OMAHA, Neb. -- Twelve men, including four transfers, are part of the Creighton men's soccer recruiting class for 2012. The group will help offset the loss of seven starters, including four MLS draft picks, from last year's team that finished 21-2-1 and reached the College Cup.
"Because we lost so many players from last year's team, it was vital for our program's success to recruit well, and I'm excited about the 12 coming in," said CU head coach Elmar Bolowich.
"We lost pretty much every player down the spine of our team, from goalkeeper to center forward. They are hard to replace, because it's also a ton of experience. A lot of these guys have to step up. We are very happy that we have a balanced class of transfers and incoming freshmen."
Below is a breakdown of the 12 newcomers.
Brendan Hines-Ike, Fr., D, Chivas USA, USSF Academy
Captain of Chivas USA U18 squad in California ... Scored four goals in 25 games ... Native of Littleton, Colo.
Jagdeep “Sonny” Makh, Jr., M, Louisburg Junior College Named to 2011 NJCAA All-America Team ... Led the Hurricanes with 26 goals as a sophomore, including seven game-winners ... Also named to NJCAA Region X All-Region Team ... Native of Slough, England.
Benjamin Kucera, Fr., D, Chicago Fire, USSF Academy Started all but one game at center back for the Chicago Fire in 2011 ... Attends Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill. ... Team was Class 3A Regional Champion ... State champ and National runner-up in 3v3 ... One of Chicago Tribune's "20 Players to Watch" ... Member of National Honor Society who owns a 4.05 GPA ... Native of Burr Ridge, Ill.
Myles Englis, Fr., F, Cobb FC, Darlington Academy Played for Darlington Academy, where former Bluejay Byron Dacy now is on staff ... Native of Rome, Ga.
Eric DeJulio, Fr., M, Sporting Kansas City, USSF Academy Plays for Sporting Kansas City ... Attends Blue Valley Northwest HS, where he scored six goals as a central defender as a junior ... Named to Kansas Soccer Coaches Association Class 6A All-State First Team ... Team captain as a senior ... Named an Eastern Kansas League Scholar-Athlete ... Named second-team all-Metro as a senior ... Brother played football at Air Force ... Native of Overland Park, Kan.
Chris Tuso, Fr., M, Sporting Kansas City, USSF Academy Attends Blue Valley Northwest HS his final three years of high school after going to Walhalla (S.C.) High as a freshman ... Named to Kansas Soccer Coaches Association Class 6A All-State First Team ... Named first-team all-Metro as a senior ... Two-time all-Eastern Kansas League selection ... Scored six game-winning goals as a senior, including three in overtime ... Had a pair of hat tricks as a senior ... Was leading scorer on U16 Kansas State Cup team champions.
Carlos McCrary, Jr., F, University of North Carolina Transfer from North Carolina ... Played in 34 matches for the Tar Heels, including four starts ... Scored four goals and dished three assists ... Had a game-winning goal and an assist vs. Virginia Tech as a freshman ... Played 11 minutes in 2011 national championship game win over Charlotte ... Named to the ESPN Rise 2010 Spring All-America Team as a high school senior ... Native of Roswell, Ga., he attended Centennial High School ... Played club soccer for Concord Fire.
Zach Barnes, Jr., M, SMU Transfer from SMU, where he started 34-of-37 appearances ... Dished two assists and scored six goals, including a pair of game-winners ... Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's All-Rookie First Team, and Goal.com and Soccer America's All-Freshman Second Team ... Started and scored the game-winner against Missouri State in his first career game (9/1/10), then did the same in his second game vs. Lipscomb (9/4/10) ... Was an NSCAA/adidas and ESPN Rise All-American in both 2009 and 2010, and was 2010 Gatorade Texas Soccer Player of the Year ... Named nation's No. 7 recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com coming out of high school ... Attended Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.
Vincent Keller, Fr., D, SC Freiburg Youth Academy (Germany), Bahlinger SC
Helped his SC Freiburg club team win the 2011 German Cup ... Plays club for Bahlinger SC ... Native of Vogtsburg, Germany.
Bryce Ciambella, Fr., M, Florida Rush Soccer Club Attends Vanguard High School ... Club team won back-to-back Disney Soccer Showcase's, as well as the 2011 Florida State Cup and USYSA 2011 Region III Championship ... Competed in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Boys Soccer Tournament ... Will play for the Ocala Stampede in the PDL this summer ... Native of Ocala, Fla.
Gabe Garbin, Fr., D, Lincoln East HS, NFC Attends Lincoln East HS ... Joined high school soccer team after exclusively playing club soccer his first two years of high school ... Team reached state semifinals as a junior, and he was named to Lincoln Journal Star's Boys Class A All-State First Team ... Voted team captain of high school team as a senior ... Two-time team captain of Nebraska ODP team ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Lincoln East Honor Roll ... Native of Lincoln, Neb.
Benito Amaral, Jr., D, San Jacinto Junior College Attended San Jacinto CC in Texas and had two assists as a sophomore before transferring to Creighton and enrolling in January ... Played for Creighton in the spring ... Native of East Palo Alto, Calif., where he attended Menlo-Atherton HS.
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