Men's Soccer Signs Seven Recruits
Feb. 6, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Seven student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play men's soccer for Oregon State University, head coach Dana Taylor announced Thursday.
The 2003 recruiting class includes Jake Bachman (Sandpoint, Idaho), Carlos Cornejo (Torrance, Calif.), Robert Findley (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jason Mariner (Phoenix, Ariz.), Evan McNeley (Everett, Wash.), Josh Pulido (Temecula, Calif.), and Nathan Quan (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada).
The class consists of two forwards, midfielders, and defenders, and one goalkeeper.
Quan, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound central midfielder, was the captain of his U-17 Canadian National Team that played matches in Mexico, Ireland, Germany, and England when competing in the Youth World Championships. Quan hopes to be capped by the full Canadian National Team in the future, according to Taylor.
Quan attended Prince of Wales High School, the alma mater of former OSU Academic All-American Aaron McHardy.
'Nathan has been successful in leading his team into some of the toughest playing environments in the world,' Taylor said. 'Nathan is very intense, and is a future leader here at OSU. He will demand a lot from himself and his teammates.'
Bachman, at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, is the second forward from North Idaho College to sign with OSU in the past two years, reuniting with senior Brian Farber. At NIC, Bachman scored five goals and added 12 assists in 2002. He will be a sophomore with three years of eligibility at OSU.
'With Jake it is simple,' Taylor said. 'He is a superb athlete with all of the intangibles - grit, determination, and strength of character. He just fits.'
A 5-foot-8, 140-pound attacking midfielder out of West Torrance High School, Cornejo (pronounced 'Cor-nay-ho', but goes buy the nickname 'Boku', given by his friends and family) has been a fixture in the attacking element on the Fram Gunners club team in southern California.
'Boku will bring the team some truly special attacking abilities,' Taylor said of the attacking midfielder. 'He will provide a great service to our forwards with his vision and tools to deliver.'
Findley was a member of the State Cup champion Sereno Eagles in Arizona, and was named to the Adidas ESP Camp, which represents the top 100 high school players across the country. At the camp, Findley was selected to play in the all-star match.
One of two signees from Phoenix this year, Findley was named the 2003 Arizona Desert Valley West Player of the Year. He attended Shadow Mountain High School.
'Robbie is gifted with a change of pace and a strong technical side, which poses problems for most defenders,' Taylor said of the 5-foot-9, 150-pound forward. 'He is going to add a dimension to our attack.'
Mariner, the second element of the Phoenix tandem, was a goalkeeper for the Tempe Warriors club team and played for Pinnacle High School. After a successful career with the Warriors, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Mariner was selected to play for the ODP '84 Region IV team. As a member of that squad, Mariner recently saw action at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
'Jason has tremendous physical gifts, but more importantly, he has a confidence about him and his defenders feed on that strong presence,' Taylor said.
A junior transfer from Seattle University, McNeley (pronounced 'Mc-Neel-ee') has enrolled at OSU and will be in camp for spring practice with two years of eligibility. McNeley brings a physical presence to the OSU backfield as a 5-foot-9, 180-pound defender.
Last summer, McNeley was a member of the United States Olympic Festival soccer team, which is the equivalent of the U.S. National 'B' Team. Also on that team was current OSU defender Kurt Ness.
'Evan is a great organizer, and is extremely gifted on the ball,' Taylor said.
Pulido (pronounced 'Poo-lee-doh'), a central defender from Chaparral High School, competed for the Nomads Soccer Club, which has a reputation as one of the top club teams in the country.Pulido, at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, is also a five-year member of the Cal South '84 Olympic Development 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,' Taylor said.
'This class fills some very specific needs. It brings an incredible amount of depth, whicheach year, we've been building on.
'It improves our team speed, and we had a very quick team last year. Now, we'll be even faster. Also, each and every one of these guys will have the ability to step in and battle for a position.
'With eight returning starters, a group of talented players that is developing right now, and on top of that, a recruiting class that will rival the top classes in the country, next year will be an exciting year to watch,' Taylor said.
2003 Oregon State men's soccer letter signees, as of 2/6/03
Jake Bachman, forward, Sandpoint, Idaho (North Idaho College/Sandpoint HS)
Carlos Cornejo, midfield, Torrance, Calif. (West Torrance HS)
Robert Findley, forward, Phoenix, Ariz. (Shadow Mountain HS)
Jason Mariner, goalkeeper, Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS)
Evan McNeley, defense, Everett, Wash. (Seattle Univ./Cascade HS)
Josh Pulido, defense, Temecula, Calif. (Chaparral HS)
Nathan Quan, midfield, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada (Prince of Wales HS)