Men's Soccer Inks Eight Recruits
FULLERTON, Calif.-- Cal State Fullerton head men's soccer coach Bob Ammann announced Tuesday that forward David Beary (San Diego, CA./La Jolla HS), defender Zach Bryan (Murrieta, CA./Murrieta HS), forward Marc Fenelus (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos/Western Texas College), defender Myles Lark (Fresno, CA./Monte Vista HS), midfielder Garrett Losee (South Jordan, UT./BYU), midfielder Steven Ortiz (Torrance, CA./South HS), forward Amara Soumah (Denver, CO./Illinois Central College), and midfielder Dean Wright (Chatsworth, CA./Chatsworth HS) have signed written offers to continue their soccer careers with the Titans.
"We are very excited to welcome the 2013 recruiting class to the Titan Soccer family," said coach Ammann. "We feel we really addressed our needs with this class. We haven't just added quality players, but we have added experience, maturity and winning mentalities as well. I really feel these young men will not only excel on the soccer field, but will make an impact in the classroom and in our community. I also have to publicly give credit to my assistant Adam Reeves for his diligent and tireless work in the recruitment of these players."
David Beary – F – San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla HS)
Beary was a three-year letter winner for La Jolla High School, before forgoing his senior year in high school to compete solely for San Diego Surf's U-18 Academy team. He was the second leading-scorer for the Surf as a junior, and currently leads the team in scoring this season. Beary is ranked in the top 30 by Top Drawer Soccer's regional rankings.
From coach Ammann: "David will improve our talent pool up top. He is a fast and explosive player. He just has great soccer physique. He has all the tools to be a very successful college player. We are extremely excited to add another top player from the Surf Soccer Club."
Marc Fenelus – F – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (Western Texas College)
Fenelus comes to Cal State Fullerton from Western Texas College where he was a two-time NJCAA All-American in both 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Fenelus scored 25 goals and notched 14 assists in 20 games, while contributing 15 goals and four assists in 16 games this past season. He helped lead WTC to its first ever National Junior College National Championship appearance.
Fenelus has also represented Turks and Caicos on a number of national levels, most recently competing in a 2014 World Cup Qualifier with the full national team in July of 2011.
From coach Ammann: "Marc is an exciting player who we really think can make an immediate impact. He has all the tools to create problems for opponents and will be a challenge for anyone to play against due to his pace, athleticism, and overall soccer skills."
Myles Lark – D – Fresno, Calif. (Monte Vista HS)
Lark comes to Fullerton after most recently competing with the MLS' San Jose Earthquakes U-18 Academy Team. The speedy defender previously represented Fresno-based Cal Odyssey's USSF Academy before his stint with the Earthquakes.
From coach Ammann: "Myles has all the tools to be a successful college player. He has the desire and attitude we look for in our players. He will definitely improve our depth in the back. We look forward to Myles having a great career in a Titan uniform."
Garrett Losee – M – South Jordan, UT. (Brigham Young University)
Before playing soccer at Brigham Young, Garrett was a three-year all-state selection at Alta High School, while helping to lead the school to a state championship. Most recently Garrett has competed for BYU's PDL team where he amassed the most points (goals/assists) in the 2012 season. The versatile Losee can play either in midfield or up top.
From coach Ammann: "Garrett is an excellent addition to our program. He loves to attack and go at people. He's comfortable on the ball and is versatile to where he can play out wide, centrally or up top. He is as comfortable setting up goals as scoring them. He will bring experience, maturity and leadership, which will benefit the team."
Steven Ortiz – M – Torrance, Calif. (South HS)
The left-sided Ortiz currently plays for the Pateadores U-18 Academy team, an Academy that has produced many top level players. He has previously played for Chivas USA's Academy team, as well as West Coast FC. In 2009 and 2010 Steve helped lead West Coast FC to two Dallas Cup finals appearances and a Region IV Championship in 2008.
From coach Ammann: "Stevie is a big boy with a nice left foot. He is technically proficient and very comfortable in possession and transitions as well. He will certainly challenge for playing time. He is good at running at defenders one-on-one and has very good service. He can also play at left back which is an added attribute."
Amara Soumah – F – Denver, Colo. (Illinois Central College)
The 2012 NSCAA and NJCAA First Team All-American heads to Fullerton coming off an outstanding sophomore season at Illinois Central College. During his sophomore year, Soumah collected 21 goals in 17 games, which ranked sixth nationally. He also tallied 10 assists, totaling 52 points (goals/assists) tying him for eighth nationally. The dynamic forward should be able to fill the void vacated by the departing graduating trio of forwards
From coach Ammann: "I am really excited with Amara's addition. With no disrespect to any of our recent players, we haven't had a striker of Amara's abilities for quite some time. He will make an immediate impact on our team and contribute individually while making everyone around him better. He is a goal scorer with a goal scorer's mentality. He is a winner and possesses the competitiveness I love."
Dean Wright – M – Chatsworth, Calif. (Chatsworth HS)
Wright was a standout midfielder/forward for Chatsworth High School before committing to play with Real So Cal's Academy team the past two years. The two-year letter winner led Chatsworth in scoring in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He's also ranked in the top 30 of Top Drawer Soccer's regional rankings. The speedy winger has played a part of the State and Regional ODP pools and also had the opportunity to play in the prestigious Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
From coach Ammann: "I am really excited to have Dean join our squad. He has been continuingly improving while playing at the highest youth level (USSF Academy) and I expect this to continue in college. He is a competitor and a relentless worker."
Zach Bryan – D - (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta HS)
Bryan is currently a defender for Arsenal F.C. USSDA. He played for the Southwest Soccer Club in Temecula, California until the organization merged with Arsenal F.C. Zach joined the academy team at the end of his junior year in high school and became a full-time player starting in his U17-U18 season.
He currently attends Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta, California where he was a three-year starter and captain for the Rams until he made the decision to become a full-time academy player. He received Murrieta Mesa's "PRIDE" award along with being recognized as the team's Most Valuable Player. Bryan was later selected as a member of the Southwestern League's First Team All-Conference squad, along with receiving the honor of being a part of the Southwestern League First Team All-Academic squad.
From coach Ammann: "Zach is a big boy with a physique any defender would cherish. He is still growing in the game and I anticipatehim developing into a very good defender. He has a very big upside. Training daily with us should increase the learning curve and maximize his potential."