March 15, 2012
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh men's soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher has officially announced the signing of six student-athletes to join the Panthers in the fall.
The incoming class consists of: Emilio Cordero (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) , Kevin Fielden (Tega Cay, S.C.), Dan Lynd (Penfield, N.Y.), Matt Venanzi (Venetia, Pa.), Andrew Wright (Lancaster, Pa.) and Nick Wysong (Elkhart, Ind.).
"We feel that this is a very strong group of student-athletes," said Luxbacher. "The seven young men give us depth, both offensively and defensively and I expect them to contribute immediately. Hailing from six different states and areas, they each bring a unique style of play that I am confident will complement our current team. I am excited to get the season started."
Cordero, a 6-1 defender, is a four-time league all-star from Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in San Juan, P.R. He is a also a member of the Conquistadores Soccer Club one of the top clubs in Puerto -Rico - which captured the U14, U15 and U17 Metropolitan League Championships.
At 17, Cordero is one of the youngest members of the U20 Puerto Rico National Team. He will participate in the 2012 Dallas Cup and the U20 World Cup qualifying tournament.
Fielden, a 6-0 center midfielder, is a four-year starter at Fort Mill High School. He has compiled 35 goals and 23 assists over his career, including six goals so far this spring season for the Yellow Jackets.
The South Carolina native has helped lead Fort Mill to no fewer than 18 wins in each off the past three seasons, which includes two Elite Eight appearances, one Final Four and two final season top-10 rankings. Fielden has twice been named a member of the All-Region III-AAAA team and earned Region III Player of the Year accolades and an All-State nod following his junior season.
Fielden plays club soccer for CESA 93 Premier (Greenville, S.C.), currently ranked No. 1 in the country by topdrawersoccer.com (U18).
A 6-4 goalkeeper, Lynd helped lead Penfield Senior High School to a 16-3 record and the Section V Class AAA finals last fall. The Patriots co-captain registered a 0.20 goals against average - the best mark in Section V of over 100 goalkeepers.
Lynd also recorded 13 shutouts en route to NSCAA All-Region II team and NSCAA All-New York fourth team honors. A first-team all-county and Section V All-Tournament selection for Penfield, Lynd plays club soccer for Empire United-Rochester.
Venanzi, a midfielder/forward, tallied 37 goals and 52 assists over his career at Peters Township High School in McMurray, Pa. The four-year starter helped lead the Indians to 70 victories and two WPIAL Class AAA championships (sophomore and junior seasons) and the WPIAL title game this past fall. A 2011 and 2012 All-Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association (PSCA) All-State honoree, Venanzi was a member of the Post-Gazette All-Area team and earned NSCAA Region II All-America honors.
The local product, who plays for club team Beadling SC, was named a player to watch by topdrawersoccer.com. Venanzi was a member of the Region I (Pennsylvania) US Youth Soccer ODP squad.
A 6-2 defender, Wright earned Lancaster Lebanon League honors this past season at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. A team captain for the Pioneers, he was tabbed team MVP and selected to the Lebanon League All-Academic team, while also participating in the Lancaster-Lebanon League All Star game.
Wright - who also played football and baseball at Lampeter-Strasburg - is a member of the club squad, PA Classics.
Wysong, a 6-0 center midfielder and three-time team captain at Concord High School, helped led his team to a 15-1 record this season. The Minutemen finished with a top-10 state ranking as Wysong concluded his senior season by earning a host of honors, among them second team all-state first team all-conference and first team all-district.
A four-year varsity starter, Wysong collected 54 goals and 77 assists over his career which includes 22 strikes and 16 assists this past fall.
Wysong plays club for Kalamazoo Kingdom, a squad that was the Michigan State Cup Finalist in 2009 and captured the 2011 Division MRL championship.