Soccer signs nine

It appears as though first-year Indiana coach Todd Yeagley signed most of the players who had committed to former coach Mike Freitag and his staff.

Most.

Josh Gatt, a highly touted midfielder from Michigan, decided to sign a pro contract with SCR Altach. That decision probably has as much to do with the whole getting paid to play while living in Europe part of it as it does the coaching transition.

But Indiana still has a couple of guys who were high on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s rankings: Harrison Petts (No. 5), Nikita Kotlov (15), Blake Wise (30), Jacob Bushue (69).

I’ll do some more reporting on this in the coming days. For now, here’s IU’s release.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced today that Kerel Bradford (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), Ryan Bristol (Franklin, Tenn./Centennial), Jacob Bushue (Champaign, Ill./Centennial), Nikita Kotlov (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), Dylan Lax (Columbus, Ind./North), Matt McKain (Columbus, Ind./North), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), Taylor Reeves (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Preparatory) and Blake Wise (Frisco, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) have chosen to continue their soccer careers with the Hoosiers.

“This 2010 class is very talented and balanced group, providing an immediate boost to our current squad returning next fall,” Yeagley said. “Our newcomers will add speed, toughness, and playmaking abilities bringing balance and offensive flair to our attack.  Our goalkeeping position will also be strengthened with the addition two promising GK’s in Ryan Bristol and Taylor Reeves.

“With the infusion of this talented group the future is bright for IU Soccer and we look forward to having our 2010 class continue our tradition of excellence.”

Bradford earned honorable mention 5A all-state honors as a junior at Hamilton High School and was a second-team All-Tribune selection. He also earned first team all-region accolades after picking up second team honors as a sophomore. Bradford is currently finishing up his senior season where he is currently his team’s leading goal scorer with 17 and is tops in points with 43. Bradford has captained his club team for five seasons and is an active volunteer in his community.

Bristol was an all-state honoree as a junior, as well as All-Midstate and the District 11AAA Defensive MVP. Playing in goal for the Knoxville Football Club, Bristol led the team to a 16-1-4 record in 2008-09 with a 0.64 goals-against average. The club was the Tennessee state champions that season, as well as the Region III Premiere League Champions. His older brother, Jason, recently complete a four-year career as a defender at West Virginia.

Bushue began his Indiana career in January after graduating early from Centennial High School in Champaign, Ill. The 6-foot midfielder finished his high school career with 41 goals and 27 assists, tallying 24 goals and 12 assists as a senior. He led the Chargers to three regional championships, two sectional championships and one super-sectional championship. Bushue was a two-time Champaign News Gazette All-Area selection and is the 2009 New Gazette Area Player of the Year. He played his club ball with the Chicago Magic, helping lead the squad to the 2006 Super Y National Championship and a third-place finish at the Academy Nationals in 2009.

Kotlov was first-team all-state and second-team All-American his senior year at North Central High School in Indianapolis. In his four-year career he tallied 45 goals and 39 assists, including 20 goals and 14 assists in 2009. This past season he was also named to the all-conference, all-county and all-district first teams, and was named the county player of the year. Kotlov led North Central to the state championship game as a sophomore and Great Midwest Classic championships his junior and senior seasons. Kotlov played his club ball with Carmel Academy.

Lax is a local product out of Columbus where he was a three-time All-Area pick out of Columbus North High School. He was a two-time All-Conference pick for Conference Indiana, finishing his career with 19 goals and 29 assists despite missing the early part of his senior season due to injury. Lax earned second-team All-State honors as a senior, as well as All-District accolades. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back conference titles in 2008 and 2009, becoming the first North men’s soccer team to win a conference title. He also led the team to the state final in 2009, the second time in school history the team has appeared in the championship match. Lax played club soccer with the Bloomington Cutters for three years before moving to Hoosier F.C. as a senior.

