Andrews Inks 16 for 2011
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury University men’s soccer coach Ben Andrews has signed 16 players for the fall as announced on Wednesday. Ten players are from Kentucky including nine from the central Kentucky area and six from either West or East Jessamine High School. Two players come from North Carolina and one each from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Ecuador.
Andrews signed three goal keepers for 2011, Micah Maurin from Quito, Ecuador, Jacob Gray from Spring Lake, Mich. and Griffin Appel from Versailles, Ky. Appel follows the footsteps of his broth Josh who played for the Eagles from 2005-07. Griffin played three years for the Yellow Jackets and coach Willie Wilson at Woodford County High School. He was named 1st Team All-State as a junior and a senior as well as the All-District and All-Region Teams. He was awarded the 2008 and 2009 Kentucky High School Coaches Association Good Hands Award. He set a school record with 31 career shutouts and had a career 0.75 goals against average.
Micah Maurin spent three years on the Alliance Academy International varsity squad under Russ Meehan. He was named the 2010 League MVP and the Best Goal Keeper. Jacob Gray played for two years on the Spring Lake High School team under coach Jeremy Thelen. He recorded 11 shutouts, including eight in a row, and a 0.77 goals against average while being named 1st team All-Conference, All-Area and All-District.
Appel’s high school teammate Garrett Davis will also be joining the Eagles in the fall. Davis is a midfielder who played for three years on the varsity. He was an Honorable Mention All-State selection in 2009 and 2010 as well as an All-District and All-Region selection. Davis was also a member of the 1st Team All-State Academic Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The five West Jessamine boys committed to the Eagles are Michael Krupa, Adam Howard, Kyle Blair, Billy Congleton and Hunter Dean. All five played under head coach Nate Andrews, who is the brother to Asbury head coach Ben Andrews.
Blair is a defender/midfielder who was the team captain as a senior. Congleton is a forward and Krupa is a midfielder. Howard is a midfielder who is the school’s all-time leader in goals scored. He was named 2nd Team All-State as a senior in 2010 and was an Honorable Mention selection in 2009. He was also an All-District and All-Conference pick in 2008. Dean was the team MVP in 2010 and a member of the All-District team.
Andrews has inked four other predominately midfielders in Stephen Mitchell from Lexington, Ky., Nick Steibick from Middletown, Ohio, Griffin Wilcoxon from Danville, Ind. and Shayne White from Havelock, N.C. Mitchell spent the past four years on the Lexington Christian Academy club under Coach Pete Akatsa. He was the team captain in 2010 and led the team in goals scored. Mitchell was also an All-District selection and was named to the Academic All-State team.
Streibick played three years at Monroe High School for Michael Oster. He was an All-League and 3rd Team All-District selection as well as a Scholar Athlete. The Hornets were league champions all three years he was on the team. Wilcoxon was the team MVP as a senior playing for Danville Community High School. He was second on the team in goals and assists as a senior. Wilcoxon was named to the All-Conference team and was an Honorable Mention All-County selection. White spent three years on the Havelock High School varsity team and was team captain as a senior. He was a member of the All-Conference team and was an Honorable Mention selection to the Sun Journal Team.
The Eagles have also added two forwards for the fall in Cody Lancaster from Nicholasville, Ky. and Caleb Young from Greenfield, Ind. Lancaster played for East Jessamine High School for three years. East finished 18-5-2, losing in both the district and region championship games. Young spent three years on the Mt. Vernon High School team, earning All-County Honorable Mention honors. He scored six goals and added four assists in his senior year.
The two defenders Andrews signed this year are Robbie Vanderbilt from Highlands, N.C. and Roman Jaconette from Dry Ridge, Ky. Vanderbilt was team captain as a senior and was named to the All-Conference team in both 2009 and 2010. He was part of a defense that allowed only 34 goals, only six in conference games. Jaconette spent two years on the team at Grant County. He was 1st Team Academic All-State in 2009 and 2010.