Men's Soccer Signs Four Newcomers To Join Program This Fall

April 28, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head men's soccer coach Einar Thorarinsson has announced the signing of four players to letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs this fall.

Three of the newcomers come from Spokane and the Greater Spokane League - Casey Ames of Lewis and Clark High and Ferris High teammates Ian Hartfield and James Matern. Erik Nielsen of Boise, Idaho, High has also cast his lot with Gonzaga.

Ames, Hartfield and Matern are all midfielders, while Nielsen joins the Bulldogs as a forward.

Matern was an All-GSL first-team pick in 2008 as selected by the Spokesman-Review, Ames was a second-team honoree after being a first-team pick as a sophomore and Hartfield was an honorable mention selection. Matern was also a second-team All-GSL pick as a freshman and was sidelined as a sophomore with an injury.

Ames and the Tigers currently sit atop the GSL standings this year with an 8-0-0 record, 8-2-0 overall. Ferris (7-3-0, 6-2-0) is fourth jockeying for a post-season position after the Saxons finished in a four-way tie for first last season. LC and Ferris play Wednesday.

Nielsen helped lead Boise High to the Idaho State 5A title each of the last two seasons, finishing his career with 67 goals and 40 assists. The Braves were ranked as high as 11th in Region 8 this past season in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas national rankings. He was a three-time All-Southern Idaho Conference selection and the Idaho State Gatorade Player of the Year nominee as a junior and senior. A two-time Offensive MVP for the Braves, he was voted the team MVP as a senior. His Boise Capitals Soccer Club has won six Idaho State Cup titles and was Region IV quarterfinalists in 2007.

All four incoming players are also strong in the classroom. Nielsen carries a 3.82 grade point average, Matern has a 3.75 GPA, Hartfield a 3.2 and Ames a 3.18.

"This is an outstanding recruiting class," Thorarinsson said. "It's the first time we've signed three outstanding players from Spokane in one season. We recruited hard for midfielders and we think we found three good ones, and we also landed a quality forward. All of them have the potential to contribute this season."



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