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HU men’s soccer inks six recruits

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington University men’s soccer program and head coach Russ Lawson are excited to announce six recruits for the class of 2016. Coming off a year highlighted by improvement in all major statistical categories, a 9-9-1 record and a Crossroads League playoff appearance, Lawson is looking forward to this fall.

“With the offense intact from last season, this 2016 class is definitely addressing our need for replacing our graduating defensive players and building depth in the midfield,” noted Lawson. “Our returning players have been working their tails off this winter/spring which is allowing for continued development to our brand. Adding these six individuals into the mix with their quality and competitiveness will take us to another level.”

Andy Bilen is a 2015 graduate of Archbold High School in Ohio. As a center back, he anchored the backline and led his team to a 2013 NWOAL championship/district final and 2014 sectional final and for his efforts was named NWOAL Honorable Mention. Bilen also exceled in the classroom having earned NWOAL Scholar Athlete, All District Academic Excellence, and All State Academic Excellence honors. Andy is the son of Sheridan and Rita and will be majoring in business at Huntington.

“Andy is a strong physical player who will bring a no nonsense approach to our program in his ball winning and work rate,” said Lawson. “He is an outstanding student and his attitude are going to allow him to succeed here at HU.”

Stephen Brown will be joining the Foresters from Mansfield Christian High School in Ohio. This First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District player helped guide his team to some of the greatest accomplishments in Mansfield Christian program history. As MCHS’s central defender, he led his team to an overall record of 21-2 and a runner-up finish at the state finals as a sophomore.

The following year, his team won a state championship before an injury cut his senior season short. Brown has also excelled in the classroom as evidenced by his membership to the National Honor Society. Stephen, son of Kevin and Susan, will be a pre-med major.

“We are very excited to have a quality player and individual like Stephen joining the program,” noted Lawson. “He has experienced elite soccer having played on the biggest high school stage and when you combine that with his club experience with the Classic Eagles, his transition to the collegiate game should a smooth one.”

Cam Dice hails from Clare, Michigan (Clare High School) and is a fantastic three-sport athlete who will look to make an impact in Forester green and white this coming fall.

“Cam’s 6 ‘2 frame and pace have served him well as he holds several Pioneer records including single season goals (29), single season assists (16), and career goals (64),” commented Lawson. “This type of production can’t be ignored and he combines that with attitude and work rate to make life difficult for defenders.”

Dice has also positioned himself well academically and will likely be named valedictorian of his senior class. During his high school career he has been named to all-conference, district, regional, and state teams for both soccer and academics. Along with impacting the soccer program, he will look to play baseball at HU while studying sports management. Cam is the son of Jeff and April.

Ethan McNeil is an Indianapolis native who earned his stripes playing for Covenant Christian High School. His prep career included winning the 2014 Indianapolis City Tournament where he was named to the All-Tournament team. The following year he helped guide his team to an IHSAA sectional championship. Ethan is the son of Andrew and Laurie and will graduate with an Academic Honors Diploma this spring.

“Ethan is a lock down defender who puts the team first in all he does. He strives to play a risk free game each time out and it is that type of discipline that will serve him well at the next level. I envision him being a glue guy who can rally the troops with his gritty play,” stated Lawson.

William Suarez comes to Huntington from southern Florida where he shaped his game playing for Weston FC and most recently West Pines United. Suarez is an honor roll student at Pembroke Pines Charter High School and currently serves his school as president of the Spanish Honor Society. William is the son of Guillermo and Doris.

“Willy is a versatile footballer who can impact as a wing back or outside midfielder. He has a fantastic engine, is very tenacious into his challenges and is tactically sound,” commented Lawson.

Fort Wayne native and Carroll High School standout Luke Unger will join the program this fall after a stellar prep career for one of the top teams in Indiana. As captain, he led the Chargers to a 13-5-2 record this past fall. For his career, Unger amassed 14 goals and 16 assists from the center mid position.

“This past fall Luke was named to the Indiana First Team All-District and First Team All-Area teams,” said Lawson. “We know we are getting a very talented box to box midfielder who can change a game on both sides of the ball. We will more than likely keep him in the center of the park but we know he is capable of playing out wide.”

This spring Unger is finishing up his club career with Fort Wayne Sport Club, a team that is currently competing in the MRL which saw them place third in the Indiana State Cup in 2015. The similar drive that you see on the field is also evident for Unger in the classroom.  He is a current member of the Carroll honor roll and will look to double major and minor in marketing, entrepreneurship and sports management while at HU. Luke is the son of Mark and Regina.

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The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.