Hoosier Men's Soccer Inks Eight In 2011 Recruiting Class
Goalkeeper Michael Soderlund signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Indiana this fall.
Feb. 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University head men's soccer coach announced today that Jack Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Lance Davis (Washington, Ind.), Patrick Doody (Naperville, Ill.), Kyle Sparks (Avon, Ind.), Michael Soderlund (Boise, Idaho), Sean Weidman (Indianapolis, Ind.), Aris Zafeiratos (Athens, Greece) and Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.) will continue their soccer careers at Indiana beginning in the fall of 2011.
Coleman is a 5-10 midfielder out of Norman, Okla. The Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in 2009, Coleman did not play high school soccer as a junior or senior, instead focusing on his role with the FC Dallas Development Academy. During his high school career he was a first-team All-City pick as a freshman and sophomore. Coleman has captained the U-18 FC Dallas squad in 2010 and 2011 and was a member of the Region III ODP team from 2006-08. He was a member of the U-14 and U-15 U.S. Soccer Boys National Teams and a member of the U-17 and U-18 U.S. Soccer National Team pools. Coleman's older brother, Russ, was a member of Wake Forest's 2007 National Championship team.
Davis is a 5-11 left back/midfielder out of Washington High School in Washington, Ind. Named the 2010 Outstanding Offensive Player for Washington, Davis capped his high school career with 31 goals and 15 assists his senior season. For his three-year varsity career he finished with 58 goals and 34 assists, winning the team's Golden Boot award in 2009 and 2010. As a junior and senior he helped lead the Hatchets to regional titles and a semi-state finalist berth. As a senior he was named to the NSCAA All-America team and was a first-team all-state honoree. A three-time all-district selection, David was a third-team all-state pick as a sophomore and a second-team selection as a junior. Davis plays on the Indiana United club team and has played alongside fellow Hoosiers Nikita Kotlov, Harrison Petts, AJ Corrado and Weidman.
A 6-foot midfielder, Doody finish his high school career at Naperville's (Ill.) Neuqua Valley High School with 25 goals and 35 assists. An all-area selection as a junior, Doody earned IHSA All-State honors his senior season, leading the team to a seventh-place finish in the state. Last month he was named an ESPN Rise State All-Star. Doody played in 23 matches with the Chicago Fire Academy U-18s, starting 18 and tallying six goals in 2009-10. So far this season he has started all seven matches for the team with one goal scored.
A midfielder/forward who will play an attacking role, Sparks was a first-team all-state honoree out of Avon (Ind.) High School. As a junior he was named the All-West Player of the year and was a member of the Indianapolis Star Super Team after tallying 14 goals and 12 assists. Sparks repeated as the All-West Player of the Year in 2010 after putting up 11 goals and 11 assists and leading Avon to its secons straight regional championship. Sparks ranks fourth all-time at Avon in goals scored, second in assists and fourth in points.
A goalkeeper, Soderlund stands at 6-2 from Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho. Originally a class of 2012 prospect, Soderlund is graduating from high school a year early to join the IU program. In 2010 Soderlund had a 0.77 goals-against average and was a three-year starter at Timberline. Soderlund was named to the All-5A SIC as a freshman, sophomore and junior, while also earning academic honors all three seasons. He was named an ESPN Rise state All-Star in 2010 and has been a member of the Idaho state ODP team since 2005. Playing with the Idaho Rush, Soderlund was a President's Cup National Finalist in 2010 and President's Cup Region IV champion that same year. Soderlund hails from an athletic family as his father Matthew was a two-time Academic All-American linebacker at Stanford, and his sister Amanda is a freshman on the Georgetown University women's soccer team.
Continuing Indiana's tradition of attracting top in-state talent, Weidman is a 6-0 goalkeeper from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He is no stranger to several current Hoosiers, having played in high school alongside Kotlov and club ball at Indiana United with Kotlov, Petts and Corrado. At North Central Weidman started 54 varsity matches with 31 shutouts. He was an all-conference, all-county honorable mention and all-academic selection, posting a 0.53 GAA as a senior. In 2010 he led North Central to an undefeated regular season and conference championship, holding the No. 1 ranking in the state in September 2010.
Zafeiratos is a 5-5 midfielder who spent the last two seasons at Bryant & Stratton Junior College. Zafeiratos led the Bobcats in scoring in 2010 with 12 goals and 10 assists. An NJCAA honorable mention All-American, he was also named to the NSCAA All-America second team and was an NJCAA first-team all-conference and all-region selection. In 2009 Zafeiratos tallied 18 assists en route to first-team NJCAA all-conference and all-region honors. A native of Athens, Greece, Zafeiratos has experience with the U-17 Greece National Team and tallied 53 goals in a four-year career at Filothei High School. From 1994-2006 he was a member of Panathinaikos youth teams.
Zavaleta is another home-grown product as the 6-1 defender hails from Westfield, Ind. Zavaleta played his freshman and senior seasons at Westfield High School, scoring 25 goals and nine assists as a freshman and 20 goals and 10 assists as a senior. As a freshman he was an honorable mention All-State, first-team All-District and All-Conference selection. This past year he was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American and ESPN Rise first-team All-American while receiving first-team All-District, All-Conference and All-State honors. Zavaleta was also the Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year. He spent his sophomore and junior years as a member of the U.S. Soccer U-17 National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. As both a sophomore and junior he was named a Parade All-American, as well as an NSCAA All-American his junior year. He helped the U.S. advance to the round of 16 at the 2009 U-17 World Cup and won the Copa Macae in Brazil with the U-17s. Zavaleta is currently a member of the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team pool.
2011 INDIANA MEN'S SOCCER SIGNEES
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BY STATE/COUNTRY Idaho (1) Michael Soderlund (Boise)
Illinois (1) Patrick Doody (Naperville)
Indiana (4) Lance Davis (Washington) Kyle Sparks (Avon) Sean Weidman (Indianapolis) Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield)