July 31, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky men’s soccer head coach Johan Cedergren has released 10 newcomers and the entire 2012 roster, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Cedergren announced three signees earlier in March and has completed the roster with 10 additional newcomers on the 2012, 25-man roster. After Caleb Richardson (Highland Village, Texas), Jacob Searce (Louisville, Ky.) and Jacob Speed (Mansfield, Texas) signed with the Wildcats in March, Cedergren completed the roster with an additional 10 talents.
UK’s newcomers include Dustin Scibilia (Escondido, Calif.), Bryan Celis (Houston, Texas), Lawson Crider (Mayfield, Ky.), Isak Krogstad (Tromsoe, Norway), Adam Pettys (Los Angeles, Calif.), Jason Pitts (Valparaiso, Ind.), Cally Irving (Vancouver, British Columbia), Dary DeWalt (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Krostoffer Tollesfsen (Sandefjord, Norway).
“This is a very strong group of players that will have a huge impact on this program throughout their collegiate careers,” Cedergren said. “They bring a variety of talents to Lexington and we are thrilled to bring them into the UK family. We are all looking forward to getting out on the pitch in August and get ready for the season opener.”
UK also returns several talented players from its 2011 season, including its top three scorers in forward Tyler Riggs (11 goals, five assists), forward Matt Lodge (seven goals, 10 assists) and midfielder Charles Pettys (three goals, seven assists).
The Wildcats will open up the 2012 season on Aug. 26 at Dayton at 5 p.m. ET. UK will open up its home schedule on Sept. 7 with the annual UK Invitational at the UK Soccer Complex, hosting St. Joseph’s and Charlotte.
5-7, 170, MF
Houston, Texas (Mayde Creek)
A native of Houston, Texas, and product of Mayde Creek High School … Coached by Carl Flemming of the Texans FC … Member of US National Team U-17, U-15, and U-14 teams … Helped led the Texans FC to a 12-4-8 record while notching five goals … Rated by TopDrawerSoccer.com as the 75th best soccer player in his class as well as the 10th best in the state and 22nd best at his forward position
Full name is Bryan Celis … Born on Jan. 8, 1994 in Houston, Texas … Son of Luis Fernando Celis and Martha Espana … Has two brothers, Jonathon Gil (25) and Matthew Celis (11) … Member of the Honor Roll his senior year at Mayde Creek High School.
6-1, 180, MF
Mayfield, Ky. (Shattuck-St. Mary’s)
A midfielder from Shattuck-St. Mary’s Academy in Faribault, Minn., where he was under the direction of Steve Cornish … While at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Crider lead the team in assists in 2007-2009 and again in 2011 as well as being selected a ODP Team Captain for the 2008-2010 seasons … While being guided by Robert Moullin for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s US Development Academy he accumulated a 72-13-9 record, scoring 54 goals and handing out 77 assist from 2005-2008 … In 2009, Crider helped lead his club team to a Club Soccer National finalist finish …The 2008 season saw Crider lead his club to a Kentucky State finalist showing … In 2007, Crider’s club team won the National Indoor Championship … Member of the KY State ODP, Regional Pool, and the US Club Soccer National Team … Trained with English clubs during the summer in 2007-2009 … Named MVP at the Kentucky and Indiana soccer camps in 2007.
Full name is Lawson Heath Crider … Born Feb. 23, 1994 in Mayfield, Ky. … Son of Kevin and Sonya Crider … Has one brother, Dallas Remington (12) … Carried a 3.0 GPA through high school including Pre-Med courses at some of the top Prep schools in the country … An every year member of church based outreaches.
6-2, 170, GK
Milwaukee, Wis. (Shattuck-St. Mary’s)
A product of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota, DeWalt is a physically imposing goalie that was under the tutelage of Tim Carter and goalkeeper coach Ryan Brooks … Previously at Greendale High School from 2008-2009, DeWalt was selected to the state team from 2007-2009 and the regional team from 2008-2009 before enrolling at Shattuck, a US National Team Developmental Academy … At Greendale he was named the MVP of the season and with Shattuck was named most improved player for one year … In 2011, started six games for Shattuck as a senior … Was also a goalkeeper for the FC Milwaukee team, earning a three-star rating from TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Full name is Dary Aaron DeWalt … Born on May 20, 1994 in Milwaukee, Wis. … Son of Tim and Cheryl DeWalt … Has two brothers, Tory (21) and Kellen (6) as well as sister Johanna (15) … Highly active member in the community, serving the Feed My Starving Children program as well as working soccer camps at Pius XI High School … Looking to study, Physical Therapy or Athletic training while at Kentucky.
