The upcoming 2014-2015 men’s soccer season is already starting, and it looks like it should be a pretty radical season. According to an article published on GoSeattleU.com, head coach Peter Fewing recently announced that the Seattle University team has already signed on five players for this upcoming season and is still working to find other incoming student athletes. “We’re almost always recruiting; we’re already talking about the classes [entering in] 2015 and 2016,” Fewing said in a phone interview with The Spectator. Fewing explained that he first noticed his new recruits all the way back in 2012. The recruiting process, as is already evident, takes place almost nonstop. “For the upcoming season, we went to Dallas, Las Vegas, California, Oregon, et cetera,” Fewing stated. “And I’ve been getting emails from all over the world,
including Argentina and Brazil. Being a DI team in a great city like Seattle, at a Jesuit university, is very appealing to top-level student athletes.” While Fewing is still looking for players to bring in for the fall, he explained that his and the team’s goal is always to go further. “We want to get better and do better than we did last year, and we want to go further in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “The [current] players get so excited in the experience that they want to go further, and our goal is to get these [new] guys to come in and help us. That is our hope and our expectation.” Here is a look at the incoming players.
Forward | Seattle, Wash. Drame, a two-year varsity starter on the men’s team at Nathan Hale High School, currently serves as the team captain for the Crossfire Soccer Academy. Because he’s a local, Fewing states that he and the assistant coaches have been able to view his playing capabilities for quite some time, and they are excited for what he can bring to the Seattle U men’s team. “He is physically strong enough to play DI, and he’s only going to get better,” Fewing said.
Defender/Midfielder | Carmichael,Calif. Fewing first saw Ayala play in 2012 and he is impressed by how much Ayala has grown in the past two years. “He’s a very good athlete, very smooth and composed on the ball and good with both feet,” Fewing said. “He could probably play a couple of different positions [at Seattle U].” A two-year varsity letter winner at Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Ayala has helped his current team in three straight playoff appearances and a sectional championship. He was also named “Most Inspirational” for the 2013 season. Ayala also has six years of experience with the club Sacramento United, operating as the team’s captain for four of those years.
Defender | Surrey, B.C. Described by Fewing as a “leader on the field,” Prasad has a great deal of experience with the Enver Creek Secondary team, receiving the Coaches’ Choice Award in 2012 and 2013, named Student-Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and working as the team’s captain from 2009 to 2012. A 2013 graduate, Prasad has played with the Vancouver Whitecaps since 2012. “He is very disciplined and dedicated, and physically very strong on a very good team,” Fewing said. “He has the potential to come in and start in the fall; he’s a leader on the field and he wants to be a pro some day.”
AGUSTIN ANDRADE III
Midfielder | Ojai, Calif. Fewing described the 5’7” Andrade as a “small guy”—but, regardless of his height, Fewing stated that Andrade has terrific agility and plays big. Andrade is currently an attacking center midfielder at Nordhoff High School in Ojai, Calif., where he has worked as a four-year starter and as a team captain. Outside of his school, Andrade has competed on several club teams, and is most recently a member of the Santa Barbara Soccer Club, where he started in 2010. “He is good with both feet, has good vision, and a good work rate,” Fewing said. “He’s quick and always knows what his options are to get out of trouble.”
Midfielder/Defender | Santa Barbara, Calif. A teammate of Andrade, Landeros is described as a “wide player and tireless worker” by Fewing. Landeros is currently a four-year varsity starter from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., and was named an All-Channel League Selection in 2012 and 2013. He has also served as the team captain of the Santa Barbara Soccer Club since 2007. “He’s strong and could probably play right-midfield,” Fewing said.
Currently in her third year at The Spectator, Grace Stetson is a junior at Seattle University majoring in English and Film Studies and minoring in Spanish. She hopes to use her experience from the paper in the journalism world after college, preferably with a Master's from Medill School of Journalism. Aside from all this writing business, Grace enjoys traveling, chai tea and adorable puppies.