SDSU Men's Soccer Announces 2010 Recruiting Class
April 14, 2010
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men's soccer head coach Lev Kirshner has announced a 12-member recruiting class, including 10 high school prospects and two college transfers. What will be the largest recruiting class in Kirshner's 10-year tenure; these 12 will be called on to replace seven Aztec seniors, including three Major League Soccer draft picks. Kirshner's 2009 Aztecs had wins over NCAA round of 16 foes Stanford and UC Santa Barbara, while drawing with final eight rival UCLA twice and top-16 seed Michigan State to finish ranked 20th of 204 teams in the final edition of the Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
The accolades of the 12-player group include, but are not limited to, an under-18 U.S. National Team starter, two U-17 and U-20 Canadian National Team members, a high school All-American, an adidas ESP participant and well as multiple starters on regional ODP teams and two top-100 nationally ranked players.
Kirshner's Aztecs have attained top-25 recruit rankings in three of the last four years. College Soccer News ranked the Aztecs' 2005 group at No. 39, while the subsequent classes were ranked No. 17 in 2006, No. 19 in 2007, and last year's class was ranked No. 22 by the website. Much of these successes have transpired due to the concentrated recruiting efforts of Kirshner and his staff.
"This cycle was paramount to the growth of our program," Kirshner said. "We had numerous voids to fill with our 2009 senior-laden team. There is no question a number of these players will be called upon to make immediate impacts with our 2010 squad."
Miles Byass (6-0, 155) brings instant credibility to this year's class after playing for the U.S. U-18 National Team for each of the past two years. A Parade All-American in 2009, Byass is ranked as the 16th-best recruit in the nation, according to Top Drawer Soccer.com. Byass scored 17 goals in 25 games for the U-18 Arsenal during the 2008-09 U.S. Academy season and participated in the USSF Academy 2008-09 West Conference U-17/U-18 Starting XI. A Highland, Calif., native, Byass scored 30 times for Redlands High School in the 2009-10 campaign, garnering player of the year honors by "High School Game Time" and the San Bernardino County Sun.
Will Cannon (6-0, 165) comes to Montezuma Mesa from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he competed for the West Pines United Club team and University High School. Cannon, a defender, was rated one of ESPN Rise Magazine's State by State Top Players and was named an all-region selection by The Miami Herald. Cannon led University High to a pair of district championships.
Paris Figueroa (5-10, 160) brings collegiate experience to San Diego State after playing the 2008 season at Arizona Western Community College. A native of Simi Valley, Calif., Figueroa will have three years of eligibility left at SDSU. Figueroa starred for DMS 11, where he helped the club team win a Region IV championship and three Cal-South State championships with current Aztec captain Daniel Steres. At Royal High School, Figueroa earned all-CIF and all-Ventura County honors, and was a four-time all-Maramonte League performer.
Anthony Gooch (6-0, 175) is a defender from Santa Cruz, Calif. Gooch has captained the SCC Breakers/US Academy club team, the 2008 Region IV ODP squad and the Nor-Cal State ODP team. In addition, Gooch participated in the Super Y League Select team and has trained in the past with renowned English Premiership club Everton FC and the famed Italian club AC Milan at its youth academy. At Soquel High School, Gooch was the MVP of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League and a four-time all-league pick.
Brett Helm (6-1, 180) becomes the second Texas recruit SDSU has landed in the past two years. Helm is rated a top-20 recruit in the state of Texas by Top Drawer Soccer after starring for the Dallas Texans club team and Frisco Centennial High School. Helm was an all-region selection (2008), a three-time all-county pick (2007-09) and a three-time all-district honoree (2007-09). In addition, Helm played on a USYSA national championship team during the 2008 season.
Guillermo Licona (5-11, 160) of Lake Forest, Calif., was a 2008 participant at the prestigious adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP), which pulls in the top players across America to compete in a combine-style format each summer. A midfielder, Licona was the captain of his West Coast Futbol club team. Additionally, Licona started all four years at Laguna Hills High School, earning first-team all-CIF accolades in 2010 and first-team all-Pacific Coast League honors in 2009 and 2010. Licona's club team was also a USYS national finalist in 2007.
Tyrone Martin (6-1, 175) comes to San Diego State from the soccer-rich area of Indianapolis, Ind., where he played for the Indiana United/US Academy club team. As a defender, Martin is listed as a top-15 recruit in the Great Lakes region by Top Drawer Soccer and has helped Indiana United capture back-to-back U.S. Academy national championships. Martin was also chosen by ESPN Rise Magazine as one of the Top State by State Players. Martin was a two-time first-team all-state selection (2008-09) and all-district pick (2008-09), and a four-time all-conference player (2006-09).
Casey Meuser (5-10, 150), a midfielder, played his club ball with the California Development Academy/US Academy. A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Meuser earned player of the year accolades for three consecutive years while at Placer United (2007-09). A four-year varsity starter at Del Oro High School, Meuser garnered first-team all-Sierra Foothill League accolades in each of the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Jordan Ongaro (6-0, 175) brings international experience to the Aztecs after playing for the U-17 Canadian National Team and currently a member of the U-20 Canadian National Team pool. Ongaro played at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 qualification tournament in Tijuana, Mexico, scoring a goal against Cuba that was later called back. Ongaro, who participated in the Canadian National Training Center program, played his club ball for Southwest United and his high school ball at Archbishop O'Leary.
John Pegg (5-9, 160) transfers to SDSU from Seattle University, where he started 10 of the 12 games after missing the first half of the season starting for Canada's U-20 National Team at the Francophone Games in Beirut, Lebanon. At Seattle, Pegg had one goal and one assist. Pegg helped Southwest United to a U-18 Alberta Provincial Championship and the U-18 Canadian National Club Championship. Pegg played his high school ball at Harry Anlai and also participated in the Canadian National Training Center program.
Tim Peitsch (6-1, 180), hailing from Perry Hall, Md., is the lone goalkeeper in the 2010 class. Peitsch, who played his club ball at Baltimore Chelsea Bays/US Academy, earned NSCAA first-team all-south honors (2009) and NSCAA first-team all-state accolades in both 2008 and 2009. Additionally, Peitsch earned back-to-back adidas USYSA Golden Glove honors (2007-08) and is a State by State Top Player by ESPN Rise Magazine. For his back-to-back USYSA honors, Peitsch has his goalkeeper gloves retired at the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. Peitsch started all four years at Loyola Blakefield High School.
Sean Zaher (6-1, 180), a native of Las Vegas, Nev., is the final member of the 2010 class. Zaher is rated as a top-100 recruit by Top Drawer Soccer and a top-10 Rocky Mountain/Southwest region recruit by the same website. Zaher, who was also selected as an ESPN Rise Magazine State by State Player, was a three-time member of the Nevada all-state team, all-district team and all-conference team. Zaher played for the Region IV ODP team and the Nevada ODP team from 2003-09, and helped Bishop Gorman win two high school state championships. He also played for the Las Vegas Premier club team.