NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fifteen new student-athletes are scheduled to join the Lipscomb men’s soccer team next fall, head coach Charles Morrow announced Thursday. The Bisons will welcome athletes from across the nation and the globe in search of the program’s first-ever Atlantic Sun title.
“It’s a big class in number,” Morrow said. “I think we did a good job identifying guys to come in and fill the shoes of guys we lost last year. We’re really excited about these guys. It’s one of the strongest classes we’ve had.”
A quick look at the signed Bisons:
- Luke Gearin – Australian national who has competed for the U19 national team. He joins the Bisons after sitting out a year at Oregon State.
- John Schnurbusch – Comes to Lipscomb from Jefferson College. The 6-foot-4 keeper will challenge AJ Schlitt for the starting job after the graduation of Brent McGee.
- Reece Holcombe – A two-time state champion for John Carroll Catholic (Ala.) High School. The prolific scorer will add depth for an offense that lost all-time leading scorer Garret Pettis to graduation this year. Played club for Birmingham United.
- Daniel Erlandson – Was part of the Ohio state club runner-up in 2011 with Blast FC. He was an all-district performer for Dayton Christian in 2010 and 2011.
- Alex Lupinek – Erlandson’s teammate at Dayton Christian and with Blast FC. He was a four-time all-district performer and four-year letter winner for the Warriors.
- Zach Tarbox – A 2011 All-State performer, as well as an ESPN Rise All-State honoree. His 93 career goals and 39 single-season goals are both school records for Gettysburg (Pa.) Area High School. Played club soccer for HMMS Eagle FC.
- Daniel Martinez – A native of Mexico who prepped at nearby Overton High School. He was an All-State selection and Olympic Development player during his high school days. Played club soccer for FC Alliance.
- Troy Barr – Pennsylvania native whose brother Keenan played for LIU-Brooklyn. He assisted on the game-winning goal for Hempfield High School’s state championship victory in 2010. Played club for the PA Classics.
- Anthony Cedano – A talented middle-of-the-park player who was coveted by several Atlantic Sun schools, Lipscomb poached the Jacksonville native from the backyard of North Florida and Jacksonville. Played club for Jacksonville United.
- Timmy Zeringue – Louisiana native played for 2010 and 2011 state runner-up Vandebilt Catholic High School in Thibodaux. Part of the Chicago Fire Juniors club program.
- Josue Chavez – An all-region selection in 2012 for Skyline (Colo.) High School whose father Luis was a star college soccer player in Mexico. Part of the Colorado Rapids Youth Academy.
- Gabe Stewart – A three-year varsity letterman who scored the game-winning goal for St. Xavier (Ohio) High School against defending national champion St. Ignatius. He played club ball for Indiana United.
- Miguel Hof – A keeper from South Africa who represented his school in the Cossasa Games in 2010, where he was named to the All-Tournament team. He joins Schnurbusch and Schlitt in competition for the starting keeper job.
- Lucas Cavenco – A native of Brazil who spent last season at prestigious South Kent Prep in Connecticut, playing heavy minutes for a squad rated best in the country by ESPN Rise.
- Shpend Rexhepi – Three-time All-State selection at Overton, the Kosovo native led the Bobcats to the state tournament for the first time since 1988.
Morrow is eager to see what they can contribute to the program in the fall.
“We’re looking forward to the fresh blood and energy these guys will inject into the program,” Morrow said. “There are very few positions locked down now. That will breed excitement and competition throughout the year.
“Not only are we excited about the players coming in, we’re excited about the character of these guys. They’re good kids, top to bottom. They’ll fit nicely with the guys we have coming back next year.”
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