|Men's Soccer Adds Three For 2014-15|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney has announced the additions of Ryan Cretens, Kalvin Kromer and Jacob Turney to his roster for the 2014 season.
“The addition of Ryan, Kalvin and Jake addresses some immediate needs that we had for this coming year, giving us some additional quality and depth to our team,” said Heaney. “I expect them to come in ready to compete and to get on the field. We look forward to working with them in August.”
Ryan Cretens, a goalkeeper, comes to the Seahawk program after playing at the prep level for Jeremiah Mattingly at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and for the Capital Area Railhawks Academy program. TopDrawerSoccer.com listed Ryan as a four-star recruit and 25th in the South Atlantic Region. Cretens has participated in several showcases including the Academy Showcase in Sarasota, Fla., in 2012 and 2013 and the Academy Regional Showcase in Dallas, Texas in 2013.
“Ryan joins the team as one of the top Goalkeepers coming out of high school in North Carolina this year. He has made huge strides in his play the past two seasons while playing for Capital Area Railhawks Academy U-18’s. He is athletic and plays with a presence. He is a good shot stopper, is comfortable playing with his feet and continues to improve in that department. I see a lot of potential in Ryan – he has a determined attitude and will continue to develop working with Sean Melvin and Sam Williams every day.”
Kalvin Kromer is another in-state product hailing from the Capital Area. Kromer played at Green Hope High School and plays with the Capital Area Railhawks, along with Cretens, at the club level. Kromer is another four-star recruit and ranked 42nd in the South Atlantic region by Top Drawer Soccer. Kalvin notched six goals and 12 assists from his midfield position for the Falcons, who claimed the 4A State title last fall. Kromer was honored as first-team All-Tri-Nine Conference.
“Kalvin will push to get minutes right away as a freshman. I have watched Kalvin blossom the past two years and believe we have a good one joining the Seahawk family! He continues to grow physically and his confidence has grown having moved from Fuquay-Varina to the Capital Area Railhawks and is now concentrating on playing one sport. He can play deep in the midfield or higher across the front, and is very comfortable on the ball. He can link play as well as get around the park and I feel he will give us another dimension in midfield.”
Jacob Turney hails from Dayton, Md., and played at River Hill High School under the direction of coach Matthew Shagogue. Turney, who captained the Hawks his junior and senior seasons, was a 2013 NSCAA High School All-America selection, attended the NSCAA All-America game and participated in the Disney Showcase for his club team SAC United Premier. In addition, he earned first-team All-State and NSCAA All-Region honors in both his junior and senior seasons. In four seasons of playing at the varsity level, Turney collected 26 goals and 14 assists, including six goals and three assists as a senior.
“Jacob can play wide in midfield or up front, and will bring a presence, high work rate and energy to our team. He did well with his club team, SAC United, and played with current Seahawk Colin Bonner. Jake was recognized for his abilities by being awarded High School All-American his past year. I expect Jake to come in fit and raring to go, and provide us another attacking threat. He has a positive attitude and will compete each day to keep getting better.”