LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI men’s soccer announced its 2009 recruiting class Wednesday. The group featured four signees, each of which possesses an outstanding background at high levels of high school and club soccer.
“These players are a dynamic group both in position and personality. We have recruited a group of players that understand the goals of our program and the philosophies of VMI,” said VMI head coach Ben Freakley. “Because of that understanding and their overall talent, our team will be stronger during their time at the Institute. These players come from the highest levels of youth soccer in our country, as we have had signed players from both the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region 1 Team, as well as the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Developmental Academy Teams.”
Capsule information on the four signees follows.
Forrest Moul – Midfielder – Landisville, Pa. – Hempfield High School
Intended Major: Biology
ODP EPYSA team member for four years...member of U-17 EPYSA team that won Region 1 tournament title...first-team Lancaster Lebanon League All-Star as a junior, second-team as a sophomore...participated in both the Manchester Festival and Gothia Cup in 2001 and 2002.
Why VMI?: “I wanted to challenge myself physically and mentally, while preparing myself to step into the real world with an extraordinary education and wide range of options. I consider it a tremendous honor to play soccer at VMI.”
Coach Freakley’s Thoughts: “Forrest will bring more pace to our flanks. He has an engine that never stops and is determined to succeed.” He has a special personality that contributes to his well roundedness as a person and player.”
David Rochow – Defender – Forest, Va. – Jefferson Forest High School
Intended Major: Engineering
ODP State team member 2006-09...team captain 2007 and 2008...ODP Regional team 2009...State Cup finalist in 2008-09 with Roanoke Stars’ U-18 Elite, and was team captain of that squad.
Why VMI?: “I chose VMI because I wanted the combination of high level soccer, a reputable engineering program and a school that will push me to be a leader, hard worker and a better person.”
Coach Freakley’s Thoughts: “David is a solid defender with a great touch. He is hard in a tackle, composed under pressure and is comfortable getting forward to start an attack. He has a good presence in the air and is a strong addition to our group of defenders. We rate him as one of the best young players to come out of Virginia this year.”
Matt Seinfeld – Midfielder – Columbia, Md. – Wilde Lake High School
Intended Major: Economics & Business
Six-time member of Maryland ODP team...two-time Region I ODP team...invited to Corinthians F.C. for month stay...traveled with ODP to several countries, including Holland, Italy and Brazil...State Cup finalist...ODP Ryder Cup tournament...member of SAC United Premier club team.
Other: National Honor Society...honor roll every quarter of high school...SGA participant...science fair award recipient.
Coach Freakley’s Thoughts: “Matt has fantastic feet. He can impact the game from anywhere on the field with his passing and free kick ability. He has a great work rate, and plays on both sides of the ball. His vision and awareness is above his age level, as he can see things happen at a quicker rate than most players.”
Kip Zechman - Midfielder – Lancaster, Pa. – Conestoga Valley High School
Intended Major: Chemistry
Lancaster Lebanon League First-Team All-Star from Section 2...led team in goals and assists...second on all-time scoring list...team captain...plays for PA Classics in U-18 USSF Developmental Academy League...recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Other: Ranks in top 10% of class.
Coach Freakley’s Thoughts: “Kip is a competitor. He has a strong athletic presence on the field and sees the game. He can score goals out of the midfield and also link up with forwards in the attack. He loves to win and you see it when he plays.”
“We are always searching to bring the highest level of player into our program,” stated Coach Freakley. “These six are the right fit and will make an impact on this program from the start. They possess special technical and athletic characteristics, a great attitude and an overall mindset that we are excited about. We are anxious to get them into preseason camp and integrate them into our program and the VMI family.”