Ellis announces recruiting class for 2010

By Doug Fitzgerald published June 28, 2010

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's soccer coach Henry Ellis announced his 2010 recruiting class on Monday. The talented group of 16 includes three international players, two NCAA Division I transfers and three other transfers as well as several top-ranked freshmen.

"We're really excited about the class we've got coming in," said Ellis. "We put in a lot of hard work to get these players into the program. We feel like the balance of the freshman talent along with the transfers will blend well with our returning core."

The international trio is headlined by Matthew Cox, who was recently named to the New Zealand U-20 National Team. The others are Frenchman Gabriel Causse, who most recently played for the Ogden Outlaws, and Englishman Mashkhall Shaswar, who led Middlesex County Schools Cup winner Isleworth and Syon in assists with nine in his final year at the school.

Scott Kocel (St. Louis) and Jabari Shaw (Cincinnati) are both arriving from Division I institutions. Kocel, who starred at Cheyenn Mountain High School, returns to Colorado Springs after spending the 2009 season as a member of the Billikens' travel squad. Shaw saw action in two matches for the Bearcats in 2009 after a brilliant career for powerful Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Midfielders Brett Drefs and Kyle Tetrault arrive from Phoenix College, where they were instrumental in leading the Bears to a 15-2-3 record and an ACCAC regular-season championship. Under their watch, Phoenix College allowed just 17 goals in 20 matches.

The incoming class has a strong local flavor. Along with Kocel, who is returning home, the Mountain Lions are also adding freshmen Landon Brunk from Air Academy HS plus Colton Brisco and Austin Hansen from Lewis Palmer HS. Brunk was a four-year starter and a two-year All-Metro League honoree. Brisco was named second-team all-state as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a senior, while Hansen had seven goals and two assists as a senior for the Rangers.

Two other Colorado standouts add to the local mix. Austin Bell was named first-team all-Centennial League and honorable mention all-state in his senior season at Mullen HS, while Justin Miller was a second-team all-Centennial League honoree after recording six goals and four assists for Arapahoe HS.

Athletic goalkeeper Brandon Costa was a first-team all-state honoree as a senior at Bishop England High School in Daniel Island, S.C., where he led his team to the Class 2A championship game in 2010. as a senior, he posted 13 shutouts, including two straight in the state playoffs, on his way to a 0.61 goals-against average.

UCCS is also adding three other out-of-state freshmen. Matthew Thies was a two-time all-state honorable mention at Ralston HS in Omaha, Neb. and was selected to play in the 2010 Shrine Soccer Classic, the Nebraska high school all-star game. Kyle Lee was a first-team all-Cook Inlet Conference selection as a senior at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, and led the Lynx to an 11-1-5 record in 2010. Keenan Forder was named all-state honorable mention as a senior at Burnsville High School in Burnsville, Minn. A defender and midfielder, he led the Blaze to a 9-6-3 record (5-3-3 in the Lake Conference).

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Landon BrunkLandon Brunk13DFr.
Keenan ForderKeenan Forder13DJr.
Keenan ForderKeenan Forder18DFr.
Keenan ForderKeenan Forder13DSo.
Scott KocelScott Kocel5F/M
Scott KocelScott Kocel5F/MJr.
Kyle LeeKyle Lee8M
Kyle LeeKyle Lee15MSo.
Matthew ThiesMatthew Thies16M/D
Kyle TetraultKyle Tetrault6MSr.
Kyle TetraultKyle Tetrault24MSo.
Kyle TetraultKyle Tetrault16MJr.
Brandon CostaBrandon Costa0GKSr
Brandon CostaBrandon Costa0GKSo.
Brandon CostaBrandon Costa0GKJr.
Austin HansenAustin Hansen18M
Brett DrefsBrett Drefs14MSo.
Brett DrefsBrett Drefs14MSr.
Brett DrefsBrett Drefs14MJr.
Jabari ShawJabari Shaw21M/D
Jabari ShawJabari Shaw12M/D
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