Beavers Add Another Top Recruiting Class to 2005 Soccer Squad
Feb. 7, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State men's soccer coach Dana Taylor announced Monday that nine recruits are set to join the Beavers in the fall of 2005. The latest group of recruits builds upon three previous national top-20 recruiting classes, including last year's 12th ranked class.
Ryan Callahan (midfield), Josh Cameron (forward/midfield), Garrett Fuller (defense), Tracy Hasson (midfield), Joel Loreth (defense), Mike Miller (goalkeeper), Ryan Quinlivan (defense/midfield), Sean Tripi (defense), and Ryan Vilhauer (defense) will join the Beavers' soccer squad in the fall of 2005.
'The student-athletes in this recruiting class are a clear indication of where OSU soccer is and represents a commitment to where we are going,' said Taylor. 'Once again, we have a top class with great athleticism and technical ability on the ball. Despite their youth, these athletes bring extremely valuable experience to the team. They have the ability to mesh with the talent that is already here that will lead to a very dynamic future for Oregon State soccer.'
Callahan (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) is a three-year member of the Ballistic United Soccer Club, one of the top club teams in the country coached by Lothar Osiander, former national team coach. During his time with Ballistic, the team has won the prestigious Nomads tournament and the Surf Cup. Callahan and Ballistic United have also been state champs in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Callahan has represented the Northern California state Olympic Development Program Team on many occasions and at the high school level, has captained Acalanes High for two seasons receiving all-league honors all three varsity seasons.
'Ryan is a technical central midfielder,' said Taylor. 'Ryan is able to possess the ball and has great passing ability. His vision of the field along with his willingness to outwork the opposition sets him apart.'
Cameron (Gresham, Ore./Centennial HS) is a three-year member of the Oregon ODP team and plays for the Westside Metros. He is a four-year starter at forward and midfield for Centennial High and was a teammate of fellow Beaver recruit, Mike Miller. As team captain at Centennial Cameron led the squad in scoring for the three straight seasons. He set school records for career goals (70), career points (181), single season assists (20) and goals in a single game (8) and earned all-state honors on two occasions.
Cameron has been a multi-sport athlete all four years of high school. He captains the Centennial basketball team for which he is an all-league point guard and is an all-league infielder for the baseball squad.
'Josh is a tremendous athlete who demonstrates incredible quickness and speed,' said Taylor. 'He is able to break players down on the dibble and separate himself from defenders. He has a true knack for finding the goal.'
Fuller (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS), along with club teammates and fellow Beaver signees Tracy Hasson and Ryan Vilhauer, helped the OUSA Black team win four state championships in five years. At the high school level, he helped Sheldon High to a state championship in 2004. As team captain his senior season, Fuller earned first-team, all-league. Fuller is also a member of the Oregon ODP Team.
'Garrett is a blue collar, left sided defender with a tremendous work rate and attitude,' said Taylor. 'He's a great tackler and enforcer that has the ability to get forward and join in on the attack.'
Hasson (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego HS) is a three-year member and the starting central midfielder for the Region IV Olympic Development Program team and has been a mainstay with the team in tournament play. Hasson was an adidas ESP participant in 2004 and was a member of the national team pool in 2001. His résumé also includes international experience with the Region IV team.
At Lake Oswego High, Hasson earned all-state honors twice and led the Lakers in goals and assists for the third straight season. Last season, Hasson pushed his team to the state semi-final game beating two No. 1 seeds along the way.
'Tracy is an extremely quick, technical central midfielder who links players together,' said Taylor. 'He is crafty, explosive and a good passer of the ball who brings a wealth of experience to our team.'
Loreth (Victoria, B.C. Canada/Oak Bay HS) captained the U17 Canadian National Team to a 2-0 victory over the USA National Team in Blaine, Minn. in 2004. Loreth, a powerful central defender, is one of Canada's brightest prospects for the U20 National Team that will host the U20 World Cup in 2006.
He has garnered valuable international experience while representing his country in both Europe and Asia. While playing for the U17 B.C team, Loreth helped his squad earn a silver medal at the Canadian National Championships.
'Joel is a great communicator and organizer of players around him,' said Taylor. 'He is a very technical defender who is able to mark as well as put defenders on their heels by delivering great penetrating balls to the forwards.'
Miller (Portland, Ore./Centennial HS), a high school teammate of Josh Cameron, registered 20 shutouts as the starting keeper for Centennial over the past three years, including 10 shutouts and a 0.36 goals against average and earned first-team, all-league as a senior. He plays for the Lake Oswego club.
Miller is a well-rounded student-athlete, ranked number one in his class at Centennial High. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the ASB Vice President, and is a member of the Speech Team.
'Mike possesses an athletic frame and an attitude second to none,' said Taylor. 'He is an extremely intelligent player and has a willingness to get better everyday, which will carry him to the next level.'
Quinlivan (Bonita, Calif./Bonita Vista HS) is a three-year starter for the Region IV ODP team and plays club soccer for the HotSpurs, one of the top club teams in the country. Quinlivan was selected as an adidas ESP Camp participant and an adidas All-American in 2004. Most notably, he was listed among the Top-50 most recruited soccer players in 2004.
Quinlivan has gained international experience while representing the California ODP Team and with the Region IV squad.
'Ryan is a dynamic, tough tackling, explosive, technical player,' said Taylor. 'His versatility allows him to play in the back as well as the central midfield. He is wise beyond his years and brings a never-say-die attitude to the team.'
Tripi (Hillsboro, Ore./Century HS) is a six-year member of the Oregon Olympic Development Program and helped his club team, F.C. Portland, capture the Super Y-League regional championships as a sophomore and again as a senior. Tripi helped F.C. Portland to a state championship as a freshman.
'Sean is the epitome of a central defender, a strong athletic, ball-winner,' said Taylor. 'He is hard-nosed, hard working and puts his stamp on the game.'
Vilhauer (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS), an OUSA club teammate of fellow Beaver signees Tracy Hasson and Garrett Fuller, has helped the team win four of the last five State Cup Championships. At Sheldon High, he won a state championship in 2004 and is also a four-year member of the Oregon ODP team. Vilhauer is an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.
'Ryan is a very versatile player who could play in the back or midfield,' said Taylor. 'He has a tremendous attitude and work ethic. He is a leader and has the desire to raise his game to the next level.'
This group of recruits joins a team of Beavers that expects to build on the momentum built by beating No. 2 UCLA and No. 7 Washington in the final games of the 2004 season.