Six players add depth to Forester roster

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2012-05-15
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Zach Droll

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Ryan Lechlitner
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Rick Raison
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Chris Smith

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington University men’s soccer coach Russ Lawson has announced the addition of six players to his 2012 roster. Justin Baker (Rossville, Ind.), Zach Droll (Kokomo, Ind.), Austin Flores (Oak Harbor, Ohio), Ryan Lechlitner (Pendleton, Ind.), Rick Raison (Anderson, Ind.) and Chris Smith (New Albany, Ind.) have recently committed to continuing their soccer careers in green and white this fall.

Justin Baker is a center midfielder with a big upside. The Rossville High School standout is dedicated to developing on both sides of the ball which will serve him and the program well as he looks to make his imprint. Baker earned First Team All-Conference honors this past season. He is a business major and the son of Nelson and Joleen Baker.

Zach Droll, a tenacious center back who is strong in the air, scored nine goals coming out of the back for 5th-ranked Peru Christian in his final campaign. His ability to organize and keep defensive shape will be an asset to the Foresters this season. Droll will enter HU as an honor student and is undecided on a major. He is the son of Jan and Doug Droll.

Known for his approach and work rate, Austin Flores is a tireless worker who is committed to continuous improvement. The Oak Harbor High School standout played in the midfield and in the back so his versatility should bode well for him as he looks to make an impact for the Foresters this fall. The HU honor student plans on majoring in history education. He is the son of Jeff and Robin Miller.

Ryan Lechlitner is a Ball State University transfer looking to impact the program along the backline. As a senior at Liberty Christian High School, Lechlitner was named the Madison County Player of the Year and received First Team Pioneer Academic Athletic Conference honors. This past season he has continued to develop his game by playing for Sporting Indiana FC and the BSU club team. Lechlitner will transfer into HU as an exercise science honor student. He is the son of Erik and Pamela Lechlitner.

Rick Raison is joining HU via Anderson University and Pensacola Christian College. During his final season at Indiana Christian Academy, he led his team in scoring with 18 goals and for his efforts was named the Offensive MVP. With his attitude and desire to play collegiate soccer, the First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference pick has a promising career as a Forester. Raison plans to pursue a degree in marketing. He is the son of Tom and Beth Raison.

Chris Smith is a versatile player who defends well and has the potential to get up in the attack. He was Christian Academy of Indiana’s MVP this past season and helped guide his team to the program’s first IHSAA Sectional title. Smith capped off his senior season with 10 goals and 12 assists earning him a spot on the New Albany Tribune All Area Team. This business major is the son of Ned and Maria Smith. 

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. 

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