Men's Soccer Signs Six Recruits For 2002

Feb. 11, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The following are Head Coach Dana Taylor's comments on the Oregon State men's soccer recruiting class of 2002:

Ryan Johnson, Boston, MA, a 6 ft. 170 lbs. left-footed striker will bring some impressive skill and technique to the attack corps here at OSU. As one of the most sought after strikers in the East, Johnson rewrote Melrose High School's record books with 40 goals in his senior year. He led Melrose H.S. to the Massachusetts State semi-final round and was named Boston Globe High School Player of the year and All-New England First Team. As well as being named to the Adidas ESP Camp All-Star Team, Ryan was also named as a member of the Region I Olympic Development Program Team that will compete in Spain in March. 'Ryan is a special player and person, we were impressed with his play but also with his immediate camaraderie that he felt with our guys and the coaching staff during his visit,' commented Coach Taylor. 'He will be a player to watch in his first year and we feel with consistent development, Ryan will be one of the best player's in the PAC-10 and the country before he is done here.' Ryan chose OSU over the University of Connecticuit, St. John's, University of South Carolina, and Rutgers.

Daniel Smith, Scottsdale, AZ, an intimidating central defender will be looked upon to strengthen the Beaver defensive quartet. Smith comes to OSU with a high level pedigree. Daniel, an Adidas ESP Camp All-Star was also a member of the club team Tempe Pros who are Arizona State Cup Champions (5 yrs. Running) and Region IV Runners-up (2 yrs.). At 6 ft. 2 in. 180 lbs., Daniel commands respect with his aerial ability and incredible athleticism. As a defender, Daniel has garnered the respect of many forwards who have been the victim of his combination of speed, strength, and tackling ability. On the offensive side, Daniel will add a good target player to the Beaver set pieces with his size and strength in the air. 'Daniel has a presence that is rarely seen in young defenders, he has the ability to pocket any forward mentally and physically on any given day and will make an impact in our team immediately,' Coach Taylor concluded. Smith chose OSU over Maryland, New Mexico, George Mason and St. Mary's of California.

Brian Farber, Sandpoint, ID, a transfer from North Idaho College will bring some raw speed and tenacity to Corvallis. Farber, who shattered NIC's all time points record (66), will be looked upon to add electricity to the right side of the OSU attack. 'The thing we like about Brian is his incredible energy and pace, he will drive opposing back lines crazy with his constant movement and tenacity as well as his defensive pressure and pure speed,' Coach Taylor added. Farber was a member of the Region IV '82' Team and is famous in Idaho for scoring an amazing 62 goals in one spring season with his club the Sandpoint Strikers, a state single season record. In 2000, Farber was also named Idaho High School State Player of the Year. Farber chose OSU over Gonzaga, St. Mary's, and Sacramento St..

Joe Zaher, Las Vegas, NV, a highly sought after center midfielder will dazzle opponents with his clean technique and attacking capabilities. Zaher, a current member of the Region IV '84' Team, brings consistency and a tactical savvy to the athletic OSU attack. With his precision passing and defensive presence Joe was selected to attend the Adidas ESP Top 100 Camp. 'Joe is the type of player that brings everybody into the game, as a center midfielder he will help us in possession, increase our mobility, and strengthen our defensive range,' Coach Taylor commented. Zaher chose OSU over the University of South Carolina, Cal St.-Fullerton, UNLV and Loyola Marymount.

Dustin Cash, Coeur D' Alene, ID, is a transfer from North Idaho Junior College and will be expected to contribute as a goalkeeper for the Beavers. Cash at 6 ft. 5 in. and 220 lbs. has the ability and size to dominate the penalty area with his ability on crosses. Cash also posses a tremendous punt that routinely lands near the opponents' penalty area. Coach Taylor is excited about the future with Cash, 'He I the quickest big man I've seen, his presence is intimidating for any opponent, and he will compliment Peter Billmeyer real well.' The Beaver goalkeeping situation will be second to none with the addition of Dustin who chose OSU over Gonzaga.

Gabriel Huss, Phoenix, AZ, brings an exciting component to the Beaver attack. Gabriel possesses the rare combination of explosive pace and trickery with the ball. As a player for the Santos Futbol Club of Phoenix, Gabriel has quickly developed into one of the most lethal finishers in the Southwest. Gabriel is also the all-time scoring leader for his high school (Grace Christian School) and was named first team All-State all four years. Coach Taylor is confident that Gabriel will be a very exciting player to watch in his first year in the Beaver attack. 'Gabriel is the icing on the cake for next fall's recruiting class, he is electric with his ability to run at full pace with the ball and then turn on a dime, every defender in this conference will be put to the test.' Taylor added, 'Our fans will be on the edge of their seats when they watch Gabriel play, he had a crowd of 40,000 giving him an a standing ovation when his club played a preliminary match before a pro team in Brazil, he is that exciting.' Huss chose OSU over the University of Rhode Island and Radford University.

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