2017 WWU Vikings Men’s Soccer recruiting class


BELLINGHAM, WA — (school release) Western Washington University head men’s soccer coach Greg Brisbon has announced the addition of six student-athletes for the upcoming 2017 season.

The class, composed entirely of players from the state of Washington, features two goalkeepers, two defenders and two midfielders. The group will join a WWU team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season in its first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

Name Position Height Hometown High School
Ethan Diaz Midfielder 6’0” Issaquah, WA Liberty HS
Thomas Ewert Goalkeeper 6’0” Vancouver, WA Skyview HS
Tre’ Flowers Defender 5’11” Kent, WA Kentridge HS
Mason Rathkamp Midfielder 5’11” Bellingham, WA Sehome HS
Deondre Sluys Defender 6’0” Poulsbo, WA North Kitsap HS
Brandon Wolter Goalkeeper 6’1” Vancouver, WA Union HS

“I feel this is a very solid recruiting class,” Brisbon said. “There is depth in all positions and all of the recruits have very good academic background along with a very solid soccer background. I am excited to see this group grow together as a class and gel with the current team. Our staff is very excited to get working with this group of young men.”

Ethan Diaz  Issaquah, WA (Liberty High School)
A 6-0 midfielder from Liberty High School…has played for Liberty High School and Pacific Northwest 98 Maroon…scored 16 goals with 27 assists through junior season of prep career…named WIAA State Athlete of the Week during 2015…Second Team All-KingCo selection in 2016…has led the Pacific Northwest Soccer Club to three state championship appearances over nine years…plans to major in sports psychology at WWU.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Ethan’s greatest quality is that he wants to be a Viking soccer player. He committed to us very early in the process. His dedication to the program and the school is what drew me to him. A talented midfielder with a very good soccer IQ. Ethan can play in any of the three lines and possesses the attitude that he can help out the team wherever he is needed. Ethan will fit in great within the program.”

Thomas Ewert  Vancouver, WA (Skyview High School)
A 6-0 goalkeeper from Skyview High School…recorded 7 shutouts over 8 games played in Greater St. Helens League during sophomore season in 2015 as Skyview reached district playoffs…2017 team captain…during 2015-16 played 15 games in the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, recording 6 shutouts with a .711 save percentage…played in Generation Adidas Cup with club team, reaching round of 16…trained with Portland Timbers U-23 PDL squad during 2016…plans to major in environmental science.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Thomas is a solid, fundamentally-sound goalkeeper. Thomas has been trained very well during his youth career. He is a great shot stopper and has very good communication skills. I am looking forward to seeing him develop into a very good goalkeeper as a Viking.”

Tre’ Flowers  Kent, WA (Kentridge High School)
A 5-11 midfielder from Kentridge High School…attended Skyview High School for freshman, sophomore and junior seasons of high school career…four-year varsity starter and three-year captain…Second Team All-Greater St. Helens selection during junior and sophomore seasons…has totaled 24 goals and 25 assists through three years of prep career…helped Skyview to third-place finish in state tournament during freshman season along with league titles during freshman and sophomore seasons…played club soccer for PSPL Surf Academy B99 and Washington Timbers…earned Journalism National Inspiration Award during 2014…earned Scholar Athlete Award and honor roll each year of high school career and was a National Honors Society Invitee.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Tre’ has been on our radar for two to three years now. A very athletic player who gets better technically every time I see him play. At our summer ID camp he was one of the top players at camp. He really can play anywhere on the field, I think his best position as a freshman will be in the back line. A great competitor and a very good teammate. I am looking forward to coaching Tre’ these next four years.”

Mason Rathkamp  Bellingham, WA (Sehome High School)
A 5-11 midfielder and local product of Sehome High School…four-year varsity player and two-year team captain…helped lead Sehome to fourth-place finish at state championships during 2016 after undefeated regular season…has started every game since sophomore season…Northwest Conference First Team All-League sophomore and junior seasons as well as team MVP during junior season…played club soccer for WFC Rangers for three years, leading team to second-place in Washington State Championship during 2016…his brother, Ben Rathkamp, was on the Western Cycling team.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“I have known Mason since he was 10 years old it seems. A local product I am excited to see play for the Vikings. A tremendous midfield talent with very good vision, technical skill and a very high soccer IQ. I am looking forward to seeing him integrate with the current midfield and develop over the next four years.“

Deondre Sluys Poulsbo, WA (North Kitsap High School)
A 6-0 defender from North Kitsap High School…varsity player since sophomore season after battling injury during freshman year…First Team All-Olympic League during sophomore and junior seasons and also received honorable mention All-State recognition during junior year…helped North Kitsap to league title during sophomore season and second-place league finish during junior season as team advanced to state tournament both years…two-year team captain during junior and senior seasons…played three years of club soccer with NK Inferno, helping team to win WSPL2 title during club career…also played for NK Comets, NK Explosion and Kitsap Alliance during club career.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Deondre was a recruit I discovered at my old high school and he was able to attend our ID camp and really impressed the staff and me that week. A very competitive player who has had very good coaching in his club and high school environment. Deondre will most likely play in the back line and I am looking forward to see Deondre develop over the next four years.”

Brandon Wolter Vancouver, WA (Union High School)
A 6-1 goalkeeper from Union High School…three-year varsity player… Second Team All-State selection during 2016 as well as First Team All-GSHL and All-Region team member…recorded a school-record 12 shutouts in 18 varsity starts during 2016 with a .70 goals-against average…helped lead Union to a share of 4A Greater St. Helens League title and state playoff berth…played club soccer for Washington Timbers, 98 Red 1, Oregon ODP and 99 Region IV…DECA officer at Union and member of Spanish Honor Society as well as volunteer with TOPS Soccer.

Quotable from Coach Brisbon:
“Brandon we were able to see at our ID camp this past year. Watching him prior in his club environment and seeing him develop over that time, I feel he has a very good future as a Viking and look forward to seeing him compete for playing time in that position.”


The Vikings went 10-5-4 overall and 6-3-3 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference games last season…earned the program’s first-ever berth into the NCAA Division II Tournament as the No. 6 seed in the West Region…also earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament win with a 3-2 (OT) victory against third-seeded Dixie State in the opening round…finished in a tie for second in the GNAC and went 6-1-1 over last eight games of the season, including a six-game win streak spanning the final five games of the regular season and first game of the NCAA Tournament.


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