Men's Soccer Head Coach Jeff Alder has announced his recruiting class for the 2010-11 academic year.
Liberty men's soccer head coach Jeff Alder has announced the addition of seven student-athletes to the Flames' roster for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year. "We are excited about the group of men who will be joining the Liberty Soccer Family," stated Alder. "We not only improved our depth on the field, but feel each of these guys will make outstanding contributions on campus, in the classroom and in the locker room. "I think our current group of players will embrace this group and help them during the maturation process. In our system, it is imperative that players be able to interchange and play multiple positions. We feel we were able to identify certain players with these qualities in their DNA and look forward to seeing these guys grow as players and people during our time together." Brief look at each student-athlete is below: Sam Chappell Goalkeeper, 5-11, 160, San Dimas, Calif. (Ontario Christian) Chappell has been a member of the Irvine Strikers U.S. Development Academy team the past two years, and is a former member of Arsenal FC and the U.S. Development Academy team from 2004-2008. The goalkeeper played one season at Ontario Christian as a freshman due to academy participation, and was a finalist for All-America honors. He earned first team all-league and all-CIF mentions, while leading his team to NCSAA Surf Cup Championships in 2007 and 2008. A 2007 Nike Friendlies and 2006 Nike ManU Semifinalist, Chappell has travelled to Brazil and Kenya with Ambassadors in Sport and the Charlotte Eagles. He is currently trained by U.S. Men's National Team Goalkeeper Coach Zak Abdel. "Sam has played and trained at a very high level in California," stated Alder. "He has had the opportunity to train under the US National Team Goalkeeper Coach, Zak Abdel. He does a good job of organizing his team and distributing the ball." Robert Cross Forward, 6-6, 210, Hop Bottom, Pa. (Summit Christian/Homeschooled) A member and captain of the Supernova Super Y soccer club, Cross helped Supernova go undefeated and qualify for Super Y nationals the last two seasons. He led the team in scoring, and was named to the Super Y national ODP and Elite teams in 2009. Cross competed in the Pennsylvania Keystone State Games in 2009. He was named tournament MVP after leading the games in scoring. In addition, he was a candidate for the Pennsylvania Athlete of the Year Award. Cross attended Summit Christian as a freshman and sophomore, while completing a dual enrollment as a junior and senior at Penn State University. The forward was named All-American as a freshman and sophomore at Summit Christian. "Robert does a great job of using his size and getting himself in good spots," commented Alder. "His leadership and personality are some of his best characteristics." Samuel Duininck Defender/Midfielder, 5-11, 165, Tulsa, Okla. (Summit Christian Academy) Duininck was a four-year starter and co-captain for West Side Alliance '92 Soccer Club, which was a 2009 State Cup finalist and Oklahoma Premier League Champions, ranking No. 2 in Oklahoma. West Side Alliance was also a U.S. Club Soccer finalist in 2007. A member of the Oklahoma State ODP team in 2008, he was a National Honor Society member at Summit Christian Academy. Previously, Duininck attended Grace Christian and Victory Christian schools. In 2008, he helped his team to the State Final. He scored 22 goals and was named to the All-State team. Also a member and captain of Summit's basketball and football teams, he was named team MVP of the State Finalist basketball team and received Honorable Mention All-State team honors in football. He was the leading scorer in the state of Oklahoma in 2009 in football. "Sam is an outstanding student-athlete who has great experiences in multiple sports," stated Alder. "He was a three-sport star in high school and led the State of Oklahoma in points scored his senior year, as a running back and kicker. He has good feet and can play anywhere in the back or midfield." James Maddox Midfielder/Forward, 5-8, 145, Raleigh N.C. (Needham B. Broughton High School) Maddox is a current member of CASL 91 Premier. In 2009, the team won the North Carolina State Cup Championship and Kepner President's Cup Region III U-17 Championship, while being ranked as high as No. 4 nationally. A four-year letterman at Broughton High School, he was a member of the 2006 and 2007 NCHSAA State Champions. The 2007 team was ranked No. 1 in the final national poll. Broughton won 54 consecutive matches over a three-year period. Maddox serves as an assistant soccer coach for elementary boys and girls at the YMCA and has completed over 300 hours of community volunteer service work. "James is very dangerous player with and without the ball and will be able to stretch teams vertically," noted Alder. "He will continue to grow and develop in our system." Scott McKinney Goalkeeper, 6-0, 170, Austin, Texas (Dripping Springs High School) A five-year member and team captain of the Lonestars 92 Red South Soccer Club, McKinney led the club to the 2007 U.S. Club Soccer finals and a No. 3 national ranking. A three-year letter winner and team captain for Dripping Springs High School, the goalkeeper was named to the all-state squad in 2008. In addition, he was named to the all-region, all-district and All-Central Texas teams as a sophomore and junior. McKinney was a member of National Honor Society and was selected as a Boys State Delegate for his school. "Scott has great leadership qualities and has an outstanding track record at the high school and club level in high school. He is a good shot stopper," stated Alder. Josh Mullins Defhnder/Midfielder, 6-2, 175, Fredericksburg, Va. (Riverbend High School) Mullins is an Honors Graduate of the Commonwealth Governors School at Riverbend High School. A four-year academic letter winner at the school, he is a three- year member of the Richmond Kickers U.S. Development Academy team. He served as a co-captain for the team during the 2009-10 season. Formerly, he played four years with the Reston Football Club 91, which won Virginia State Cup and was a Region 1 championship finalist. He also is a five-time member of the Virginia State ODP Team. A four-year letterman at Riverbend High School, he helped the team advanced to state semifinals in 2007. He served as a team captain as junior and senior and earned All-Commonwealth District and All-Area honors. "Josh can play in the midfield and the back, displaying a very high soccer IQ," noted Alder. "He is very good with both feet, keeps the game simple and will fit great in our system." Juan Jose Niño Midfielder, 5-7, 135, Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch High School) Niño is a current member and captain of the U18 Texas Rush U.S. Development Academy team, which qualified for the playoffs in 2008. He also was one of the first five members to sign with Houston Dynamo Academy. In 2009, the midfielder was Invited to train with Reading FC in England. A three- year letterman at Cinco Ranch High School, he led the 2008 team to the regional championship and into the state finals. In 2006 and 2007, Niño was a member of Texas South State ODP team. He was named to the Regional pool in 2006. "Juan is the younger brother of Juan Nino and the cousin of former LU captain Juan Guzman," stated Alder. "He is very clean technically and has the ability to take on players in the attacking third."
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