Point Park University men's soccer adds 13 recruits for upcoming 2012 season
Posted on July 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ET
Romida Nanko (F, 5-9, Jr.) is one of 13 Point Park men's soccer recruits for 2012. Submitted Photo.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's soccer head coach Jeroen Walstra has announced the signing of 13 recruits for the 2012 roster. The 13 new players represent nine different countries.
Point Park has seven of 11 starters returning from last year's team that was 12-5-1 and reached the finals of the American Mideast Conference Tournament. Even with the returning talent, sixth-year coach Walstra believes that the incoming recruits will challenge for starting roles.
"I believe that several of the new players will make an immediate impact," said Walstra. "We've added a lot of talent and athleticism. They may end up being starting players, but they add to our depth if not. All of that will lead to a lot of competition in the preseason."
The 13 incoming recruits include three attacking players, eight who are midfielders or defenders and two goalkeepers. Walstra added that positions may be adjusted in the preseason. Of Point Park's four starters that it lost from last year, two were midfielders and two were defenders.
With the new additions for 2012, Point Park's roster will be represented by a total of 12 different countries, which is up from the eight countries represented last year. The 2012 roster will have players from the United States, Austria, Canada, Cameroon, England, Ghana, The Gambia, Palestine, Sudan, Trinidad, Venzuela and Zimbabwe.
The following is a breakdown of the 2012 Point Park Men's Soccer Recruiting Class:
Ronald Alexander, F, 5-6, Fr., Arouca, Trinidad/Fatima College
Native of Trinidad played for the Trinidad U16 national team in the Caribbean Football Union (CBU) Cup Tournament and was a two-year starter at his high school, Fatima College.
Ousman Jaiteh, F, 5-9, Fr., The Gambia, West Africa/Gambia Senior Secondary School
Native of The Gambia led his high school, The Gambia Senior Secondary School, in scoring three times and was a two-time Team MVP.
Romida Nanko, F, 5-9, Jr., Easton, Pa./Easton Area/Burlington County (N.J.) JC
Native of Cameroon played high school soccer in Easton, Pa., where he was the top scorer in the Lehigh Valley League and Team MVP at Easton High School in 2008. Played at Burlington (N.J.) County JC in 2009.
MIDFIELDERS / DEFENDERS
Courtney Matoushaya, M, 5-10, Fr., Harare, Zimbabwe/St. George’s College
Native of Zimbabwe played high school soccer for St. George’s College in Zimbabwe where earned team honors for two years.
Tyler Sakolsky, M, 5-7, Fr., Beachwood, N.J./Toms River South High School
Native of Beachwood, N.J., earned four letters in soccer at Toms River South where he was a first-team All-County and All-Division selection and a member of the 2009 state championship team.
Ojok Grichang, D, 6-2, Fr., Juba, Sudan/Baldwin High School
Native of Sudan played soccer at Baldwin High School where he was a starter on center defense. He came to Baldwin, located just south of Pittsburgh, when he was 13 years old.
Zach Rafalowski, M/D, 5-11, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks High School
Native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was a four-year letter winner at Keystone Oaks High School where he was a WPIAL all-star, team captain and Team MVP. Played club ball for Century United team ranked No. 11 in the nation.
Corey Joyce, M/D, 5-5, Fr., Munhall, Pa./Steel Valley High School
Native of Munhall, Pa., earned four letters in soccer at Steel Valley High School where he was an All-WPIAL player as a senior and a WPIAL all-section player as a junior and senior.
Matthew Buckley, M/D, 6-0, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks High School
Native of Pittsburgh, Pa., was a four-sport athlete at Keystone Oaks High School where he earned four letters in soccer. An WPIAL all-section player in soccer, he also earned four letters in basketball, three in football and three in track.
Jonathan Loukes, M, 5-8, Fr., Sheffield, England/Meadowhead School
Native of Sheffield, England, played in the Barnsley Academy system for nine years before coming to the United States three years ago.
Khaled Zena, M/D, 5-9, Fr., Gaza Strip, Palestine/Al-Wadi International School
Native of Palestine played high school soccer for the Al-Wadi International School in Saudi Arabia, where he was a team captain and scored 13 goals his senior year.
Zak Borzovoy, GK, 6-2, Fr., Toronto, Ontario/Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Native of Toronto, Ontario, played high school soccer at Oakwood Collegiate Institute. He played for Bryst FA U21 in the Ontario Soccer League where he led the South Region in shutouts and led the team to second place at 12-4-2.
Derrik Whiten, GK, 6-0, Fr., Vandergrift, Pa./Kiski Area High School
Native of Vandergrift, Pa., earned four letters in soccer at Kiski Area High School where he was the Team MVP as a senior in 2010. He recorded eight shutouts to lead the team to a 14-4 record and WPIAL playoffs that year.