McKain joins teammate Lax out of Columbus North where he tallied 18 goals and 11 assists as a senior as the Bulldogs advanced to the state title game. As a senior he earned ISCA first team All-State, all-district and all-conference honors, as well as the Columbus North team MVP trophy. ESPN Rise magazine selected McKain as an honorable mention All-American. McKain played club ball with Javanon, the 2009 Kentucky State Cup champions, Region II champions and national semi-finalists. The team also advanced to the Disney and adidas Blue Chip Showcase finals. The Javanon 92s are ranked nationally in the top six this season.

Petts is the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, Indiana High School Player of the Year, and a two-time Indiana Soccer Coaches Association first team all-state selection out of Zionsville High School. Petts concluded his high school career with 90 goals and 62 assists, leading the Eagles to a state championship in 2009 and a runner-up finish in 2008. He holds school records for career goals, career assists, season goals (41) and season assists (26). The Indianapolis Star Player of the Year, Petts spent time with the U-18 U.S. Men’s National team in 2008-09 and played club soccer with Carmel Academy where he led the team to the 2009 U.S. Soccer Federation Academy National Championship in 2008 and 2009.

Reeves earned all-state honorable mention honors as a junior at Creighton Preparatory and enters his senior season this spring having been named team captain. Reeves helped lead the Junior Jays to a district championship last season. Competing with his club team, NFC Bellator, Reeves won Nebraska State Championships in 2007 and 2008 and Nebraska League Championships in the fall of 2008 and 2009. Reeves was a Nebraska State ODP team member 2005-07 and has been a youth coach at Creighton Prep and NFC Soccer Club Junior Academy.

Wise is a three-year starter at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas, where he has tallied 68 goals and 52 assists, including 28 goals and 19 assists as a senior. Wise has returned to the pitch after missing his junior season with an ACL injury. As a sophomore, he was the District Offensive Player of the Year and a second-team all-state selection, leading his team to the district title and regional playoffs. His freshman year saw him earn second-team all-state accolades and first-team all-district honors. This season he has led the Lions to yet another district title and regional playoff spot. Playing his club ball with the Dallas Texans, Wise helped lead his team to the 2009 U.S. Soccer Academy finals and the U-19 Dallas Cup championships. In 2008 he was part of the U-16 national championship team, as well as the Disney Showcase champion. Wise has gone on five European summer tours, winning the 2008 Helsinki Cup in Finland.

2010 Indiana Men’s Soccer Signees
Name    Position    Hometown    High School    Club
Kerel Bradford    Midfielder    Chandler, Ariz.    Hamilton    Tempe Pros
Ryan Bristol    Goalkeeper    Franklin, Tenn.    Centennial    Knoxville Football Club
Jacob Bushue    Midfielder    Champaign, Ill.    Centennial    Chicago Magic
Nikita Kotlov    Midfielder    Indianapolis, Ind.    North Central    Carmel Academy
Dylan Lax    Midfielder    Columbus, Ind.    North    Bloomington Cutters/Hoosier F.C.
Matt McKain    Midfielder    Columbus, Ind.    North    Javanon
Harrison Petts    Midfielder    Zionsville, Ind.    Zionsville    Carmel Academy
Taylor Reeves    Goalkeeper    Omaha, Neb.    Creighton Preparatory    NFC Bellator
Blake Wise    Midfielder/Forward    Frisco, Texas    Prestonwood Christian    Dallas Texans

BY STATE
Indiana (4)
Nikita Kotlov (Indianapolis)
Dylan Lax (Columbus)
Matt McKain (Columbus)
Harrison Petts (Zionsville)

Arizona (1)
Kerel Bradford (Chandler)

Tennessee (1)
Ryan Bristol (Franklin)

Illinois (1)
Jacob Bushue (Champaign)

Nebraska (1)
Taylor Reeves (Omaha)

Texas (1)
Blake Wise (Frisco)

2 comments

  1. My son is extremely excited to sign with the Indiana University Hoosiers Soccer. Kerel’s family is very supportive of his accomplishmnets.

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