Coach Taylor Comments On The 2003 Men's Soccer Signees

Feb. 6, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The following are Oregon State head coach Dana Taylor's comments on the recent signess in the class of 2003.

Nathan Quan - (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) 'A skillful center midfield player with a heart of a lion. Quan was the Captain for the U-17 Canadian National Team and aspires to one day be capped by the full National Team. With his tremendous technical abilities, Nathan will be looked upon to provide the team with pinpoint accurate passes and defensive tenacity in the midfield. Nathan has been successful in leading his team into some of the toughest playing environments (including soccer powers Mexico, Ireland, Germany and England) the world competing in the Youth World Championships. The OSU coaching staff will be looking to Nathan for future leadership and to bring the best out of his teammates. Nathan is very intense and is a future leader here at OSU, he will demand a lot from himself and his teammates.'

Josh Pulido - (Temecula, CA) 'A strongly built central defender with the ability to make any forward's life a misery. Josh has competed with the Nomads Soccer Club, one of the top club teams in the country, for six years. During this time, Josh is also a five-year member of the Cal South 84 ODP Team. Josh is a very physical player with a great training mentality, and we expect him to be one of the new faces who will add strength and depth to our back line. Josh will add grit and determination to a very experienced OSU defense.'

Carlos Cornejo - (Torrance, CA) 'Carlos, nicknamed 'Boku' by his friends and family, epitomizes the word 'playmaker'. With exquisite skill and technique as an attacking midfielder, Boku has constantly demonstrated an innate ability to keep posssession of the ball while eventually providing the final pass to set up teammates to score goals. As a player for the Fram Gunners elite club team, Boku has become a focal point of the attack that is widely feared in Southern California. Boku will bring the team some truly special attacking abilities, he will provide a great service to our forwards with his vision and tools to deliver.'

Robert Findley - (Phoenix, AZ) 'Robert will add some depth and speed to the Beaver frontline. Robert has a reputation as one of the most prolific goal scorers in the entire southwest region. As a member of the 'State Cup Champion' Sereno Eagles, Findley was named to the Adidas ESP Camp (which represents the Top 100 high school prospects across the country). At the Camp, Robert was selected to play in the All-Star Match. Robbie is gifted with a change of pace and a strong technical side which poses problems for most defenders, he is going to add a dimension to our attack. Findley, who was recently named 2003 Arizona Desert Valley West Player of the Year, will be joining an already potent OSU attack that scored a school record and Pac-10 best forty-seven goals in 2002.'

Jason Mariner - (Phoenix, AZ) 'Jason is a young goalkeeper with size, strength, and a burning desire to succeed. He will provide the Beaver defense and goal keeping situation depth and enthusiasm. As a member of the talented club team, the Tempe Warriors, Mariner was called upon to make many pivotal saves. With the success of the club and the magnitude of Jason's contribution, he has been pulled into the ODP Region IV team. Jason recently competed for the 84 Region IV Team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Jason has a tremendous physical gifts, but more importantly, he has a confidence about him and his defenders feed on that strong presence.'

Jake Bachman - (Sand Point, ID) 'Jake is an athlete with tremendous straight speed ahead and a goal scorer's mentality. As a junior college transfer from North Idaho College, Bachman will be looked upon to add some depth and punch to an already potent OSU attack. At NIC, Jake scored five goals and added twelve assists. With Jake it is simple. He is a superb athlete with all of the intangibles grit, determination, and strength of character. He just fits. Bachman will have three years of eligibility due to a back injury suffered in his first year at NIC.'

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