Men's Soccer Adds Seven For 2012
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's soccer team and head coach Bret Boulware have announced the signing of seven players for the 2012 season. Jonathan Archer (Charlotte, N.C.), CJ King (Columbia, S.C.), Matt Manter (Columbia, S.C.), Jon Perry (Boiling Springs, S.C.), Adam Turner (Greenville, S.C.), Thomas Valente (Bristol, Tenn.) and Greg White (Stockbridge, Ga.) will join the Blue Hose for the fall campaign.
"I am very pleased with this incoming class," Boulware said. "They carry a lot of potential and have the attitudes we are looking for in players who want to make a mark in the college game."
Archer, the brother of current Blue Hose sophomore midfielder Jordan Archer, will join PC after a winning goalkeeping career at Charlotte Catholic. Archer led the team to a Mega 7 conference championship and a trip to the state finals while never losing a conference game. The future Blue Hose earned Goalkeeper of the Year honors in addition to all-conference honors.
Off of the pitch, Archer led and co-founded a free soccer camp at his church and made the honor roll at Charlotte Catholic. He also served as a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Manter will become a Blue Hose after a standout career at Irmo High School. Manter helped the Yellow Jackets to state finalist finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2011, including ventutres high into the national rankings. Two weeks ago, Manter scored the team's first goal in a game that clinched head coach Phil Savitz's 600th career win. The future PC player also showed a big-game attitude as a sophomore, scoring a goal to seal a 3-1 win over No. 1 Northwestern to give Irmo the top spot in the Class 4A rankings.
In the classroom, Manter is an honor roll student at Irmo. He also plays for club team South Carolina United Elite.
King will arrive on campus after successful career on the back line at Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. King helped the team to three straight playoff runs and picked up All Region IV Team honors in 2010 and 2011. He was also named Defensive Player of the Year for his high school team in both years. In club play, King served as captain of SCUFC 93 Boys Elite for four years, earning the team's Leadership Award and leading the team to a State Cup title in 2008 and a finalist finish in 2009.
Away from the field, King co-chaired the Winter Wishes project at Ridge View, coordinated a baby item drive and volunteer with the Strikers soccer team, a program for children with special needs.
Perry will leave Landrum High School after four notable years starting on the back line. As a member of the Cardinals, served as captain and earned All-Region, All-Academic First Team, All-Area First Team and MVP honors. He also tallied 11 goals and three assists in his junior year. As a member of the Carolina FC 93 Challenge club team, Perry played center back and helped the team to a 17-1-3 record.
In the classroom, the future Blue Hose earned an Academic Excellence Award for four straight years and was named to the National Society of High School Scholars, as well as serving in the National Beta Club.
Turner will join PC after a solid career at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, S.C., where he played for the varsity squad since his freshman year. Turner was named Offensive Player of the Year his sophomore year and team MVP his junior year while earning All-Region honors. In club play, he helped the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy to a state championship.
Off the pitch, Turner participated in mission trips and was a member of his church's youth group. He also participated in many extra-curricular activities as a Beta Club officer, Palmetto Boys State delegate, and a newspaper sports editor.
Valente will join the Blue Hose after an outstanding career as a mid-fielder for Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tenn. Valente was a key asset to his high school team, earning First Team All-Conference honors, First Team All-Tournament honors and was named a three-time All-Region I Letterman. In club play, he played for Little Brazil, rated top 20 in the nation by GotSoccer. Valente helped lead that team to five state championships, three premier league Central championships, two Dallas Cup appearances, five Disney Showcase appearances and four Atlanta Cup championships.
In the classroom, Valente maintained a 4.0 GPA and was named Valedictorian Graduate of Distinction AP/Honors classes. He will start classes here at PC with having already earned 12 hours of college credit.
White will leave Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Ga., after a record-setting career as the team's starting forward. After his first three years, White held his high school's record with 48 total goals scored, and currently holds the record for single season total goals as well, with 21. White was named three-time offensive player of the year (2009-11), received All-Region Honors and was named to the Henry County All-Star team three times. In club play, he played forward and center midfield for the GSA Phoenix.
Off the field, White was awarded academic letterman honors and maintained over a 90 percent numeric average all 3 years, while serving as a volunteer for many church activities.