Men's Soccer Signs Clark, Hay, Krovel and Garcia|
Feb. 5, 2014
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati men's soccer coach Hylton Dayes and his staff have signed four student-athletes to national letters of intent. Cincinnati natives Christian Hay and Jack Clark will be joined by transfer Alejandro Garcia and Norwegian Vebjorn Krovel.
"We are very excited to announce the signing of these four outstanding student-athletes," Dayes said. "The coaching staff worked really hard to recruit these young men and I want to give Jeremy Bonomo and Dan McNally credit for their work in recruiting these student-athletes. They are all important additions to our program and will fill many of our immediate needs. They are also good students with great character and fit the profile of a UC student-athlete."
Prior to UC: Product of Mason High School ... earned NSCAA All-America honors and helped Mason to a state championship in 2013 ... reached the state semifinals in 2012 before 2013 saw Comets state title and ascending to the top of the NSCAA's national high school rankings after going 22-0-1 ... won Ohio's Mr. Soccer award in 2013 and is a three-time All-Ohio selection ... leaves Mason as the school's record holder in career goals (73), goals in a season (31), goals in a game (four) and career assists (24) ... in his three years as a letterwinner, Mason posted a record of 54-7-4 ... played club for the Cincinnati United Premier Gold team alongside classmate Christian hay, winning state championships from 2008-13 and finishing as the U.S. Youth Soccer national runner-up in 2013 ... Rated a four-star recruit (out of five) on TopDrawerSoccer.
Personal: Born October 7, 1995, in Cincinnati ... son of Kevin and Susan Clark ... has one brother, Tom, and one sister, Darby.
Dayes on Clark: "Jack is one of the top attacking players in Ohio and was someone we targeted early in the process. He is a very quick and technical player with the ability to beat players 1v1 and either serve quality crosses or create scoring opportunities for himself. He has had tremendous success at the club and high school levels and brings a winning mentality to our program."
Prior to UC: Product of Cincinnati's Summit Country Day School ... helped the Silver Knights to state championships each of the past two seasons ... named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, while also taking home Ohio player of the year honors ... made 86 career starts for Summit ... was a teammate of classmate Jack Clark on the Cincinnati United Premier Gold team ... won a pair of state championships the past two years with CUP-Gold while winning a U.S. Youth Soccer regional title and finishing as the national runner-up in 2013.
Personal: Born November 2, 1995, in Cincinnati ... son of Eric and Eileen Hay ... has one brother, Ethan.
Dayes on Hay: "Christian is a very versatile player who we see primarily playing in midfield. He is very athletic and is very good at winning balls and starting the attack from the holding midfield position. He is well suited to the college game and we expect him to make an immediate impact. He was also one of the top players in Ohio and has shown outstanding leadership qualities with his high school and club teams."
Prior to UC: Product of Aalesund Videregaaende Skole in Aalesund, Norway ... played for Aalesund FK, one of the top academy teams in Norway, before playing for Skarbovik IF in the second division of Norwegian soccer this past season ... with Aalesund, helped both the under-16 and under-19 teams to league championships ... served as team captain and earned most improved player honors on the U-19 squad.
Personal: Born April 21, 1994, in Aalesund, Norway ... son of Steinar Krovel and Nina Johansen ... father, Steinar, played soccer on the second-highest level in Norway ... has two sisters, Kaja and Lisa.
Dayes on Krovel: "Vebjorn is a top class central defender. He has all the attributes we were looking for in a central defender: excellent speed and athleticism, good size, ability to win balls in the air, good 1v1 defending skills and is also a very good passer. He is currently playing at a high level in Norway and should have no problem in transitioning to the college game."
Prior to UC: Played the previous two seasons at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. ... named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2013 after netting 18 goals, including six game-winning goals, while adding seven assists for a total of 43 points ... helped Cavaliers go undefeated in the regular season his freshman year at Darton ... Darton spent most of 2012 ranked first in the nation ... played club soccer for the Plantation Eagles FC ... played at Taravella High School in Coral Springs.
Personal: Born March 30, 1994, in Bakersfield, Calif. ... Son of Jesse Garcia and Esther Marquez ... Has one brother, Abraham, and a sister, Cinthia ... Will leave Darton with an associate degree.
Dayes on Garcia: "We are really pleased to have Alejandro join our program. He is great fit for us especially with Alan (Rovira's) success as a junior college transfer last year. Alejandro is an exciting player with very good 1v1 attacking skills. He will be one of our most creative players and is also a proven goal scorer. We feel he will be most effective in a wide role where he has space to run at defenders, 1v1 and open up seams for other players to exploit."
Dayes is especially excited to have Clark and Hay stay in Cincinnati to don the red and black.
"It is a win-win for us to recruit top local players," Dayes said. "They are attracted to the high quality education, world class facilities, student life and the opportunity to play at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. This is a wonderful opportunity for local players who want to stay close to home but still have a rewarding college experience."
As for the full class, Dayes emphasized the work the entire staff does in assembling each year's signing class.
"Our recruiting is a team effort," Dayes explained. "We all share in the recruiting process, including identifying the right players, getting them to visit campus and then closing the deal. Jeremy and Dan deserve a lot of credit in terms of doing their share of the work involved in recruiting"
Dayes, who will be entering his 14th season at the helm of the UC program this fall, also noted that their work is still not quite done on the 2014 roster.
"We are still looking to add a few more players to the 2014 recruiting class and we should be finished before the end of the spring," he said.
The Bearcats are set to open their spring 2014 exhibition schedule on Saturday, March 8, when they host Dayton at the Sheakley Athletics Center. That will be the first of five matches before the spring slate concludes with the annual alumni match on Sunday, April 13, at Gettler Stadium. The team will also host its annual golf outing on Saturday, April 12. For more information on the alumni match or the golf outing, contact assistant coach Jeremy Bonomo at firstname.lastname@example.org.