Foresters sign first three recruits for 2012

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Lewis (L), Rivera (R)
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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Huntington University men’s soccer program is excited to announce their first three recruits for the 2012 season. Joseph Newbery (Belleville, Mich.), Yordan Rivera (Bothol, Wash.), and Horraine Lewis (Hopewell, Jamaica) have each signed a letter of intent to continue their careers in green and white this coming fall.

Joseph Newbery is an attack-minded player who can finish. He scored 32 goals and dished out 14 assists during his final season of competition at Huron High School and for his effort was recognized as a Second Team All-State honoree, the Monroe County Player of the Year and the Huron League MVP. Newbery has also invested in playing year round for the Novi Jaguars and Michigan Rush.

“Joey has excellent movement off the ball and is always looking for his teammates,” states Coach Lawson. “When you combine that with his technical abilities in the attacking 1/3, you can’t help but get excited about his future at HU.”

Newbery will enter HU as an honor student and is currently undecided on a major. He is the son of Robert and Bessie Newbery.

Yordan Rivera is coming off a solid season at Ancilla College where he netted four goals and assisted nine others.

“He is a versatile, creative player who loves the ball at his feet. Whether on the flank or playing the link role, Rivera has the ability to control a match with his vision and composure,” commented Coach Lawson. “Having played at the national academy level for the Seattle Sounders and a year of collegiate experience under his belt, we are looking for Yordan to control tempo and continue to be the dangerous player that he is. It is going to be a joy to watch him impact games.”

Rivera plans to major in business. He is the son of Erik Herrera and Maria Ospina.

Horraine Lewis comes to HU having spent his last two years at Ancilla College. As a midfielder for the Chargers, Lewis racked up several awards which included being named First Team NJCAA Region 12 in 2011 and Second Team NJCAA Region 12 in 2010. He is also a two-time member of the MCCAA All-Conference Team.

“After watching Horraine play, I couldn’t help but admire and appreciate his no nonsense approach to the game,” said Coach Lawson. “He is a ball winner in the center of the park, he organizes and keeps shape, plus he has the ability to change the point of attack with his distribution. Horraine has the ability to control a match.”

Lewis will be an HU honor student majoring in business. He is the son of Lennox Lewis. 
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 187 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. 


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director