February 24, 2011
CSM men’s soccer adds five for 2011
GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado School of Mines men's soccer program has received National Letters of Intent from five athletes to begin playing for the Orediggers in 2011, as announced by CSM Head Coach Frank Kohlenstein. For the complete release, CLICK HERE.
"After a great season we had an interesting recruiting task to find players that complement our returning group of high-level attacking players. For the first time in 30 years I have a squad returning with almost all the goal scorers and goal makers returning but the key to next season's success will fall with the players that we have recruited in this class," said Kohlenstein. "Last years senior class did much of the work that did not get the notice of the fans and the press but was integral to our success."
"This group of incoming freshmen is going to be called upon to fill the void left by the graduates and I believe that these soccer student-athletes have the quality and attitude to help our program have a great 2011 season. This group has a level of commitment and drive necessary to be champions."
Berney, a midfielder from Oklahoma City, Okla., played club soccer with the Oklahoma Football Club. A starter and letterwinner at Bishop McGuinness H.S., Berney has led his team to the playoffs every year since he was a freshman. Berney is also a three-time All-District and two-time All-City selection.
Dinkel, a defender / midfielder from Rose Hill, Kan., helped lead his club team WSO Thunder to the State Championship in 2010. Dinkel led Rose Hill H.S. to runner-up finishes at the State Championships in 2008 and 2010 as well as a third-place finish in 2009. The 2010 1A Defensive Player of the Year, Dinkel is a three –time First Team All-State, All-Region and All-League selection.
French is a defender that hails from Laramie, Wyo. who plays his club soccer with Fort Collins Arsenal. French played soccer for two years at Laramie H.S. For his efforts in the classroom, French earned High Honors and is a member of the Spanish and National Honor Society.
McManus, a defender / midfielder from Greeley, Colo., played his club soccer with the Colorado Rapids Developmental Academy. At Northridge H.S., McManus earned four letters and helped his team to the Sweet Sixteen of the State Championships in 2010. A four-year team captain, McManus earned All-State Honorable Mention honors in his final season and was a two-time All-Conference pick.
Peterson is a defender / midfielder from Colorado Springs, Colo. who played his club soccer with Pride Predators. At Lewis-Palmer H.S., Peterson helped lead his team to three consecutive berths in the State Championships including a trip to the Final Four as a sophomore. As a junior, Peterson earned Second Team All-League honors and in his final season was a First Team All-State selection.
The Orediggers finished the 2010 season ranked ninth in the final NSCAA Division II Top 25 Poll posting an overall record of 17-2-2 and was the top scoring offense in Division II at 3.24 goals per game. Mines made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, third in program history, and won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game against Regis University (5-1). CSM also claimed both the RMAC regular-season and tournament titles.
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