6-0, 165, GK
Vancouver, British Columbia (Winston Churchill/Burnaby Central)
A highly sought after net-minder from the Vancouver, British Columbia, attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary and Burnaby Secondary School … Played for the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps as a prospect from 2007 to 2012 … During the 2012 season he helped the Whitecaps U-18 team to a win/ berth in the USSDA Finals, posting a goals against average of 1.18 and helping the Whitecaps to a 17-3-2 record … For the 2010 season with Vancouver, Irving posted a 2.00 GAA in 270 minutes of action … In the 2009 club season, Irving helped the BC Provincial Team U-16 to a fourth place finish in the Canadian Club National Championships in Quebec, Canada as well as performing for the Whitecaps Residency team … In his six seasons on the Whitecaps, Irving was under the tutelage of Richard Grootscholen … Five time member of the honor roll since eight grade.
Full name is Callum Ernest John Irving … Born March 16, 1993 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada … Son of Robert and Sheila Irving … Father played soccer for the varsity squad at Simon Fraser University … Has one brother, Geordie Irving (20) and two sisters, Liz Irving (25) and Ceilidh Irving (22) … Intends to major in History.
5-8, 162, F
Tromsoe, Norway (Norwegian College of Elite Sport)
A versatile player in high school at Norger toppidrettsgymnas (Norwegian College of Elite Sport) … scoring 23 goals and dishing eight assist in only 10 matches for Fløya as a striker … Krogstad was a national champion for the U-19 squad in 2010, winning the Honorary Pride Award (best athlete and student) for the 2011 season. … During the club season’s Krogstad played for TIL 2 (Tromsø Idrettslag) for coach Rune Martinussen og Thomas Hafsad from 2006-2011, when with the club as a left and right back in 2011 he scored four goals and handing out five assists while playing in 16 matches … The 2010 campaign saw Krogstad help lead TIL 2 to a fifth-place finish in the second division in Norway as well as getting the quarterfinals of the Junior Elite tournament.
Full name is Isak Furu Krogstad … Born Feb. 10, 1992 in Tromsø (Tromsoe), Norway … Son of Per Krogstad and Rigmor Furu … Has one brother, Torbjørn Krogstad (22) … Looks to major in pre-med at Kentucky.
6-0, 180, D/MF
Newcastle, Australia (Warner Bays/UC Santa Barbara)
Spent the fall of the 2012 season as a freshman with UC Santa Barbara under coach Tim Vom Steeg.
Australian born midfielder from Newcastle, New South Wales, played for Wayne O’Sullivan at Warners Bay High School … Played club soccer for Peter McGuiness at NSW Institute of Sport … During his time with NSW Institute of Sport and Warners Bay, Murphy was selected to the Northern NSW Australia and Newcastle Jets for National Youth team … In both 2008 and 2010 attended the Australian national championships while with Northern NSW … Also played Cricket from freshman to senior year … 2011 Merit Award (Excellence in Legal Studies) and Bronze Award (Consistent Academic Achievement).
Full name is Dylan Leslie Kevin Murphy … Born July 29, 1993 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia … Son of Stephen and Philippa Murphy … Has a brother Nil, and a sister Dominique (15) … Participated in assisting in the after school homework hub’ program at Warners Bay High School for at risk children.
5-10, 145, MF
Los Angeles, Calif. (Providence)
Attended Providence High School in Burbank, Calif. … Played club soccer for Blane Sheppard and San Gabriel Valley from 2008-2010 as well as 2011-2012 … Was a star on the track and field team for his sophomore year of high school being named Track and Field Runner of the Year while posting a 4:44 mile time … Member of the Super Y National Pool in 2006.
