SEATTLE (Feb. 3) – The Seattle University men’s soccer has announced the signing of three student-athletes for its Class of 2017. The Redhawks have also added three transfers who have enrolled at SU this winter.
Alexander Acton-Petronotis, Marc Bermudez, and Gabriel Ruiz will join Coach Pete Fewing’s program for the Fall 2017 season. Transfers Orlando Neto, Ivory Randle IV, and Kees Westra will also begin their SU careers in the fall.
“We are very excited about our 2017 class,” said Fewing. “We have a balanced class with several incoming freshmen and three transfers. Each of these student athletes excels on the field and in the classroom, and will be great representatives of the university and soccer program.”
Acton-Petronotis played at A&M Consolidated High in College Station, Texas. He played centerback and was a two-year team captain. Acton-Petronotis also played for the Houston Dynamo Academy club.
“We saw Alex this summer during the playoffs with his Houston Dynamo Academy team,” said Fewing. “He has good size and athleticism for a defender and has the ability to play out of the back. We look for Alex to have a big impact at Seattle U over his four years here.”
Acton-Petronotis on why he chose Seattle University
“I believe Seattle U is going to help me become a better person as well as a better soccer player. Seattle is a beautiful city and I look forward to spending my next four years there.”
Bermudez is a Capistrano Valley High product. The native of Mission Viejo, California, played for the Strikers FC Developmental Academy for four seasons. The defender also appeared for the United FC Gold ’98 at U-15 nationals.
“Marc has been an integral part of the Strikers U-18 team the past two years,” said Fewing. “He is a player who likes to defend, he is simple in possession and is very good in the air. Marc checks all the boxes-great student, great work ethic and a team-first mentality and we look forward to having him at Seattle U.”
Bermudez on why he chose Seattle University
“I was fascinated with how extraordinary the city of Seattle was and how beautiful and clean the campus was. I was amazed at all of the great connections with well-established businesses the school had, which will help after I graduate. I especially liked the brotherhood that has been established within the program and the player’s work ethic and willingness to improve their game.”
Ruiz played at Clements High in Texas. The central midfielder was a member of Houston Dynamo Academy for four seasons. He helped his club team win the Sao Paulo state title in 2013 in his native Brazil.
“Gabe caught our eye this past summer while playing in the playoffs for the Houston Dynamo Academy,” said Fewing. “Gabe is a two-way midfielder who combines well and will fit in nicely with our style of play.”
Ruiz on why he chose Seattle University
“I chose Seattle U because of the school is highly ranked in academics and soccer. I was amazed by the campus, soccer facilities and the city of Seattle. I was impressed by the staff’s winning mentality and support they give to the players on and off the field.”
Neto is a junior college transfer from Cliffside Park, New Jersey. At Rowan College, he was a first team all-region choice twice. Neto led Region XIX in points in both years at Rowan. The midfielder helped Cliffside Park High to a 19-1 record in 2013. Neto was two-time first team all-state pick in high school.
“Orlando is another winter quarter transfer who has a very good feel for the game,” said Fewing. “He has good control in the tight spaces and has the ability to find the final pass. He will add another dimension to our attack with his ability to combine and take players on.”
Neto on why he chose Seattle University
“Due to the quality of the soccer program along with the great academics the university can offer me. I believe the program will help me become not only a better soccer player but also a better person.”
Randle is a native of Sammamish, Washington. He attended Saint Mary’s College in the fall before transferring to SU. The Skyline High product played five seasons with Sounders FC, including four with the US Developmental Academy.
“Ivory enrolled winter quarter and is doing well during winter training,” said Fewing. “He is an athletic defender who played with the Sounders Academy. He is a very good one-on-one defender and has the ability to get up and down the wing, utilizing his speed and quickness.”
Randle on why he chose Seattle University
“The program does not focus solely on being the best soccer players, but developing upstanding men off the field as well. I realized the importance of being a part of a program where the team culture valued players holistically. I am extremely grateful that Seattle U has accepted me and will challenge me academically, socially and athletically for the next four years.”
Westra played at Marquette University before arriving at Seattle U this winter. The Monroe, Washington, native was a two-time Big East All-Academic selection. He played left back at Monroe High and was a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy for three years. Westra was with the Washington State Olympic Development Program from 2009-12.
“Kees transferred in during winter quarter,” said Fewing. “He is a local player who played with the Sounder Academy. Kees has quickly integrated into the team. He is an attacking left back who provides good service from wide areas and has the ability to combine in the final third. We look for Kees to compete for the left back position this spring.”
Westra on why he chose Seattle University
“After my experience away from home, I realized what an important factor family can be for an individual. I wanted to return home to a school closer to my family, that not only offered me the opportunity to further my collegiate career as an athlete, but to continue my education in mechanical engineering as well. Soccer has always been my passion and getting the chance to work with such a highly regarded coaching staff was something that could not be overlooked.”
Seattle U won 11 games last season, taking second in the WAC. It holds the longest active home winning streak in Division I at 16 matches entering the 2017 season.