James Knoebel and Kyler Beal
The Liberty Flames men's soccer team has announced the additions of goalkeeper James Knoebel and defender/midfielder Kyler Beal for 2016-17 academic year.
Goalkeeper Knoebel transfers to Liberty after one season at Old Dominion. He redshirted during his first season with the Monarchs.
Knoebel was a member of the 2012 ODP Region 1 pool. The goalkeeper played on both Region 1 trips which included an interregional tournament in Bradenton, Fla., and an international trip to Italy.
The Warrenton, Va. native was the 2014-15 starting goalkeeper for the DC United U18 Academy team. Knoebel received call ups from DC United to train with its first team and has participated in reserve matches as an academy player.
Knoebel has been listed in the pool the top 150 players in the country by TopDrawer Soccer and currently is part of DC United U23.
The goalkeeper is the son of Robert and Dawn Knoebel. His sister, Jennifer, is currently a rising junior at Liberty and plays on the Lady Flames' women's soccer team.
Beal, a defender/midfielder, comes to Liberty from Alliance FC MRL, which competed in the US Youth Soccer National League.
Beal was chosen to take part in the USL Super Y Olympic Development Program camp and selected to the Select Team A and All-Star teams. He entered the camp with the second highest beep test score of the 160 players attending.
The Holland, Mich. native was named to All–State Honorable Mention, while attending Holland High School. He was also recognized as a MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award winner as a senior. While attending Holland, Kyler finished with a 4.0 GPA and was involved in Young Life, worship band and mission trips.
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