Full name is Adam Jeffrey Cusi Pettys … Born on Oct. 21, 1993 in Columbus, Ohio … Son of Jeffrey and Pilar Pettys … Has one brother, Charlie (22) who is currently a senior on the Kentucky soccer team.
5-8, 160, MF/F
Valparaiso, Ind. (South Oldham)
Attended South Oldham High School, while playing under coach Kenny Burke for four varsity years … Helped lead South Oldham to 10-9 record, while finding the back of the net a total of eight times, and assisting one time his senior year while making First-team All-State … His junior campaign saw him help South Oldham to a state ranking of No. 1 and top 50 in the country while scoring seven times and handing out nine assists on tune to a record of 15-5-1 … His sophomore season South Oldham won District 16 and Region 8 as well as sub-sectional champs to make it to the State Elite Eight when they ended with a 16-5-2 record, during which, Pitts scored six goals and dished out four assists achieving All-Region 8 Team honors and garnering his second South Oldham Invitational All-Tournament Team honors … The 2008 freshman campaign saw Pitts reach the South Oldham Invitational All-Tournament Team while scoring two goals and tallying one assist on the year, helping South Oldham to a 14-4-0 record ... During the club season, Pitts stared for Indiana United Fire Academy from 2011-2012 and Mockingbird SC from 2004-2007 … Won the State Championship for club soccer in 2004-2007 and again in 2010 … The 2011-2012 season of club soccer saw the team go 9-12-5 with a stat line of four goals and two assists.
Full name is Jason Philip Pitts … Born June 5, 1993 in Valparaiso, Ind. … Son of Stephen and Cheri Pitts … Has two brothers, Ryan (21) and Jordan (14) as well as a sister, Stephanie (12) … Uncle Todd Van Keppel played football at Northern Illinois University … Aided in the food pantry program … Looks to major in Pre-Med.
5-4, 145, F
Highland Village, Texas (Marcus High School)
Played for John Gall at Marcus High School in Texas, earning three varsity letters … During the club season, Richardson was under the guidance of David Hudgel as a member of the Dallas Texans Academy club team for the past seven seasons, the same club team as fellow UK signee Jacob Speed … During his freshman year at Marcus, Richardson connected on eight goals while dishing out six assists to help Marcus High to a 22-2 record, while being named second team all-district … The same year in club soccer, Richardson notched 11 goals also tallying 10 assists … The sophomore campaign ended for Marcus High with Richardson finding the back of the net 12 times and adding six assists with the team recording a 20-3 mark … Earned his second consecutive second team all-district nod in 2010 … For the club squad, Richardson scored five goals while yielding eight assists … Junior year concluded with a 21-2 record, with Richardson accumulating 14 goals and eight assists, earning him first team all-district … Club soccer for Richardson, saw his team go flawless during the season at 15-0 while he scored six goals and seven assists, placing third at nationals.
Born Caleb Daven Richardson on Nov. 7, 1993 to Hillary and Noel Richardson in Carrollton, Texas … Three siblings, brother Hillary II (30) and sisters Carissa (31) and Adrian (24) … Brother Hillary played soccer at Division II … Choose Kentucky over Cal State-Bakersfield … Active in the community by providing skills training classes to recreation teams in Texas … Plans on being a business management major.
5-11, 165, MF
Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
A Kentucky native, Scearce was a three-year letterman for Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., under the tutelage of coach Rob Zoeller… Outside of school, Scearce played for coach Jason Bell of the Javanon 94 club team … In the two years prior to high school, he aided Jovanon to the club state title in 2003, 2004, and 2006 while also playing in the state title match in 2005 and 2007 … During his freshman year at Ballard, Scearce scored 16 goals to go along with nine assists helping Ballard to a 14-5 record … The same year for his club team Jovanon, he helped them claim the state club title again in 2008 as well as getting Jovanon to the state semi-final … At Ballard, he scored 39 goals and connected on eight assists while also reaching third with the longest streak of goals in consecutive games with 16, the team finished 20-3 reaching the region finals … That same year, Scearce was named runner-up for Kentucky Mr. Soccer as well as runner-up for Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and added NSCAA Regional All American to his accolades… During club soccer season, Jovanon once again one the state title for 2010 … For his senior season, Scearce scored 27 goals and added 17 assists while leading Ballard to a 14-7-3 record and the region finals for the second consecutive year … During the senior campaign he was named a Kentucky Mr. Soccer nominee and gathering another NSCAA Regional All-American award … At the end of the club soccer season, Scearce helped Jovanon win a second consecutive state title, his sixth overall, and finished second in the National League and reached the Region II semi-finals
Born August 26, 1993 as William Jacob Scearce to Bill and Jill Scearce … Has two siblings, Sister Holly (20) and Brother Scotty (16) … Mother Jill played volleyball for the University of Alabama-Birmingham … Three time Academic All State (2008, 2010 and 2011) ... Member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society and earned the prestigious University of Kentucky Book Award in 2011 … Active community service leader with two mission trips, one to Merida, Mexico, in 2009 for 10 days and another in 2011 to Tarma, Peru, for 10 days … Involved with Endeavor Ministries helping teach children in Somali about soccer.
