SEATTLE – (August 8) No. 22 Seattle University men’s soccer has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2018 season. The Redhawks will look to defend their 2017 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship this fall.

Harrison Kurtz, Thomas Mickoski, Hamish Ritchie, and Jordan Zimmerman will join the SU roster for the upcoming season. Coach Pete Fewing enters his 25th season as head coach.

“We are excited to add these 4 transfers to the program,” said Fewing. “All of them have two years remaining and have a lot of game experience at the college level. Each of them will add a different dimension to the team, but the main thing is each player fits well with our style of play and is committed to helping the team be successful. We expect these players to compete for playing time right away.”

The group will join SU as it prepares for a pair of exhibition games next week. The Redhawks welcome British Columbia on Monday, Aug. 13, for a 4 p.m. kickoff at Championship Field and then take on Portland on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Admission for both games is free. 

Kurtz played at Clemson for the last two years. The Sammamish, Wash., native appeared in 33 games, making two starts with the Tigers. He tallied four assists in 2017. Kurtz played for the Sounders Academy for four years, posting 12 goals and 33 assists.

“Harrison is a very talented player who can play any of the attacking positions,” said Fewing. “He is very sharp technically, good control and is able to find and execute the final pass. He is able to combine well in the final 3rd and will look for him to add another dimension to the attacking group. Harrison is a local Sounders academy product who is transferring back home and we are excited for what he will bring to the team this fall.” 

Mickoski is a St. John’s transfer. The native of Innisfil, Ontario, was a member of the Canadian U-17 National Team and played with Toronto FC Academy. At St. John’s, he made 21 starts over two seasons.

“Thomas has a lot of experience with the Canadian youth national team, Toronto FC Academy and St. John’s,” said Fewing. “He is very versatile being able to play all positions on the backline or in the midfield. We really liked Thomas’s ability on the ball, he is calm under pressure and keeps possession well being able to get into the attack from wide spaces. He is also a gritty defender who looks to put players under pressure. Thomas was great throughout the recruiting process and will fit into the team culture very well.”

Ritchie is from Aberdeen, Scotland. He played the last two years at Hartwick (NY) College. Last season, he earned All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team honors. In 2016, he was Sun Belt Co-Freshman of the Year. Ritchie tallied four goals and eight assists in his two years as a Hawk.

“Hamish was a two-year starter at Hartwick,” said Fewing. “What really stood out for us was his passing ability, he has a great longer range of passing and can also combine through the midfield with short quick passes.  Technically Hamish is very comfortable under pressure and has the ability to dictate the game from a central midfield position. We are excited to work with Hamish and look forward to him integrating into the team.”

Zimmerman is an Olympia, Wash., native. He played at Evergreen State College for the last two years. In 2016, he claimed NAIA All-American accolades. In 15 appearances, Zimmerman recorded four goals and an assist for the Geoducks.

“Jordan joined us this past spring and adds an athletic presence to the back line,” said Fewing. “He is good in the air and this spring he adjusted well to the team and is getting up to the speed of play at this level. We are excited to see how he competes for a spot this fall.”

Seattle U returns a strong core from last season, as Nathan Aune, a 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-American Third Team and Scholar All-American, will lead a stellar defensive unit. SU opens the 2018 regular season on Aug. 24 at New Mexico.

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