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Georgetown College men's soccer team received a solid 2011-12 signing class. Fourth-year coach Derek Willis signed 10 young men to join the Tigers this season.
Following an injury-plagued season this past year, it was evident how important some youthful players might be at any given moment. Willis had several key pieces to the GC team in his 2010-11 class. While he is hopefully to have more time to allow this class to adjust to the college game, he knows, if needed, he can call on several of them to step up in their rookie campaign.
"I am extremely excited about this class coming in," Willis said. "I am anticipating that three or more of the incoming freshmen will be contending for a starting spot immediately with the others competing for first team minutes."
The class is a mix of mostly Kentucky players and a pair of athletes from Ohio.
Before coming to Georgetown, Willis was head coach at Central Hardin High School where he coached then freshman Brenden Horn. Horn will again join his former coach this season. The Bruins were 44-22-14 during Horn's four years, including a district and regional championship this past year. CHHS advanced all the way to the state semifinals before losing to Daviess County, 1-0.
Horn is a defender and has played for the club team Atletico Flames 93.
Zach Henson's Hopkinsville High School team also had a banner senior season. The Tigers won a district and region title before losing to Daviess in the first round of the state tournament. Henson, a midfielder, helped the team to its best record in his four years at 17-2-6. He played club for Ambush FC.
Daviess County wreaked havoc on a third Tiger recruit this past season. Goalkeeper Stefan Iverson of Greenwood High School advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals before losing 2-1 in a shootout to DCHS. The Gators were not new to the state scene. In the past three seasons, GHS has advanced at least to the first round of the state tournament. In Iverson's sophomore and junior seasons, the Gators lost the district title to Bowling Green and then bounced back for a win over the very same team in the region finals for the title and a run in the state tournament. The Gators were 58-29-12 during the goalie's four years.
Dan Rothwell is another goalie in this 2011-12 class with state experience. His four years at Elizabethtown were littered with success - two district titles and one region crown - and heartbreak - twice district and region runner-ups in hard fought games. The Panthers were 50-30-8 over the past four seasons. Rothwell played club for Javanon 92.
Defender Cody Hill has helped area Bourbon County High School to a 42-42-6 mark over the past four years with two district titles and a regional runner-up finish. He played club for Bluegrass 93.
Matt Huff had an interesting experience of playing three seasons for Shelby County High School. Shelby County then opened up Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010-11, where Huff helped the Titans to a 14-6-1 mark in their inaugural season. The defender/midfielder helped the Rockets to a 26-20-9 mark in three seasons. He played club for United 1996 and FC International 93.
Adding some home town flavor to the Tigers will be Scott County High School graduate Zack Adkins. Adkins helped the Cardinals through a youthful growing experience his first two seasons to a 16-9-7 mark his last two years. Adkins is a defender that also played club for Bluegrass SC 93.
Midfielder Tyler Glass rounds out the Kentucky recruits. Glass played his high school career with Academy for Individual Excellence in Jefferson County. AIE is a part of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association. Outside of playing for the Cougars, Glass played club for Thoroughbreds 94.
Rounding out the class are defender/midfielder Zac Schultz from Olmstead Falls High School in and midfielder Kyle Wright from Hilliard High School.
Schultz played club for Cleveland FC, which finished second in the Midwest Regional Premier League this season and was a semifinalist at the USYSNCS Region II Championships.
Wright played for Hilliard FC, a Buckeye Premier League team.