Huntington University soccer coach Russ Lawson announced that Covenant Christian High School seniors Todd Canal and Sam Thompson have signed their national letters of intent to play for the Foresters this fall. No strangers to winning, these two athletes led their team to 16-3 record this past fall and during their four-year career, the Warriors amassed an impressive 54-12-4 record.
“The success on the field speaks for itself and these are two well-rounded individuals who have the potential to make a great impact at Huntington University both on and off the field,” commented Coach Lawson.
Thompson, a two-year varsity starter, helped anchor the defense in two City Runners-up and Sectional Runners-up teams. His success on the field earned him a spot on the Indiana East/West All-Star game as well as two-time Honorable Mention City Team honors.
Off the field, his accomplishments are just as impressive. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the All-Academic Team. Thompson was also a part of the 2011 Boys' Basketball Sectional Championship team.
“Sam is a courageous defender with a tremendous heart and solid tackling ability which makes him a prototypical marking back,” stated Coach Lawson. “Combine that with his athletic ability and mental toughness, we look for Sam to bring stability to the backline.”
Thompson, who plans to study business management at HU, is the son of Yvonne and Chris Thompson of Brownsburg, Indiana.
As a senior, Canal was the National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) Player of the Year. In addition to being the Indianapolis Star City Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, he was also a three-year member of the NCSAA Northeast Super Region Team and First-Team All-City, two-time First-Team All-District pick and was named to Indiana's 2010 All-State Team.
“We are also fortunate to have a quality individual such as Todd commit to our program,” commented Coach Lawson. “He is a forward with excellent pace and striking ability. Todd’s composure and strength on the ball allow him to not only finish on a regular basis but it also allows for his team to get numbers into the attack.”
Canal plans to major in education. He is the son of Terry and David from Indianapolis, Indiana.