Western Men announce 8 new Vikings

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BELLINGHAM, WA –– (school release) Western Washington University head men’s soccer coach Greg Brisbon has announced the addition of eight student-athletes to for the 2016 season.

The student-athletes who are slated to become Vikings starting in the 2016 season are the following:

Name Position Hometown High School/College
Austin Ball Forward/Midfield Bellevue, WA Interlake High School
Alex Beauchene Forward Renton, WA Eastside Catholic
Keegan Coovert Defender Redmond, WA Redmond High School
Nick Phillips Midfield Lake Tapps, WA Sumner High School
Colton Ronk Defender Renton, WA Liberty High School/Highline CC
Christian Rotter Forward Auburn, WA Auburn-Mountainview High School
Conner Seed Midfield Snohomish, WA Glacier Peak High School
Cameron Unks Midfield/Defender Centennial, CO Arapahoe High School

“We feel this is one of the most balanced recruiting classes we have had in several years,” said Brisbon. “They will be able to add depth in every position, contribute to helping our program succeed on the field and in the classroom. We are excited to get them to Bellingham and into our program.”

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A rundown of the player set to join the program for the upcoming 2016 season:

AUSTIN BALL Bellevue, WA (Interlake High School)
A versatile 5-9 forward and midfielder out of Interlake High School in Bellevue…four-year varsity letterwinner (currently competing in his senior season)…helped lead Interlake to WIAA 3A State Championship…named 2015 All-KingCo second-team (defender)…entering senior season scored 21 goals with 16 assist…has started every game during his prep career…plays club for Crossfire Premier…scholar athlete with high school GPA of 3.84 and planning to major in Industrial Technology.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“I have watched Austin since he was a sophomore in high school. He has been to several of our ID camps over the years and improved every time. He is deceptively quick, a good 1-on-1 wide player, he can serve a ball with great accuracy and loves to go at defenders. He will fit in great with our current attacking players.”

ALEX BEAUCHENE Renton, WA (Eastside Catholic)
A 5-11 forward who was a four-year starter for Eastside Catholic and team captain as senior…named All-Metro second-team as a sophomore and junior (senior season currently ongoing)…led Eastside Catholic to the playoffs as a freshman and junior…played club for Eastside FC…was a Washington State ’98 Elite Player Development Team selection in 2013 and 2014.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Alex is another player we discovered at our ID camp. Alex has very good instincts, great runs in behind and always creates chances to score. He is another player who will fit in very well with our attacking players.”

KEEGAN COOVERT Redmond, WA (Redmond High School)
A 6-1 defender out of Redmond High School…earned four varsity letters, two at Redmond and two at Kimball High School in Tracy, Calif….named second-team all-KingCo 4A as a junior…named team captain for his senior season…played club for Crossfire B97A.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Keegan is a very solid defensive player who will most likely play left back. He truly wants to be a Viking and that motivation has helped him develop very well over the past year. A very good 1-on-1 defender, very consistent defending crosses and has the ability to get up and down the left flank.”

NICK PHILLIPS Lake Tapps, WA (Sumner High School)
A 5-11 midfielder out of Sumer High School…three-year varsity letterwinner…named first-team all-SPSL as a junior…played club for Crossfire Academy.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Nick is a very good overall soccer player. He can play multiple positions in both the midfield and forward lines. He has the ability to assist and score goals. Nick has a great work rate and over the past year he has developed so much that he should come in and compete right away as a freshman in our very difficult GNAC conference.”

COLTON RONK Renton, WA (Liberty High School/Highline Community College)
Junior college transfer from national power Highline Community College…earned four varsity letters and was a three-year starter at Liberty High School…first-team all-KingCo 3A as a junior and senior…Seattle Times All-Star and first-team All-State as a senior…scored 9 goals with 10 assists his senior season to lead Liberty to KingCo championship…two-time NWAC All-Star at Highline…as a sophomore in 2015 anchored the defense that led the league in shutouts and lowest goals against average.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“I have seen Colton play for the past four years as a youth player and at the community college level. I always knew he would be a great fit for our program. Colton is a very athletic central defender. He is very good with his feet, a great presence in the air and a tenacious competitor. He will improve our defense immediately from the first day of training camp.”

CHRISTIAN ROTTER Auburn, WA (Auburn-Mountainview High School)
A 5-9 forward out of Auburn’s Mountainview High School…four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer, while also earning letters in cross country (4), basketball (2) and track & field (1)…four-time state runner in cross country, including 2014 district champion…scholar athlete with a perfect 4.0 GPA…played club for Pacific Northwest Soccer Club ’97 Maroon.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Christian has been on our radar for a long time, he is a very dynamic player who is excellent 1-on-1, a clinical finisher in the box and has a motor that will not stop. He should come in right away and help us compete for a GNAC title. I am very excited to see him progress the next four years as a Viking soccer player.”

CONNER SEED Snohomish, WA (Glacier Peak High School)
A 5-7 midfielder out of Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish…four-year starter during prep career…helped lead team to state quarterfinals as a freshman and junior (senior season ongoing)…2nd-team all-WESCO 3A as a freshman, and first-team selection as a sophomore and junior…named first-team All-State as a junior…scored 9 goals with 6 assists during junior campaign…played club for Snohomish United and Crossfire Academy.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Connor is a very crafty central midfielder. He has great vision and very good short and mid-range passing skills. Connor has a great work rate and has the ability to connect the backs to the forwards with his possession. Connor will add very good depth to our young midfield for next season.”

CAMERON UNKS Centennial, CO (Arapahoe High School)
A 6-1 midfielder and defender out of Centennial, Colo. (Arapaho High School)…played club soccer for Real Colorado Academy.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Cameron comes to us from Colorado. He came to our summer ID camp and did very well. He has the ability to play anywhere on the field. A very technical player who is also a very good defender, possessing great short and mid-range passing skills and a presence in the air. I am very excited to see Cameron develop over the next four years.”

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