Four Set To Join Furman Men's Soccer For 2012 Season
Greenville, S.C. -- The Furman men's soccer team will add four players, including two transfers, to its roster for the 2012 season, it was announced on Thursday by Paladin head coach Doug Allison.
The class includes freshman forward Chris Duggan of Galsgow, Scotland, North Carolina State transfer defender John Lung'aho, Wake Forest transfer goalkeeper Doug Ryan and South Mecklenburg High School standout Bennett Yort.
"We return a lot of players from last year, but we wanted to add some depth and quality with this class," said Allison, who led Furman to a 14-4-4 record and NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. "This group provides us with some excellent quality and experience for next year."
Duggan, Lung'aho and Ryan all enrolled at Furman in January while Yort will join the Paladins this coming fall. Ryan, a 6-foot-8 product of Statesville, N.C., has one season of eligibility remaining after helping Wake Forest to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Lung'aho, a native of Little Rock, Ark., netted three goals as a freshman for the Wolfpack in 2010.
Furman is set to return 10 of its 11 starters in 2012, but the Paladins will have to replace All-Southern Conference goalkeeper Alec Kann who started all 22 matches during the 2011 campaign.
Signee Pos. Ht. Hometown Previous School Club Team
Chris Duggan F 5-11 Glasgow, Scotland St. Ninians HS Queens Park Youth
Doug Ryan GK 6-8 Statesville, N.C. Wake Forest Charlotte Soccer Academy
John Lung'aho D 5-9 Little Rock, Ark. N.C. State Westside FA
Bennett Yort MF 6-4 Charlotte, N.C. South Mecklenberg HS Charlotte Soccer Academy
Enrolled in January after graduating from St. Ninians High School where he played for coach David McKean... Ranked as his team's top goal scorer in each of the last three seasons, including scoring 32 goals and earning team MVP honors as a senior... Scored 28 goals as a junior and 21 as a sophomore... Earned freshman of the year honors in 2008 and was selected for the youth national team.
Little Rock, Ark.
Sophomore transfer from North Carolina State University... Played in 12 matches, earning starts in the final nine, during the 2010 season... Led all Wolfpack freshmen with three goals and seven points... Recorded a goal and an assist in an ACC Tournament victory versus Virginia Tech... Netted the game-winning goal against Navy and also scored versus Clemson... Named 2009 Gatorade Arkansas Player of the Year as a senior at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School... Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior while being named to the Arkansas High School Soccer All-Star Team as a senior... Scored 51 goals during his prep career... Selected to the USYSA Region III ODP from 2008-10... Netted 11 goals during 2008 USYSA Region III Premier League competition.
Senior transfer from Wake Forest University... Saw action versus South Florida and Virginia as a redshirt-junior allowing one goal... As a freshman, picked up the victory versus William & Mary in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with one save in 31 minutes... A member of Wake Forest's 2008 and 2009 teams which claimed ACC regular season titles and reached the NCAA College Cup Final Four... Played high school soccer at Statesville Senior High School... A four-time academic honor roll selection... Played club soccer for Charlotte Soccer Academy.
Projected graduate of South Mecklenburg High School where he plays soccer for coach James Lynch... Rated No. 94 nationally and No. 12 in the South Atlantic Region in 2012 class by Top Drawer Soccer... Named to College Soccer News' 2012 Top 150... Garnered 2011 NCHSAA 4A All-State honors and was named to the Charlotte Observer All-Observer First Team... Was an All-Southwestern Conference and all-region selection in 2010 and 2011... Led South Meck to back-to-back NCHSAA 4A playoff appearances while helping his squad post a 17-5-1 record as a senior and 20-3-3 mark as a junior... Tallied 28 goals and 17 assists as a senior after netting 17 goals and seven assists the previous season... Started his prep career at Augusta (Ga.) Prep where he scored nine goals in 10 matches as a sophomore to earn Augusta Chronicle All-Area Second Team honors... Plays club soccer for Charlotte Soccer Academy's United States Soccer Development Academy Team... Was a part of the U.S. U-14 and U-15 National and Region III teams.