Green Announces Incoming Class For 2009

Green Announces Incoming Class For 2009
Central Connecticut men's soccer head coach Shaun Green announced his recruiting class for the upcoming 2009 season on Monday. In his 25th season at the helm of the Blue Devils, Green welcomes 14 newcomers to camp this August. Highlighted by Xavier Forsberg, Taylor Morgan, Jesse Menzies, Joel Diamand, Anthony Occhialini, Nick Wills and Joe Laryea, this group of student-athletes will attempt to bring CCSU men's soccer back to the Northeast Conference Tournament for the first time since the team's NEC Championship in 2007.

Forsberg is a 6'3" central defender that will bring a lot of talent and experience to the Blue Devil squad. The Green Point, Australia native has represented teams at both the regional and national levels. In 2006 Forsberg was selected for, toured with, and named captain of the Australian Schoolboy team. Most recently, he played with Sydney Olympic FC, which is one of the top amateur teams in New South Wales, Australia. "Xavier is a powerful and talented defender who I expect to make an immediate impact on our program," said Green. "I believe he can bring maturity and leadership to the defense this season."

Morgan comes to New Britain via Southampton, England. The 6'5" goal scorer has been playing striker for the England National Schoolboy team and scored the winning goal versus Scotland in front of a crowd of over 20,000 at Wembley Stadium. "We are thrilled that Taylor has chosen CCSU as his home for the next four years," Green said. "He has great pace and good skill for a big target player."

Menzies is a Connecticut product, hailing from Prospect, CT. The 5'10" dynamo captained Woodland Regional High during his junior and senior campaigns. During his career there, Menzies accumulated 49 goals and 33 assists. In 2008 he was named All-Naugatuck Valley League and received All-State and All-New England honors. The midfielder was named MVP at this year's Connecticut Senior Bowl. "Jesse is extremely composed on the ball and has great vision for a midfield player," said Green. "He's coming to CCSU to make an immediate impact on this team and I expect him to do so."

Diamand started four years at King Philip Regional in Wrentham, MA and was named the Massachusetts Senior Bowl MVP this season. The striker also played with the Cape Cod Crusaders and received all-tournament team honors at the Super Y Nationals. "Joel impressed the coaching staff from the first day we saw him play," Green said. "He is very skillful and powerful on the ball and Joel will make an immediate impact on the forward position this fall."

Occhialini played goalkeeper at Montville high, where he was a three-time Eastern Connecticut All-Conference honoree. In 2008 the goalie received both All-New England and NSCAA High School All-American accolades. "Anthony is a great shot stopper and will benefit greatly from full-time goalkeeper coaching from CCSU assistant coach Christian Benjamin," said Green.

Wills comes to CCSU via Fort Worth, TX where he played midfield and forward for Nolan Catholic High. In his senior season Wills was selected first team all-district and second team all-state, while Nolan Catholic was named district champions.

Laryea has transferred over from Dutchess Community College where has proven to be a tremendous defensive force. During his two seasons at DCC Laryea received all-conference and all-region honors, while captaining the squad in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Daniel Galvin, a midfielder from Attleboro, MA, Andrew Hodge, of Rocky Hill, CT, Griffin Fehrs, a captain at Wolcott High in Connecticut, Michael Martinez, a midfielder from Greenwich, CT, and Ben Walsh, a four-year player at Manchester High, will also join the Blue Devils in camp this August.

CCSU will open up the season at the Nike New Hampshire Classic. The Blue Devils will take on Vermont on Friday September 4th before playing the host Wildcats on Saturday September 5th.