Men’s Soccer Adds 21 Newcomers

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By WNCF Staff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- The Huntingdon men’s soccer program and head coach Kevin Ray has announced the addition of 21 newcomers who have completed their intent to enroll paperwork and have committed to play soccer for the Hawks in 2010.

Nick Alverson, Kyle Gifford, Shawn Greenspan, Andrew Hilton, Hunter Howell, Nick Jax, Eric Lyerly, Brandon Maddox, Kyle Nickels, Tyler Olsen, Trey Perdue, Ryan Smith, Blake Spiker, Kyle Stewart, Evan Turner, Stanley Vinson, T.J. Wadriski, Will Warren, Matt Wheeler, Kevin Whorton, Tyler Woods have been accepted to Huntingdon and will wear scarlet and grey for the Hawks during the upcoming season.

“I am excited about the new crop of talent we are adding to our team,” sixth-year head coach Kevin Ray said. “More importantly, these young men are standouts in the classroom and will represent Huntingdon College with the utmost respect. Combining this group with the 16 returners from last season, we should be in store for an exciting 2010 season.”

Alverson, who played both defender and midfield at Pell City High School, is from Cropwell, Ala. In addition to his career with the Panthers, Alverson also competed on the Vestavia Steamers Club Team, which was a State Cup Division I finalist in 2009. While at Huntingdon, Alverson plans to major in athletic training.

Gifford prepped at Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, Miss., where he played for head coach Jeff French and helped the Greyhounds to the district championship during his junior season. A goalkeeper planning to major in communication studies, Gifford also participated on the Gulf Coast United Club Team for head coach Freddy Clavijo.

A native of Smiths, Ala., Greenspan played defender for head coach John Prestridge at Smiths Station High School and also for the Auburn Thunder Club Team and head coach Brian Mosholder. While at Huntingdon, he plans to major in history.

Hilton will join the Hawks after playing his prep soccer at Alabama Christian Academy for head coach Rob Carlton. A defender from Wetumpka, Hilton also played for the River Region Soccer Club, where he helped the team win the Division II Alabama State Cup in 2008 under former Huntingdon assistant coach Gregg Ryan and capture the regular-season Division I Alabama State Cup championship in 2009 under Ray. He is currently undecided on a major.

Howell is one of two newcomers from the state of Florida, having prepped at Maclay High School in Tallahassee for head coach Andy Warner. Able to play both forward and midfield, Howell helped the Marauders to Florida 2A State Championship game as a junior and the 2A Final Four as a senior. He also participating on the Tallahassee United Club Team, where he played in the United States Club Soccer Regional in 2009 for coach Josh Bruno. While at Huntingdon, he plans to major in sports studies.

Also from Florida, Jax was a two-year team captain that played center midfield and forward for head coach Mike Balata at Lake Region High School in Winter Haven, Fla. In addition to his standout prep career, Jax also played for coach Kelvin Jones on the HC United Red Soccer Club, which was ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida and 25th nationally in 2010.

Lylerly joins the Hawks after spending the 2009 season at Birmingham-Southern College. The forward/midfielder is a resident of Birmingham and prepped at Hoover High School. He also played club soccer for the Hoover Soccer Club. He will major in business administration at Huntingdon.

A resident of Montgomery, Maddox played high school soccer at Montgomery Catholic, where he was a defender/midfielder. Along with his prep career, he also played for the Capital City Streaks Club Team. While at Huntingdon, he plans to major in political science.

Nickels joins the Hawks after helping Prattville High School to the Alabama 6A State Tournament Final Four as a junior and senior. A forward on the field, he also played for the River Region Soccer Club, where he helped the team to the 2008 Division II State Championship and the 2009 Division I regular-season championship. At Huntingdon, Nickels plans to major in athletic training.

A midfielder from Montgomery, Olsen prepped at Trinity Presbyterian High School, where he was a four-year starter. Along with playing for the Wildcats, Olsen also was a member of the Capital City Streaks Club Team. He plans to major in biochemistry at Huntingdon.

A transfer from Delta State University, Perdue will play defender for the Hawks in 2010. A local product from Wetumpka, Perdue prepped at Trinity Presbyterian High School and also played for the Capital City Streaks Club Team.

Smith, who is from Pell City, Ala., prepped at Pell City High School, where he played defender. While at Huntingdon, he plans to major in sports studies.

Spiker joins the Hawks following a standout prep career at Moody High School in Moody, Ala., where he played forward and midfielder. While competing for the Blue Devils, Spiker was a team captain and also participated on the Birmingham United Select Soccer Club. Spiker has not declared a major.

Stewart is the lone member of the incoming class from the state of Georgia. A defender from Midland, Ga., Stewart prepped at Hardaway High School and began his collegiate career at Middle Georgia CC. Stewart was a four-year starter and team captain at Hardaway and also played for the Columbus Red Star and AFC Lightning Club Teams. He plans to major in political science.

A goalkeeper from Alabama Christian Academy, Turner played his high school soccer for head coach Rob Carlton. In addition to his standout prep career, Turner also played for the River Region Soccer Club, which captured the 2008 Division II State Championship and the 2009 Division I regular-season championship. While at Huntingdon, Turner plans to major in biology.

A two-year starter at forward for head coach John Prestridge at Smiths Station High School, Vinson also played club soccer for the River City Soccer Club and the Auburn Thunder. He plans to major in biology upon arrival at Huntingdon.

Wadriski was a three-year starter at Robertsdale High School, where he played forward and midfield for the Bears. Along with a standout prep career, the Loxley, Ala., native also played for the Blast Soccer Club. He is currently undecided on a major.

A transfer from Southern Union Community College, Warren prepped at Prattville High School and helped the Lions to the 2009 6A State Final Four. A forward/midfielder, Warren also played for the River Region Soccer Club and will major in sports studies.

The third goalkeeper in the incoming class, Wheeler played high school soccer at Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery. Along with a stellar prep career, Wheeler also played club soccer for the Capital City Streaks and the Cajun Soccer Club which was coached by former Major League Soccer (MLS) player Michael Ritch. He plans to major in sports studies at Huntingdon.

Also from Alabama Christian Academy, Wharton will be able to play forward or midfield for the Hawks. Along with his high school career, Wharton also played for the River Region Soccer Club which won the 2008 Division II Alabama State Championship. He is undecided on a major.

A four-year starter at Goochland High School in Goochland, Va., Woods earned first-team all-district honors for head coach Ron Spessard. He was a two-year captain for the Bulldogs and also played for the Richmond Kickers Club Team. The forward/midfielder plans to major in biology.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As an NCAA Division III institution, Huntingdon College does not award scholarships based on athletic performance.

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