Falcons Welcome Men's Soccer Class of 2015

    2010 Team MVP Kevin Durr will welcome 17 newcomers this fall
    2010 Team MVP Kevin Durr will welcome 17 newcomers this fall

    July 6, 2011

    Air Force men’s soccer coach Doug Hill announced the 17 players that make up a strong recruiting class for the 2011 season. Members of the Class of 2015 come from 10 different states, including Hawaii, New York, Florida. The list also includes four players from Colorado.

     

    “We will look to some of the freshmen to step up immediately and compete for varsity minutes,” said Hill. “It is a very balanced class by position and I hope to blend them into our system of play very quickly.”  

     

    Five of the recruits attended the USAF Prep School last season while 12 are direct entries.

     

     

    Jershon Baldomero


     

     

    Height: 5-10

    Weight: 155

    Position: Defender

    Hometown: Kailua, HI

    High School: Iolani HS

    Club Team: HSC Bulls

     

    Before Air Force

    USAFA Prep School: Played for the USAFA Prep School in 2010 … head coach was Marcus Corbett.

     

    Club: Played for the HSC Bulls for six years … team was five-time state champions … head coaches were Craig Sullivan, Roy Gonsalves and Phil Nedo.

     

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer … first-team all-state selection as a senior … second-team all-state as a junior … high school soccer coach was Chris Lee.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Jershon is the next in line of outstanding players from Hawaii.  His experience at the prep school last year will help him bring an immediate impact to the program. He was a standout player for his Honolulu Bulls club team and a natural outside left back with a good left foot.”

     

     

    Austin Britt

    Height: 5-10

    Weight: 145

    Position: Midfielder

    Hometown: Cohoes, NY

    High School: Shaker HS

    Club Team: Black Watch Highlanders

     

    Before Air Force

    ODP: Played for the Eastern New York ODP state team from 2005-09 …selected for Super Y National Camp in 2006 and ’07 … member of the Super Y National Select in 2010.

     

    Club: Played for the Black Watch Highlanders in 2009 … team won U.S. Club Regionals and was a National finalist … head coach was Steve Freeman.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … also lettered one year in track and wrestling … first-team all-Suburban Council an and team MVP as a senior … three-time scholar-athlete … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was Bill Blesi.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Austin comes in under the recruiting radar as he is a very technically sound player that played for a strong Black Watch club team.  He is a utility player that can play many positions with a winning attitude.  His vision and ability to read the game make him a great addition to our program.”

     

     

    John Fernandez

    Height: 5-7

    Weight: 150

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Hometown: Lake Mary, FL

    High School: Lake Mary HS

    Club Team: Florida Soccer Alliance

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the Florida Soccer Alliance … advanced to the state cup four years … team captain … head coach was Xavier Delgado.

     

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer … first-team all-conference and team co-player of the year as a senior … also selected to Seminole County All-Star team and East Florida All-Star team … team captain as a senior … honorable mention all-conference as a junior … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was David Gardner.  

     

     

    Alex Frazier

    Height: 5-7

    Weight: 165

    Position: Forward

    Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

    High School: Pine Creek HS

    Club Team: Pride Predators

     

    Before Air Force

    USAFA Prep School: Played for the USAFA Prep School in 2010 … won the prestigious “Golden Boot” award … head coach was Marcus Corbett.

     

    ODP: Member of the Colorado ODP State Pool in 2005 and ‘08.

     

    US Soccer Academy: Played for the Colorado Rush Academy in 2009-10 and coach Erik Bushey … helped team to a 19-1-8 record and was ranked 3rd in the U17/U18 USSOCCER Developmental Academy … also played for the Colorado rapids Academy and coach Brett Jacobs in 2008-09.

     

    Club: Played for the Pride Predators ’92 in 2006 and ’07 … head coach was Chris Alex … also played for the Pride Cobras ’92 in 2005 for coach Paul Adair.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-city as a junior … honorable mention all-conference as a senior … named team’s most improved player as a junior …  … high school soccer coach was Ben Corley.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Alex is a Colorado Springs native with tremendous speed and athleticism.  He will compete for a starting spot and will put pressure on defenses throughout the conference next year. He played for the Rush Academy team and look to see him as an outside forward that can get behind the defense.” 

     

     

    Corey Friend

    Height: 5-7

    Weight: 135

    Position: Midfielder

    Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

    High School: St. Mary’s HS

    Club Team: Colorado Rush

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the Colorado Rush club team.

     

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer … first-team all-conference pick … set school record for most assists in a season (15) and one game(4) as a junior … named rookie of the year as a freshman … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was former Air Force head coach Lou Sagastume.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Corey is one of our initial second generation Falcon soccer players and his dad is the head coach for the women’s program at Air Force.  He was a local Colorado Springs standout at St Mary’s and for CO Rush.  He is coming off an ACL injury and we expect him to come back strong as an outside midfielder in the 2012 season when he is 100%.”

