AZUSA, Calif.-- Head coach Dave Blomquist has announced the commitments for the 2012 recruiting class for the Azusa Pacific men’s soccer program. The Cougars have received commitments from five players, although Blomquist expects that number to grow before all is said and done.
“I’m very excited about the guys that have committed so far. These five players are all very accomplished and will continue to strengthen the program, and are all fine young men who will add to the overall community at Azusa Pacific,” said Blomquist.
The class is incredibly balanced with three midfielders, one defender, and one attacking mid to add to a roster that made it to the NAIA National Tournament final site last season.
“With the five players we have balance of attackers, midfielder, and defenders. I think they will immediately add to the quality and depth of the side,” said Blomquist. “I’m really excited about these guys...we’ll be looking to add a few more over the next few months to finish up the recruiting class, but these five guys really add to the program.”
LUKE ACKERMANN: Center Midfielder; Costa Mesa, Calif. (Calvary Chapel High School)
Career: Played club soccer for Slammers FC, and the Irvine Strikers Academy before joining the West Coast Football Club. Has helped his team to three league cup titles, two state cup championship finals, and two trips to the Dallas Cup Invitational.
MICAH ALVAREZ: Midfielder; Rancho Cordova, Calif., (Capital Christian High School)
Career: Was a three-time all-Golden Empire League selection, and helped the Cougars to three CIF finals, and a 2011 CIF championship. Capital Christian finished 2011 19-0-3 and was ranked No. 14 nationally, and 4th in the state of California by Maxpreps.com. Also played club soccer for Cap FC.
KEENAN ARMBURST: Forward; Rancho Cordova, Calif., (Capital Christian High School)
Career: Was a three-time all-Golden Empire League player, and earned the conference’s offensive MVP in 2011. Was also named to the all-City team after scoring 23 goals and recording 14 assists. Max Preps ranked Capital Christian as the No. 14 team in the country and No.4 in California. Also played club soccer for Cap FC.
COLTON LAMB: Defender/Midfielder; Broomfield, Colo. (Broomfield HS)
Career: Named the 2011 Northern Conference player of the year, and led his team to an 8-0-0 conference record. Earned 2011 first-team all-state recognition, and helped his team to the state finals in 2010. Strong in the classroom, earning all-academic honors four times. Played club for the Colorado Storm, and won a state championship in 2009.
CASEY SBRANA: Midfield/Forward; Danville, Calif. (Monte Vista High School)
Career: Captains his high school team, which is currently 12-2-6. Plays club soccer for the Mustang Soccer Club, and was a member of the Davis Legacy Tournament Championship team.