Heaney Adds Three For 2013 Season
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW head men's soccer coach Aidan Heaney has announced the additions of William Clark, Kellen Foster and Freddy Nzekele to his program for the 2013-14 year.
"I am really pleased not only with the quality of our incoming class, but how they might compliment the returning players next season. With such a young team returning, a group I have high expectations of, we had specific needs to address and believe this group can fulfill those needs. I feel their ambition matches ours that they will compete and be committed to winning"
William Clark (Milford, Mich./Brighton) is a defender/midfielder and UNCW's first ever recruit from the state of Michigan. Clark exploded offensively for Brighton his sophomore and junior seasons, totaling 28 goals and 15 assists. As a junior, he was named third-team All-State as well as being honored as County Player-of-the-Year for the Bulldogs. Clark plays for the Vardar SC Freiburg Academy and helped the team to the USSDA Academy Finals in 2011 and 2012. His uncle Mike Clark played at Indiana and was a third-team All-America in 1994 before playing eight seasons with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. William's sister Madi competes in Equestrian at the University of Georgia.
"Will is a technically clean yet hardnosed player, who has the ability of playing a number of positions. We were able to get a good sense of his potential when he joined us for summer camp, and I believe he can continue his growth and development here at UNCW."
Kellen Foster (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) is a central midfielder and continues UNCW's strong connection to the state's capital region. He is a TopDrawerSoccer.com Class of 2013 - 4 star recruit and rated the #16 player in the South Atlantic Region. Foster captains the CASL Chelsea FC Academy team and helped the team to the USSDA Academy Finals in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Kellen led the Green Hope Falcons to a #1 state ranking at the 4-A level and then finished the season with a national ranking of seventh after winning the 4A state title. He was honored as an All-State selection.
"Kellen is one of the premier players coming out of North Carolina this year. He is Mr. Consistent, is a very smart soccer player, tactically astute, and reads the game extremely well. He has excellent leadership qualities and is someone who will impact our program immediately. Kellen is a true competitor who will make himself and those around him better."
Freddy Nzekele (Silver Spring, Md./Chevy Chase) is a forward who hails from the mid-atlantic region. Nzekele earned All-Met honors three times entering his senior year, in which he'll serve as the team's captain. In three seasons, he notched 35 goals and assisted on 12. Nzekele currently plays for AC Bethesda on the club level, which includes Freddy Adu on its alumni list. On the national level, he has played in the U.S. U15 National Pool. Nzekele also had the opportunity to train with FC Metz, a football club in France's Ligue 2. While playing soccer for Chevy Chase, Freddy was also one of the nation's top sprinters last spring, specializing in the 300 meters.
"Freddy is an exciting forward blessed with speed and will add another dimension to our team next season. His pace and movement will allow us the opportunity to stretch the game and pose opponents problems. He has a huge upside as far as his potential. Along with the attacking players we have returning, I am really looking forward to seeing what Freddy and this group can do as an attacking force."