Men's Soccer Announces 2014 Commitments
Feb. 7, 2014
Duquesne University men's soccer coach Chase Brooks announced today three newcomers for 2014. Joining the Dukes this fall will be Saul Kaye (Newmarket, Ontario/Sacred Heart), George Poppas (Carmel, IN/St. Theodore Guerin) and Charlie Sockol (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson).
"We are happy to announce the addition of three players to join the Duquesne family in August," said Brooks. "Not only do the three players fill needs in our team on the field, they also help us off the field as they are strong academically and have great character. These three join the three guys that enrolled in January to bring our new freshman total to six."
"With the addition of our new freshman, and the continued growth of the guys already in the program, we are really looking forward to preseason and seeing the competition for spots."
Kaye played for an AJAX FC 96 Boys Red team that was OYSL East champions, Ontario Cup semifinalists and Quebec-Ontario finalists. In 2013, he was the second highest goal scorer in the OYSL East division. In addition he was his high school's team captain, leading the team to the semifinals of the FSAA Championships.
"Saul is a tremendous athlete with a great goal scoring record", said Brooks. "He is a player that we are expecting big things from during his time as a Duke."
Poppas played for the Cleveland Internationals and Indiana Fire DA teams while also finishing second in the state cup with Dynamo FC. A first team all-district, first team all-state and NSCAA all-region choice, he was also named the Hamilton County player of the year. A two-time team captain he scored 23 goals and added 21 assists in 23 games, breaking the school record for goals in a season. His team was three-time regional champions and state champions in 2013.
"George is a player with a big upside," said Brooks. "He is athletic, technical, and has the versatility to fit in a number of roles. We are looking forward to seeing George compete for time right away."
Sockol's Ambassadors FC team won four state cups from 2009-12. The 2012 team, which lost in the regional finals, was ranked first in the state, second in the region and 11th in the country. He was a two-year captain for his high school team which was conference champions in 2012 and district finalists in 2010 and 2012. A first team all-conference choice, he was also the recipient of the Ray Heiser Award.
"Charlie is a hard-working, athletic goalkeeper," said Brooks. "He has good size and shot stopping ability and we look forward to the competitiveness he will bring to the squad."