Men’s soccer adds 4 recruits to replace graduates

By Frank Gogola

Men’s soccer has added four players who will help replace the hole left by the team’s four seniors.

The Huskies (4-13-1, 0-5-1 MAC) lost goalkeeper Miles Herbert, midfielder Gael Rivera, forward James Stevenson and defender/midfielder Sean Totsch following the 2013 season.

The Huskies recruited defender Taylor Cole out of high school. Cole signed with St. John’s University, but he is transferring to NIU.

“He cares about winning, works hard, is good defensively and is just a kind of hardworking, blue-collar defender,” Luzzi said. “There’s always going to be a place for a player like that on this team.”

Forward Chris Paton will make a transition after playing in Scotland.

“He has potential to be a real difference maker,” Luzzi said. “He has a soccer brain, he works hard and he’s a good finisher. We always have room for guys like that.”

Luzzi said goalkeeper Drew Donnally caught his eye when he went nine club games without giving up a goal.

“He’s the right kind of person we want in our program,” Luzzi said. “He’s got a good frame. [He] is pretty athletic. He’s just a hardworking kid who will have a bright future for us.”

Midfielder Giovanni Garcia rounds out the class Luzzi has signed.

“He’s pretty consistent,” Luzzi said. “… He has good vision, and he’s pretty technical and clean on the ball. He should fit into a different role either in midfield or up top.”