced to the Texas State Final Four in 2010.  He was named to the All-Greater Houston Area team for his efforts.  In May, Sucar’s energy led his club team, Dallas Texans-Houston, to the Texas State Championship.  This summer, Sucar’s Texans hope to make its second trip to the USYSA National championships in as many years.

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