Point Park University Men's Soccer 2013 recruiting class welcomed to campus
Aug. 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Sophomore transfer Max Flick is one of 11 new recruits for Point Park men's soccer. Photo by Geneva College.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer program welcomed to campus this week its 2013 recruiting class for the beginning of preseason training. The Pioneers, an NAIA national tournament qualifier in 2012, added 11 new players this year, and they began practice on Tuesday at Highmark Stadium along with the returnees.
Point Park has four transfers and seven freshmen who are new to the team in 2013. Point Park returns 6 of 11 starters from last year's squad that went 11-7-0 overall and 4-0-0 KIAC as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champions.
Head coach Jeroen Walstra is in his seventh year with the Pioneers. The native of The Netherlands has once again brought in a recruiting class rich with talent and varying nationalities. The 11 incoming players represent five countries, and five of them are from Pennsylvania.
With the addition of this year's recruits, the 2013 Point Park roster will have a balanced mix of local and international players. The 30-man, 2013 roster has 30 players from 13 different countries and has 13 players from Pennsylvania.
Point Park's returning starters are senior defenders Brett Gwosden (Serra Catholic HS), Matt Dziak (East Allegheny HS) and Frazer McKinlay (Scotland), sophomore midfielder Jonty Loukes (England), junior forward Lucas Silva (Brazil) and senior forward Romida Nanko (Cameroon).
The Pioneers must find replacements for graduated senior starters Alex Sala (M. Austria), Matt Annecchiarico (F, Canada), Francis Tabi (F, Ghana), Jack Pilkinton (M, England) and Mitchell Kelman (GK, Frostburg, Md.).
Point Park still has almost three weeks until its season opener September 5 at Washington & Jefferson. The home opener at Highmark Stadium is September 7 versus Ohio Valley at 3 p.m.
The 2013 Point Park University Men's Soccer Recruiting Class is as follows:
Dominic Canello, Midfield, 5-8, Soph., Pittsburgh, Pa. / Keystone Oaks HS (Slippery Rock Univ.)
Canello is a transfer from NCAA Division II Slippery Rock University, where he played in six games with one assist. A four-year letter winner at Keystone Oaks HS, he is the all-time leader in assists at his alma mater. A two-year captain at KO, Canello was an all-conference player. He is a product of Century United.
Paul Carr, Defender, 6-0, Fr., Sheffield, England
Carr is a defender from Sheffield, England. He will be a freshman for the 2013 season.
Gabriel Colombo, Defender, 6-0, Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil / Sto. Estevam (Lassen CC)
Colombo played two seasons at Lassen (Calif.) College, where he started every game as a freshman and sophomore on the junior-college level. The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native totaled eight goals playing central midfield. He led Lassen to the championship of the Golden Valley Conference in 2011.
Troy Dolanch, Midfield, 5-10, Fr., Carroll Twp., Pa. / Ringgold HS
Dolanch was a four-time team MVP at his alma mater, Ringgold HS. He was named WPIAL all-section three years and was a WPIAL all-star as a senior captain in 2012. Named his team’s Defensive MVP, he led Ringgold to WPIAL section titles in 2011 and 2012. He is a product of Century United.
Max Flick, Forward, 6-0, Soph., Beaver Falls, Pa. / Blackhawk HS (Geneva College)
Flick is a transfer from Geneva College, where he played in all 18 games with three goals, one assist and seven points last year. He was the third-leading scorer for Geneva and came off the bench. Flick is the career assists leader at Blackhawk HS, where he was All-WPIAL, WPIAL all-section, Team MVP and team captain for a Blackhawk team that was 17-0-1 in 2011.
Joe Heller, Midfield, 5-10, Fr., Lewistown, Pa. / Central Columbia HS
Heller was a four-year letter winner at Central Columbia HS while playing outside midfield and outside defender. The 5-10 Heller was voted Rookie of the Year during his high school career.
Haider Al Khazaali, Midfield, 5-8, Fr., Diwaniyah, Iraq / Al Kandy
Al Khazaali is a midfielder from Iraq who has played right back during his soccer career. He is a freshman for the 2013 season.
Alejandro Pastor, Midfield, 5-5, Fr., Allentown, Pa. / Allentown Central Catholic
Pastor played in 35 career games at Allentown Central Catholic, where he was a midfielder. He totaled 22 assists for his career. Pastor was voted Team MVP in 2011 when his team was undefeated in the Lehigh Valley Kohls Cup.
Cristian Mika, Midfield, 5-8, Soph., Parana, Curita, Brazil / Dom Bosco (Lassen CC)
Mika is a midfielder from Brazil who spent last year playing at Lassen (Calif.) College on the junior-college level. He is a sophomore for the 2013 season.
Hervet Tassembedo, Goalkeeper, 6-3, Soph., Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso / Universalis
Tassembedo is a goalkeeper from Burkina Faso who earned two letters in soccer on the high school level at Universalis. The 6-3 keeper is a sophomore for the 2013 season.
Angelo Williams, Midfield, Fr.
Williams is a freshman midfielder for the 2013 season.