UCCS soccer adds 17

By Doug Fitzgerald published July 11, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS -- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer coach Flavio Mazzetti announced the Mountain Lions' 2007 recruiting class on Wednesday.

With only 10 players and two starters returning from the 2006 UCCS team that posted a 7-12-1 record, Mazzetti came into the recruiting season with plenty of holes to fill. He did so by adding 17 new faces including two transfers and 15 freshmen. Since the 10 returners include five sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and three juniors, the Mountain Lions will be among the youngest teams in the nation.

The two transfers are Ryan Buttner from Chandler-Gilbert Community College near Phoenix and Jarad Giegler from Texas-San Antonio and Itawamba Community College. Buttner will add speed as an outside defender while the 6-foot-4 Giegler will contribute to the Mountain Lions' interior defense. Two more defenders to watch are Calvin Cook from Mountain Vista High School and Nick Christopher from Longmont High School.

Goalkeeper Adam Liszewski also enrolled at Chandler-Gilbert after starring in club soccer and at Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz. An injury kept him from playing in 2006, though, so he comes to UCCS as a freshman. He will face stiff competition from two other freshmen, Mark Howard and Michael Bergren, who posted a 1.29 goals-against average as a senior at Longmont High School.

Offensively, Isak Tengesdal and Oluwadamilola Oladiran could each make an impact immediately. Tengesdal led Camp Minot High School to the North Dakota State Championship and was named the state player of the year by RISE Magazine and the North Dakota Coaches Association. Oladiron did not play high school soccer, opting instead to concentrate on his studies after coming to the United States from his native Nigeria. Mazzetti discovered the talented midfielder/forward playing in Denver area adult leagues.

Wade Hood and Bobby Cinea also come to UCCS with impressive scoring numbers. Hood notched 27 goals and three assists this past season at Northridge High School in Greeley, while Cinea recorded 11 goals and 13 assists at Longmont High School. Also in the mix will be Brad Barr from Bellaire High School in Valdosta, Ga.

Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate Mike Mason leads an impressive corps of midfielders that includes Ryan Piechowski, Chris Santaularia, Chris Brieling and Bryan Manson.

Piechowski was named all-Camino Real League after recording six goals and six assists as a senior at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif. Santaularia, meanwhile, was named second-team Class 4A Metro League by the Gazette after a four-goal, five assist performance at Mesa Ridge High School in Colorado Springs. 

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Bryan MansonBryan Manson26MFr.
Bryan MansonBryan Manson22M
Chris SantaulariaChris Santaularia22MFr.
Mike MasonMike Mason3M/FJr.
Mike MasonMike Mason3DSo.
Mike MasonMike Mason17MFr.
Mike MasonMike Mason3M/FJr.
Wade HoodWade Hood3FFr.
Calvin CookCalvin Cook4D/MFr.
Ryan PiechowskiRyan Piechowski18MFr.
Ryan PiechowskiRyan Piechowski20M
Ryan PiechowskiRyan Piechowski20MJr.
Ryan PiechowskiRyan Piechowski20MJr.
Brad BarrBrad BarrF
Nick ChristopherNick Christopher12D/MFr.
Nick ChristopherNick Christopher12D/MFr.
Nick ChristopherNick Christopher26D/MJr.
Bobby CineaBobby Cinea14M/FFr.
Jarad GieglerJarad Giegler2DJr.
Chris BrielingChris BrielingM
Ryan ButtnerRyan Buttner10D
Ryan ButtnerRyan Buttner10D
Michael BergrenMichael Bergren23GK
Isak TengesdalIsak Tengesdal6F
Isak TengesdalIsak Tengesdal6F
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