     

     

    Will Gustafson

    Height: 6-3

    Weight: 195

    Position: Defender

    Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

    High School: Fort Collins HS

    Club Team: Colorado Arsenal

     

    Before Air Force

    USAFA Prep School: Played for the USAFA Prep School in 2010 … team captain … head coach was Marcus Corbett.

     

    ODP: Played for the Colorado State ODP team for three years.

     

    Club: Played for the Colorado Arsenal club team … team captain three years … led team to Colorado club state championship in 2010 … state runner-up in ’09 … head coach was Tracy Tate.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … also lettered one year in football … led team to state championship as a senior … first-team all-state and runner-up for Colorado defensive player of the year … team captain … second-team all-conference as a junior … student body president and class president … high school soccer coach was Justin Stephens.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Will has great size and ability to read the play.  His presence in back solidified the prep school’s defense last year, and he will bring this presence to our program for the next four years.  He is a natural leader and was the on the field leader for his Arsenal Club team in Fort Collins, Colo.”

     

     

    Andy Marty

    Height: 5-9

    Weight: 165

    Position: Midfielder

    Hometown: Lake Mary, FL

    High School: Lake Mary HS

    Club Team: Florida Soccer Alliance

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the Florida Soccer Alliance … advanced to the State Cup Final Four three years … head coaches were Bill Eisselse and Xavier Delgado.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … team MVP as a senior … second-team all-conference as a junior and senior … selected to Seminole County All-Star team and East Florida All-Star team … honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore … member of National Honor Society … National Merit finalist … high school soccer coach was David Gardner.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Andy is a true competitor that will be a workhorse for our midfield.  He attended our camp two years ago and was the MVP for his age group.  He will bring a positive attitude to training and always pushes himself to get better and see him as a very good program player.”

     

    Sean McDowell

    Height: 5-11

    Weight: 160

    Position:

    Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

    High School: Scottsdale Christian Academy

    Club Team: North Valley Soccer Club

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the North Valley Soccer Club and coach Greg McDermott for two years … team captain … also played for the Sereno Soccer Club (coach Brian O’Donnell) and the Blackhawks (coach Ben Tobin) for one year.

     

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer … four-time team MVP … three-time team captain … two-time all-state selection … region player of the year as a junior … honorable mention all-state as a sophomore … National Honor Society Vice President.

     

     

    Scott McGillivray

    Height: 6-2

    Weight: 160

    Position: Midfielder

    Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

    High School: Liberty HS

    Club Team: Pikes Peak Rush

     

    Before Air Force

    USAFA Prep School: Played for the USAFA Prep School in 2010 … head coach was Marcus Corbett.

     

    Club: Played for the Pikes Peak Rush Soccer Club.

     

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer … honorable mention all-state selection as a senior … led team to league championship and state tournament appearance … scored a goal and added three assists in game that clinched the league title … high school soccer coach was Mike Goyden.

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Scott has great touch and will add composure on the ball in the midfield for us.  With his presence on the ball and ability to thread passes, we know he will become a dominate player in our program for us as he grows into his 6’2” frame.”

     

    Kevin Meyer

    Height: 5-9

    Weight: 145

    Position: Midfielder

    Hometown: Poway, CA

    High School: Poway HS

    Club Team: FC San Diego

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for FC San Diego for three years … helped team to championships at the Nomads College Showcase (’09), Albion Cup Showcase (’09), Pegasus Cup (’09), Arsenal Summer Showcase (’09) and the Surf Cup (’08) … team was a National Cup quarterfinalist this past summer … head coach was Brian Quinn.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … second-team all-league pick … member of the San Diego Union Tribune all-academic team … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was Gene Morris.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Kevin is a standout midfielder that is very comfortable on the ball.  He has a high work rate with great vision.  He will push our experienced midfield line for minutes and add touch.  He played at a high level of club ball for the FC San Diego club team.”

     

     

    Zak Modly

    Height: 5-7

    Weight: 140

    Position: Forward

    Hometown: Annapolis, MD

    High School: Mount St. Joseph HS

    Club Team: Freestate Soccer Alliance Elite

     

    Before Air Force

    USAFA Prep School: Played for the USAFA Prep School in 2010 … head coach was Marcus Corbett.

     

    ODP: Selected to the Maryland ODP team for six years … selected to National Pool once and Regional Team three times … Led all players in goals and assists and 2007 regional championships … made it to regional semifinals that year … has traveled to Italy, Argentina and Scotland with ODP teams. 

     

    Club: Played for the Freestate Soccer Alliance Elite team… team won State Cup championship under coach Pat Noel … two-time State Cup finalist under coaches Stave Campbell and Thomas Park.

     

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer … high school soccer coach was Mike St. Martin.

