Peter Fewing, head coach of the Seattle University men's soccer team, has announced that six student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent during the recent period to attend the university and join the Redhawk soccer program starting in the 2013-14 academic year.
Kyle Bjornethun (Snohomish, Wash.) has been a two-year letterman in soccer at Glacier Peak High School, helping the Grizzlies win the 3A state championship in 2010. After leading Eastside FC to a third place finish at the 2011 national tournament, the 5'11" left back joined the Seattle Sounders Academy.
Fewing on Bjornethun: "Kyle is a local player for the Sounders academy, and he had an opportunity to play with the U18 national team. He is a good attacker out of the back with good size and pace, and he is a smart player on the pitch."
Justice Duerksen (San Clemente, Calif.) was a two-time coach's award winner at San Clemente High School who helped the Tritons win the 2011-12 state championship. The 5'11" forward/midfielder led United FC in scoring during the 2011-12 club season and is currently playing for the Chivas USA U18 Academy squad. His mother Betsy Duerksen was the head coach for the Seattle U women's soccer team from 1991 to 1993.
Fewing on Duerksen: "Justice played for the Chivas program, where he was a midfielder. However, I believe he has the potential to help us in the back here at Seattle U."
Shane Mahvi (San Diego, Calif.) is a 5'11" forward/center midfielder who has led Francis Parker High School in scoring in three of his four years on the varsity squad, helping the Lancers reach the CIF finals in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He has been the team captain for Albion SC for the past five years, helping his squad win the State Cup in both 2011 and 2012.
Fewing on Mahvi: "Shane is a good ball winner, defensive-minded, a hard tackler and has a terrific work rate. He can also control the ball comfortably with either foot."
Brandon Marquez (Las Cruces, N.M.) is a 6'1" center back who has been a three-year varsity starter at Mayfield High School, leading the team to three straight state playoff appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2010. A two-time all-state honoree, Marquez spent 12 years in the Strikers FC club system before playing for the New Mexico Rush and, most recently, in the Real Salt Lake Academy.
Fewing on Marquez: "Brandon is a good organizer and leader, and he is great with both feet. He will come in and challenge for a starting role as a center back."
Jonathan Massimino (San Ramon, Calif.) has been a three-year starter for the California High School varsity squad, helping the Grizzlies go undefeated in his sophomore season and post an 18-3-2 record in his junior year. Playing a variety of positions on the pitch, he also participated on the football team and played club soccer for San Ramon Azuri for 13 years, earning MVP honors four straight years from 2007 to 2010.
Fewing on Massimino: "Jonathan plays up front or in the midfield. He has a great frame, has the ability to score, and is a dominant ball-winner."
Paul Rohani (Cartersville, Ga.) has been a four-year varsity player at the Darlington School in Rome, Ga., scoring nine goals and dishing out 12 assists so far in 2012-13 after earning 14 goals and 19 assists in 2011-12. The 5'9" center midfielder has played club soccer for Concorde Fire, leading the team to the Georgia state championship in both 2011 and 2012.
Fewing on Rohani: "Paul holds himself well on the ball, is a great decision maker, doesn't give the ball away often, and is talented with both feet."
The Seattle University men's soccer team moves to the Western Athletic Conference in 2013, as the league will sponsor men's soccer as a championship sport for the first time since 1999. Next season, the Redhawks will compete against Air Force, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist, San Jose State, UMKC, and UNLV, with Chicago State and Utah Valley set to begin competition in 2014 and UT Pan American scheduled to add men's soccer in time for the 2015 season.