IU soccer signs six in ’18 class #iums

Indiana University men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced a six-man recruiting class on Wednesday that ranks among the top-10 nationally.

The Hoosiers received signed letters of intent on Wednesday from defenders Jack Maher, Daniel Munie and Isaac Sarosy, goalkeeper Bryant Pratt, forward Ryan Wittenbrink and midfielder Ben Yeagley, Todd’s son.

“We are excited to bring a great group of young men to IU,” Todd Yeagley said. “They all possess the character and winning qualities that are important to our soccer program. This class helped fill important positional needs heading into our 2018 season. We feel these six young men will play an important role in the near future as we prepare to graduate a large number of starters after the 2018 fall season.”

The class, ranked No. 8 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, joins a large and talented group of returning players for the 2017 College Cup runner-up.

Headlining the class is Maher, a 6-foot-2 defender with national team experience who most recently was named to the U20 squad for the United States Youth National Team Summit in January alongside current Hoosiers Trey Muse, Griffin Dorsey and Justin Rennicks.

Maher is from Caseyville, Ill., and played with Scott Gallagher Academy, as well as spending time with St. Louis FC of the USL as an amateur.

“There’s no doubt we have a few very good defenders in this class, highlighted by Jack Maher, who is as ready as I’ve seen as an incomer to take some big shoes and fill those,” Yeagley said, referencing the departure of All-American center back Grant Lillard.

Munie is another defender out of the Scott Gallagher Academy, a late-bloomer out of Maryland Heights, Mo., while Sarosy, a Fair Oaks native, is the latest Indiana Fire Development Academy product to join the Hoosiers.

Pratt, out of Columbus, Ohio, was the U.S. Youth Soccer National Tournament’s Golden Glove winner last year and adds another talented goalkeeper to the IU roster.

Wittenbrink, a Libertyville, Ill., product, was a High School All-American and MVP of the All-American Game with two goals. He played in that game with future teammate Yeagley, who rewrote the record book for scoring during his four-year career at Bloomington South.

“Ben and Ryan are versatile players,” Todd Yeagley said. “We think Ben could play multiple spots more centrally as he continues to get stronger and bigger with more experience in the years ahead, and Ryan similar, just one line higher. We think he could play any of the front four (positions).”

Berbary signs five
IU women’s soccer coach Amy Berbary also announced her 2018 signing class on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to welcome these student-athletes to our program,” Berbary said. “This class is a hard-working and skilled group who each brings something different to the table. In addition to their commitment to on-field performance, all five will represent Indiana well in the classroom and in the community.”

The class is comprised of defender Madeline Carlson (South Lyon, Mich.), midfielder Sarah Wampler (Cincinnati), midfielder Maddie Essick (Fishers), midfielder/defender Natalie Lunt (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and goalkeeper Caitlin Arbuckle (North Vancouver, B.C., Canada).