Butler Men's Soccer Adds Two Players
August 8, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
BUTLER SPORTS RELEASE
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler men's soccer coach Paul Snape put the finishing touches on his 2014 roster with the addition of a pair of players. Joining the Bulldogs for the upcoming season are freshmen Nick Forrester of Auckland, New Zealand, and Nolan Schloneger of Indianapolis.
Forrester was a top high school performer at Saint Kentigern College in New Zealand. He helped lead his team to a Secondary Schools National Championship, and he earned a spot on New Zealand's Under-17 National Team and on the Under-20 National Team Extended Squad. The talented defender started three games at the Under-17 World Cup, which was held in the United Arab Emirates.
"Nick is a tough, brave courageous defender who fully committed to helping his team win games and championships," said Snape. "He possesses high level soccer intelligence, knowledge and insight on how the game is played at an elite level. He is ultra-competitive like most Kiwi players are, and he is determined to be successful both on the field and in the classroom. He has been appointed captain on many of his youth teams, which tells us that he is a strong leader with good communication skills. We expect Nick to acclimate to our team's high performance very quickly."
The New Zealand native was attracted to Butler because of the school's strength in athletics and academics.
"I chose Butler because it was a school that could provide me with the perfect combination of top quality soccer and world-class academics," noted Forrester. "I am excited to be part of an up-and-coming men's soccer program at Butler, and I believe we can challenge for BIG EAST and national championships every year."
Schloneger was a varsity starter for two seasons at North Central High School, before spending the past two seasons in the US Soccer Development Academy with the Indiana Fire. He was a teammate of another incoming Butler freshman, Bennett Kim, with the Indiana Fire, and the two helped the team to the Academy Playoffs this past season. Schloneger also won a state championship while playing for Carmel United in 2012. The new Butler recruit earned Academic All-Conference recognition and was selected to the High Honor Roll each semester.
"Nolan came to us late in the recruiting process, but we are delighted that he chose to attend Butler," stated Snape. "He has improved considerably in the last twelve months, and his development does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. He is a mobile, athletic, balanced player with good endurance and stamina. He possesses very good technical skills, good vision, and he can play a variety of positions. Nolan already understands the game at a good level, but with some insightful coaching and guidance from our experienced players, I expect him to develop into a highly effective college soccer player. There is no doubt that Nolan will embrace our team's culture of hard work, sacrifice and commitment."
Butler's strength in academics played a big role in Schloneger's college choice.
"I chose Butler due to its reputation as a strong academic institution and its wide variety of opportunities provided in the classroom," said the Indianapolis native. "I instantly gelled with the coaching staff and players and knew if would be a great fit on the field. I am very excited to be able to compete for a chance to play for what I believe to be one of the best teams in the country."
The Bulldogs, heading into their second season in the BIG EAST, will open their preseason camp on Tuesday, August 12. The team will host exhibition matches against Dayton on August 17 and Indianapolis on August 22, before opening the 2014 season at the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic, hosted by Ohio State on August 29 & 31.