March 2, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova head coach Tom Carlin announced the signing of two high school seniors to national letters of intent. Kyle McCarthy and Kyle Soroka will enroll at Villanova this fall. Both are expected bolster a backline that loses two key stalwarts, Adam Brazitis and Miles Harrison.
"We are very excited about the 2009 class," stated Carlin. "This class is up there with the best in our program's history and we look forward to welcoming them to the Nova soccer family. Most of the credit for the class needs to go my assistants Ian Clerihew and BJ Callaghan who did a tremendous job with the class.
"Kyle and Kyle are from two of the nations top clubs in the US Soccer Developmental Academy. They will be tremendous additions to our defending crew which graduated 4 seniors from last years team. The Kyle's should be able to make an immediate impact on our 09 squad".
Kyle McCarthy (6-2, 160 pounds) can play defense or midfield and is a product of Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ.
"Kyle was Mr. Consistency" through the recruiting process," said Carlin. "He lead a very talented PDA team against the top club teams in the nation and the bigger the game, the more effective he became on the field. His size, athleticism and ability to never shy away from a tackle are qualities that immediately caught our eye. He is also a very good passer of the ball and calm under pressure."
Kyle Soroka is also capable of playing on defense or in the midfield. He will graduate from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., and checks in at 6-1, 160 pounds.
"Kyle should make an immediate impact to our 2009 team," noted Carlin. "His ability to consistently serve a very dangerous long ball from the flank makes him quite an attacking threat. His size, athleticism and defensive toughness are also components that will be useful for him as he figures out the outside back position. I coached Kyle at the ODP and Academy level and his inner drive to continually improve will help him as he prepares to make the transaction from club to college."
The rest of Villanova's 2009 class is expected to be announced in April.