CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men's soccer team and head coach Bret Boulware have announced the signing of eight players for the 2013 season. Charles Blankenship (Collierville, Tenn.), Cade Crow (Liberty, Mo.), Ian Dempsey (Madison, Ala.), Marijo Gojic (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Patrick Frentz (Louisville, Ky.), Spencer Marks (Woodstock, Ga.), Ebun Terry (Lilburn, Ga.), and John Speed (Decatur, Ga.) will join the Blue Hose for the upcoming fall season.
"I am excited about this large class coming in," said Boulware. "They are from all over and bring a fantastic attitude with them. I expect them to step in and make us better right away."
Blankenship, a 5’ 9” midfielder, will join PC after a career at Houston (Tenn.) High School. Blankenship helped the Mustangs to the 2011 Tennessee state semifinals and the 2012 quarterfinals, earning varsity MVP and All-State honors as a junior captain in 2012. The future Blue Hose scored 27 goals and 15 assists last season following a sophomore campaign that saw him tally 21 goals and 19 assists en route to varsity Offensive MVP and All-State laurels in 2011. In club play, Blankenship helped the Tennessee Olympic Development Program squad to a 2011 ODP Southern Regional Championship and a trip to the 2012 ODP National Championships.
Off the pitch, Blankenship volunteers as a coach for the Future Fury and is an honor roll student who serves in DECA, French Club and school news station HNN News.
Crow, a 5’ 11” forward, will arrive at PC after four years at Liberty Senior (Mo.) High School. Crow helped the squad to two district championships while earning three First Team All-District honors, two First Team All-Conference laurels and an All-Metro Honorable Mention to follow a First Team All-League selection in 2011. The future Blue Hose has led the team as captain for three seasons and also earned First-Team All Conference for doubles tennis and serves as captain for that team as well. In club play, Crow helped his team in the Midwestern Regional League to two straight runner-up finishes at the State Cup.
Off the field, Crow serves as class vice president and volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, attended a mission trip to Haiti and participated in Missouri Boys State.
Dempsey, a 6’ 0” midfielder, will join PC after four years at Sparkman (Ala.) High School. Dempsey helped the Senators to the second round of the playoffs in 2012 and served as captain. The future Blue Hose was named to the Huntsville Times Elite Boys team and set the Sparkman career scoring record (74 goals in three years) and single-season scoring record (37). He was also selected to the U.S. National Team Pool Camp in 2011. Dempsey served as the captain of the BUSA Academy club team and started for the U18 squad and the Huntsville Futbol Club.
Away from the pitch, Dempsey volunteers at soccer camps and has made AB Honor Roll every year of high school, earning Student of the Month honors in October.
Gojic, a 5’ 8” defender, will arrive at PC following a high school career at Brookwood (Ga.) High School. Gojic captained the squad to a fantastic 2012 season as the Broncos reached the state Final Four, capturing a 5A Region 8 championship along the way while grabbing the No. 3 ranking in the state and No. 11 ranking in the nation. He also helped Brookwood to the 2011 Sweet Sixten and a 5A Region 8 Co-Championship.
Off the pitch, Gojic tutors and has posted a 3.2 grade point average at Brookwood. His brother, Stefan, also plays soccer at Francis Marion University.
Frentz, a 5’ 10” midfielder, will join PC following a varsity career at duPont Manual (Ky.) High School. Frentz helped the Rams to a top 25 state ranking and a winning record that included a district championship. The future Blue Hose earned All-South Oldham Invitational Team honors and the Team MVP award as a senior. As a junior, Frentz helped Manual to the South Oldham Invitational title by beating a top 20 team in the finals. Frentz has also played eight seasons for club team Mockingbird.
Away from the field, Frentz has compiled a grade point average over 3.4 and participates heavily in the Harvey Browne Presbyterian youth group. His brother, William, also plays soccer for Centre College.
Marks, a 6’ 1” midfielder, will arrive at PC after four years at Etowah (Ga.) High School. Marks has started for the Eagles for all four years and earned the team’s Scholar Athlete Award as a freshman and sophomore. The future Blue Hose has also helped Etowah to a winning record in all four seasons and currently plays for the Concorde Fire U18 national league elite team, guiding that squad to the No. 1 ranking in the country in December. The Fire also captured state championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012 with a Super Premier League title and regional appearances in 2011 and 2012.
Off the pitch, Marks has compiled a grade point average of at least a 3.5 and cites the small-school feel combined with Division I athletics as his primary reason for choosing PC.
Terry, a 5’ 6” midfielder, will arrive at PC after finishing his high school career at Brookwood (Ga.) High School and will join teammate Marijo Gojic. Terry played all over the field for the Broncos and scored seven goals and nine assists in three seasons, helping the team to a 5A Region 8 championship and the state Final Four. Terry also captained club team GSA 95 Phoenix Red as well as Brookwood his senior season.
Off the pitch, Terry cites his parents as his biggest influence and chose PC because of its great reputation and location.
Speed, a 5’ 7” midfielder, will join PC after four years at Decatur (Ga.) High School. Speed earned the team’s Offensive MVP award as a sophomore and junior and captured Second Team All-Region honors both years as well. Speed will captain the team as a senior and has compiled 23 goals and 16 assists through his first three seasons. In club play, Speed helped the Atlanta Spurs to the No. 2 ranking in the state and a 2012 Georgia State Cup finals run.
Away from the field, Speed volunteers with the YoungLife, Key Club and his church youth group and has participated in several mission trips.