CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College men’s soccer head coach Bret Boulware announced the signing of seven players to the Blue Hose Class of 2013. Nico Fazio, Paul Gunning, Bobby Kesky, Byron Quinatoa, Manning Rushton, Newt Turk and Andrew Wallingford will join PC’s men’s team for the 2009 season.
Boulware brings two from the state of South Carolina and three from neighboring Georgia on board for 2009. Keskey, a transfer from Lehigh University, is originally from Kentucky while Gunning will travel all the way from Scotland to join the Blue Hose next year.
“I see a lot of potential in this class,” Boulware said. “Assistant coach Ed Joyce has be instrumental in bringing in this class and we feel they will contribute immediately to the core of our squad next year.
Keskey, who is already taking classes as a freshman at PC, comes to the Blue Hose from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The 5-10 midfielder from Louisville, Ky. played in two games for the Hawks after earning three varsity letters from Dupont Manual H.S. Keskey earned all-state honorable mention status his senior year in high school after netting a dozen goals and adding eight assists. He was named to the all-state academic first team twice and also played for the United 1996 FC club team.
“Keskey is a solid center midfielder who has a great work ethic and is a good teammate,” Boulware said.
Fazio is one of three recruits to come out of the Peach state. The Roswell, Ga. native accumulated 28 goals under head coach Bob Rumble at Roswell H.S. and is a member of the Atlanta Fire United club team. He has previously played for Georgia’s Olympic Development Team.
“Fazio is a tenacious, buzzing player who contribute up top and in the attacking center midfield position,” Boulware said.
Turk has been a four-year starting defender under head coach Ric Wallace at Habersham Central H.S. The 5-11 Cornelia, Ga. native received all-region honorable mention accolades after scoring two goals and recording five assists in 2008. Turk is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and he was awarded the University of Georgia Certificate of Merit in 2008.
“Turk is a great student who comes from a great family,” Boulware said. “He’s a hard defender and very competitive which are attributes we look for in a recruit. I expect him to contribute to our defensive line as an outside back.”
Wallingford will compete for time in goal at PC as he comes to Clinton with his GSA ’91 Phoenix Red and Nuno Pitiera club teammate, Turk. Wallingord, who comes from Atlanta, Ga., played under head coach Stan Carpenter at Collins H.S., where the Screaming Eagles went 18-5 and advanced to the 5A state championships in 2008.
“Wallingford is a technical keeper with good hands who controls the box,” Boulware said. “As with all freshmen keepers, the question is how quickly he can manage the speed of play in college soccer but our expectations are high.”
Quinatoa is a 5-11 midfielder who comes to PC from Dreher H.S. in Columbia, S.C. Quinatoa is a two-time Region III 3-A MVP and has also been named all-area and all-region during his sophomore and junior seasons. The Blue Devils are three-time regional champions who were the South Carolina 3A state championship runners-up in 2006. Quinatoa has also excelled in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society and a Richland One Scholar who also received the Coker Scholar award.
“Quinatoa is a crafty, elusive center midfielder with a very good nose for the goal,” Boulware said. “Look for him to contribute to the attack next fall.”
Rushton has the fewest miles to travel from his home in Greenville, S.C. to PC. The four-year starter at midfield for Greenville H.S. earned all-state honors his junior year and was named the region Player of the Year. The Red Raiders competed in the 3-A state championship in 2007, under PC’s assistant coach Ed Joyce. Rushton lettered in football as a kicker in 2008. He plays for the Cesa Premier club team along fellow signee, Quinatoa.
“Rushton is a very versatile player,” Boulware said. “He has excellent attacking qualities and is very good at finishing. He is a great athlete and competitor and I expect him to contribute right away.”
By contrast, Gunning covers the most miles in coming to PC. The 5-8 forward hails from Glasgow, Scotland where he led his team at Turnbull H.S. in scoring for three years. Gunning also played with a club team that advanced to the Scottish Cup semifinals in his freshman year qualified for the quarterfinals during his junior season. A two-sport athlete, he also won the silver medal in the 4x100m relay at regionals.
“Gunning is a great student and we hope a great finisher,” Boulware said. “He has the ability to put the ball away when he gets chances and we will count on that when he joins us in the fall.”
The Class of 2013 will add depth to the 17 returning players for the Blue Hose in 2009. The incoming class covers the field with regard to position, bringing in two forwards, three midfielders, one defender and a goalkeeper.
The Blue Hose will open their 2009 season on Sept. 1 at Furman.