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Zak is an explosive attacking midfield player who led the prep school in scoring last year.  His quickness and speed, combined with his soccer savviness will add a needed ingredient to the team. His enthusiasm for the game and the Academy will bring many benefits to the program on and off the field.”

     

    Matthew Payne

    Height: 5-10

    Weight: 155

    Position: Defender

    Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL

    High School: Lake Forest Academy

    Club Team: Chicago Fire

     

    Before Air Force

    ODP: Played for the Illinois State ODP team for three years … team captain one season …selected for Region II Pool two years … member of the USL National Camp.

     

    US Soccer Academy: Played for the Chicago Fire Academy U16 … led team to national championship in 2010.

     

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in soccer … also lettered twice in wrestling and one year in volleyball … two-time all-section pick in soccer … all-conference as a sophomore … team MVP for wrestling and volleyball as a senior … high school soccer coach was Kevin Vorsen.

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Matt is a quick outside back that can get forward with his pace.   He played for the Chicago Fire Academy team that won the Academy National Championship in 2010.   He has very good soccer feet and adds immediate depth to our back line and getting minutes early in the season.”

     

     

    Tyler Popp

    Height: 6-2

    Weight: 170

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

    High School: Olympus HS

    Club Team: Impact United

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the Impact United Soccer Club for seven years … team captain for four years … helped team to State Cup semifinals … won all-star goalie award … head coaches were Connie Martin, Chris Madsen and Raffie Bezdjian.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … all-region selection as a senior … team captain … leadership award winner … high school soccer coach was Chris Sonntag.

     

     

    Erik Schuh

    Height: 6-3

    Weight: 195

    Position: Forward

    Hometown: Millersville, MD

    High School: Severna Park HS

    Club Team: Severna Park United Crew

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association for 11 years … helped Severna Park United Crew team to several college showcase titles and was ranked No. 2 in Maryland in 2010 … head coach was Mike Lay … also played with the Maryland Inferno in 2011.

     

    High School: Two-year letterwinner in soccer and lacrosse … second-team all-state and all-metro team as a senior … first-team all-county … led team to regional championship and state semifinals … team captain … led lacrosse team to 2010 state championship … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was Roy Dunshee.

     

     

    Ross Talbert

    Height: 5-10

    Weight: 176

    Position: Defender

    Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

    High School: Chaparral HS

    Club Team: Sereno Soccer Club

     

    Before Air Force

    Club: Played for the Sereno Soccer Club for 10 years … team was ranked No. 3 in the country this summer … helped team to the Arizona State Cup championship … also won the 2011 Surf Cup … head coach was Brian O’Donnell.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … member of all-state team as a senior … two-time all-city pick … named team’s best defender … team captain … offensive player of the year as a junior … member of Spanish Honor Society … high school soccer coach was Jason Speirs.  

     

    Coach Hill on Ross

    “Ross is a tough strong center back that wins tackles.  He reads the games well and will add power to our backline.  He was a standout player for the Sereno Club team in Arizona.”

     

     

    Henry Tirado

    Height: 5-10

    Weight: 175

    Position: Defender / Midfielder

    Hometown: Smithtown, NY

    High School: St. Anthony’s HS

    Club Team: Albertson Academy Northeast

     

    Before Air Force

    ODP: Played for the Eastern New York ODP state team from 2007-09 … selected for Super Y National Team in 2008 …

     

    US Soccer Academy: Played for the Albertson USSF Academy team from 2009-11 … head coach was Adrian Gaitan.

     

    Club: Played for the Albertson ’92 Academy Northeast Region team from 2007-09 … team captain in ’07 … also played for USL Rough Riders team from 2006-08.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … led team to three league championships … team captain as a senior … only sophomore on varsity team that season … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was Gene Buonaiuto.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Henry is a very tenacious left footed player that can play in the back and midfield.  He is strong on the ball winning most 50-50 battles. He has that never say die attitude and brings a strong work ethic to the team.”

     

     

    Luke Welch

    Height: 6-0

    Weight: 175

    Position: Midfielder

    Hometown: Middletown, MD

    High School: Middletown HS

    Club Team: FC Frederick

     

    Before Air Force

    ODP: Played for the Maryland ODP state team in 2007-08 … traveled to Argentina in 2008 … head coach was Keith Tabaznak.

     

    US Soccer Academy: Played for the Potomac team from 2008-11 … head coaches were Kris Hazard, Matt Pilkington and Zach Samol.

     

    Club: Played for the FC Frederick team from 2004-08.

     

    High School: Three-year letterwinner in soccer … two-time all-state and all-confernece selection … NSCAA Scholar All-American as a senior … led team in scoring as  ajunior and senior … member of National Honor Society … high school soccer coach was Bob Sheffler.  

     

    Coach Hill’s Comments

    “Luke is a strong ball winning midfielder that played for the Potomac Academy team.  He is a hard working true team player that will add depth to our experienced midfield and should see varsity time as a freshman.”

     

     

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