Point Park men's soccer completes 2012 recruiting class with five more additions
Posted on Aug. 7, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. ET
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park Univesity men's soccer team and head coach Jeroen Walstra have added five more recruits who will join the Pioneers for the upcoming 2012 season.
Point Park will welcome to the roster Filippo Martinuzzi (D, Italy), Frazer McKinlay (D, Scotland), Hakim Chebil (M, Sweden), Marius Saeger (M, France) and Craig Fisher (M, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
With the addition of these five recruits this summer, it brings to 18 the number of new players on the 2012 squad. There were 13 players signed earlier in the year. The 18 new recruits this year come from 13 different countries.
Point Park was 12-5-1 and reached the finals of the American Mideast Conference Tournament last year. The Pioneers have 7 of 11 starters returning. Of the four starters who were lost, two were on defense and two were in the midfield.
Point Park's 2012 recruiting class addresses the needs on defense and midfield, with the later additions shoring up the defense especially.
The following is a breakdown of the five latest recruits
Filippo Martinuzzi, D, 6-2, Jr., Milan, Italy/Inter Milan Academy
Native of Milan, Italy, is a product the Inter Milan youth academy and is an experienced defender. After the Inter Milan Academy, he was with AS Fanfulla, SS Sommese and Cusano Calcio. Most recently, Martinuzzi played for the Vermont Voltage of the USL Premier Development League this past year.
Frazer McKinlay, D, 5-8, Jr., Perth, Scotland/Perth HS/Concord (W.Va.) University
Native of Perth, Scotland, was a two-year starter on defense and a team captain at NCAA DII Concord University the last two years. He started 31 of 33 games with a total of two goals, four assists and eight points in his two years there. McKinlay was all-conference second team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.
Marius Saeger, M, 5-5, Fr., Paris, France/Princeton (NJ) HS
Native of Paris, France, attended Princeton (NJ) High School the last two years and was a two-year starter there. The 2010 third-team all-state player in New Jersey was also a two-year starter for the Houilles Athletic Club in his native France.
Hakim Chebil, M, 5-9, So., Gothenberg, Sweden/International IT College/Thomas (Ga.) University
Native of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a transfer from NAIA Thomas (Ga.) University, where he was a reserve as a freshman in 2011. He played on a regional team in the Junior Class 1 Elite in Sweden and led the league in assists for left wings.
Craig Fisher, M, 6-0, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour HS
Native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was a three-year player at Montour High School. He scored seven goals his senior year to help the Spartans to the playoffs. He has been a student at Point Park for two years and is a junior.