6-3, 175, MF
Escondido, Calif. (San Pasqual)
Spent his freshman season at San Diego State in San Diego, Calif., as a midfielder.
Was considered a top player out of California by ESPN Rise … A product of San Pasqual High School in Escondido, Calif., for coach John Burson … Helped to lead the San Pasqual Eagles to the CIF Championship, state final and league championship all four years … In the 2010 season was named to the First-Team All-CIF as well as First-Team All-League member, finding the back of the net four times and assisting on 10 goals for the Eagles … During the club season he played for FC San Diego where he was under the guidance of Brian Quinn … A four time champion with FC San Diego and a 2008 Surf Cup title … Two-time member of the varsity football team as well as ran track at San Pasqual High School.
Full name is Dustin Thomas Scibilia … Born October 26, 1992 in San Diego, California … Son of Gene and Alisa Scibilia … Has two brothers, Travis (22) and Wayde (16) … Cousin of current Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Tyler Hansen … Was a volunteer camp counselor for the youth outreach ministry Younglife as well as volunteering at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum ... Was a youth soccer coach for the Boys and Girls Club soccer league.
6-3, 165, D/MF
Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield)
Earned three letters for coach John Frazekas at Mansfield High School … Played with the club team Dallas Texans and coach David Hudgell from 2008-12, joining UK signee Caleb Richardson on the Texans … Was on the NTX ODP State team (92 boys) and the NTX ODP State team (93 boys) … With club team in 2011, led the team to an undefeated season, a USSDA Regional Championship and a third-place USSDA National Finalists … Led high school to the bi-district championship as a freshman and sophomore … In 2009, Mansfield finished as a regional quarter finalist and in 2010 was a regional semi finalists … Was a first-team all-district honoree in 2010 and honorable mention all-district as a freshman … Was named the Mansfield High School Utility Player of the Year in 2009 as a freshman … Was named the Man of the Match at the USSDA Finals in 2011 … Was the team captain of the Dallas Texas U-18 academy in 2011 … Was named to the all-district academic team in 2010.
Full name is Jacob Aaron Speed … Son of Ricky and Jeriann Speed … Born Sept. 9, 1993 in Fort Worth, Texas … Has a younger brother, Jordan (16) … Interested in pursuing a major in kinesiology … Was active in the community through his involvement in the Walnut Ridge Baptist Church youth group in Mansfield … Father Ricky played basketball at Southwestern Oklahoma State University … Cousin, Richard Reed played football for Oklahoma and professional with the Denver Broncos.
6-0, 165, MF
Sandefjord, Norway (Sandefjord Videregående)
Tollefsen is the second Norwegian born player to join the Kentucky soccer family … A midfielder by trade, Tollefsen played for Ronny Holmedal at Sandefjord Videregående Skole … Starred for the Sandefjord Fotball club team, which was coached by Holmedal … A member of the Fram Larvik club team as well, which is coached by Tom Helge Jacobsen … In 2011, was named man of the match vs. Skarp … During the 2010 season of club play, helped lead his club team to a Regional championship.
Full name is Kristoffer Tollefsen … Born Sept. 20, 1992 in Toensberg, Norway … Son of Sjur Tollefsen and Aud Omtvedt … Father played professional handball and was a member of the Norway national handball team … Has one sister, Maren Tollefsen (15) … Looks to major in Marketing and Business.