Point Park University's men's soccer 2011 recruiting class announced
June 6, 2011
Pictured: Wendelin Hobel is a midfielder from Lauterach, Austria. Submitted photo.
PITTSBURGH – Point Park University men’s soccer head coach Jeroen Walstra has announced the signing of a talented recruiting class that features nine new players for the upcoming 2011 season.
“This is one of the best classes ever for Point Park men’s soccer,” said Walstra, a native of The Netherlands who is in his fifth year as Point Park head coach. “We bring in experience with some transfers, and the freshmen are skillful as well.”
The recruiting class features three transfers, six freshmen and five international players. Point Park lost just one player from last year’s team, which went 8-9 overall. The Pioneers had been 1-15-1 in 2009, and this year’s recruiting class will help them make another step toward advancing the program.
“Some of the starting spots will be taken by these new guys, but not all,” said Walstra. “The starters from last year will feel competition and will have to work harder for their jobs. The bench will be stronger as well.”
Point Park’s 2011 men’s soccer recruiting class:
Zach Fischer (D, 5-10, 155, Fr.),from Erie, Pa., was a District 10 First Team All-Star as a senior at McDowell High School, where he led his team to the District 10 championship.
Wendelin Hobel (M, 5-10, 160, Fr.) is a talented midfielder from Lauterach, Austria. He is a product of Sportgymnasium Dornbirn Schoren, the same school that produced current Point Park all-conference midfielder Alex Sala.
Anil Kapur (D, 5-10, 150, So.), a native of London, England, spent his freshman season at NCAA DII Upper Iowa. There he played in 12 games with two goals and four shots for the Peacocks’ 9-6-2 squad.
Allan Krohn (pictured left) (M/F, 5-8, 140, So.), a native of New York, N.Y., played at Tompkins Cortland (NY) CC last year. He was an all-conference player with 10 goals and 22 points in 19 games for the #14 team in NJCAA DIII
Matthew Markus (D/M, 5-7, 170, Fr.), from Pittsburgh, Pa., was an All-City League player at Langley High School. He was a four-year starter and a senior captain.
Jack Pilkinton (M, 5-8, 150, Jr.), a native of Bourne End, England, spent 2008 and 2009 at Herkimer County (NY) CC, one of the top junior college soccer programs in the country. He is a product of The Wye Valley School.
Nick Rembowski (M, 5-7, 145, Fr.), from Mooresville, N.C., was an all-conference and all-region player at Lake Norman High School. A four-year letterman and a team captain, he helped his high school to the state title.
Lucas Silva (M/F, 5-9, 155, Fr.),from Sao Paulo, Brazil, played high school soccer from CEFI. In 2008 and 2009, he was the top scorer for the Futsal City Championship in Sao Paulo.
Jose Vaccarello (pictured right) (M, 5-8, 165, Fr.), a native of Boconoito, Venezuela, had attended Schenley High School in Pittsburgh before moving back to his home country to attend Colegio Gran Mariscal De Ayacucho. While at Schenley, he was an All-City League selection.
Name (Pos., Ht., Wt., Cl.) Hometown
Zach Fischer (D, 5-10, 155, Fr.) Erie. Pa. (McDowell HS)
Wendelin Hobel (M, 5-10, 160, Fr.) Lauterach, Austria (Sportgymnasium Dornbirn Schoren)
Anil Kapur (D, 5-10, 150, So.) London, England (Transfer from NCAA DII Upper Iowa)
Allan Krohn (M/F, 5-8, 140, So.) New York, N.Y. (Transfer from Tompkins Cortland (NY) CC)
Matthew Markus (D/M, 5-7, 170, Fr.) Pittsburgh, Pa. (Langley HS)
Jack Pilkinton (M, 5-8, 150, Jr.) Bourne End, England (Transfer from Herkimer Co. (NY) CC)
Nick Rembowski (M, 5-7, 145, Fr.) Mooresville, N.C. (Lake Norman HS)
Lucas Silva (M/F, 5-9, 155, Fr.) Sao Paulo, Brazil (CEFI)
Jose Vaccarello (M, 5-8, 165, Fr.) Boconoito, Venezuela (Colegio Gran Mariscal De Ayacucho)