SEATTLE – Seattle University men’s soccer added three student-athletes to its roster this spring, as Richard Bedats, Zach Nelson, and Sam Tessler joined Coach Pete Fewing’s program and will be eligible for the 2019 season.
“It was great to have these players join us during spring quarter as we were able to work with them and get them integrated into our system of play,” said Fewing, entering his 26th year at SU. “They are not only solid players on the field but also great in the classroom and have integrated into the team culture seamlessly. We are excited to have them at Seattle U and have them compete for starting spots in the fall.”
Bedats, a native of Trencin, Slovakia, played at Maryland in 2018. The 6-1 midfielder appeared in five matches as the Terps won the 2018 NCAA Championship. He played for AS Trencin in Slovakia for 14 years, being named best player in his academy. Bedats made numerous appearances for the Slovakian youth national team from U-15 through U-19.
“Richard comes to Seattle U after winning the national championship with Maryland this past year,” said Fewing. “He has a good youth pedigree, being part of the Slovakian youth national team setup at numerous age groups. Richard is a player who is adept with the ball at his feet and can change the game with his passing out of the back. Richard is comfortable along the backline or in the midfield and reads the game well from both positions.”
Nelson is from West Linn, Oregon. He played at Xavier for parts of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons, making 24 starts in goal. In 2017, Nelson earned Big East All-Freshman Team honors, recording a 1.32 goals against average and three shutouts. Last year, he notched a 1.28 GAA in 10 starts for the Musketeers. Prior to his time at Xavier, Nelson was the starting goalkeeper for Portland Timbers MLS Academy Team in 2015-16.
“Zach is a goalkeeper who has a lot of collegiate experience having played in the Big East,” said Fewing. “Zach has good hands and directs his backline well. Coming off an injury, Zach has shown glimpses of what he can do and we’re excited to see him back to full fitness and competing at the goalkeeper position this fall.”
Tessler is out of Rolling Hills Estates, California. He went to Washington last year, but did not appear in any contests for the Huskies. The 6-1 defender played three seasons of club soccer for Pateadores SS, making 62 starts and being named team captain.
“Sam was a top recruit coming out of the Pateadores Academy,” said Fewing. “He redshirted this past year and transfers to us with 4 years left. Sam is a tough and gritty defender with a good frame and good pace. He is simple playing out the back and is also versatile being able to play a number of positions along the backline. We look forward for Sam to push for a starting spot in the back this fall.”
In 2018, Seattle U won 13 games, marking its sixth straight season with at least 11 wins. It is one of just four Division I programs to win at least 11 games in each of the last six years.