Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Presser on McNulty signing for Valpo

from ValpoAthletics.Com --

Crusader Men’s Soccer Adds Five for 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Looking to build on a historic 2011 season that saw Valparaiso claim the Horizon League regular season championship, head men’s soccer coach Mike Avery announced today a group of three incoming freshmen and two transfers who will continue their soccer careers in a Crusader jersey. The five newest additions are Jordan Aidoud (L’Isled’Abeau, France/Centre D’Etudes Franco Americain de Management), Alvaro Betancourt (Caguas, Puerto Rico/Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola), Yannick Iwunze (Paris, France/Hightower [Texas] H.S. [Barton County C.C./West Virginia), Patrick McNulty (Waukesha, Wis./Catholic Memorial) and Michael Walsh (Wilmington, N.C./Laney).

“We are very excited to welcome this talented group of young men to the Valpo soccer family,” said Avery. “Collectively, the class represents the same recruiting strategy we have followed over the past few years where we have blended some transfers, some international experience, and some high school seniors together to form a group that can give us some help immediately, and that can help us by providing depth for the future."

“These five have some big shoes to fill in replacing the group of seniors that led us to a solid fall season,” Avery continued. “But my guess is that we will see this group have a big impact on our team as we keep pushing toward even higher heights. We will be adding some additional names to the recruiting class in the next few weeks, but, as a starting point, I couldn’t have hoped for a better class. I thank my current players and my coaching staff for the work they did to bring this group into the fold.”

Patrick McNulty

McNulty has been a four year varsity player for Catholic Memorial H.S., where he has been a crucial part of the program’s success. In McNulty’s four years, Catholic Memorial has appeared in the State Championship every year and has taken home the trophy on one occasion. Named team captain in his junior and senior year, McNulty was honored as First Team All-Conference Classic 8 his final two years and First Team All-State this past fall. In his club involvement with SC Waukesha, his leadership and maturity have earned him the title of team captain for the last four years. With Waukesha, he won the 2011 Midwest Regional League 1st Division Championship.

McNulty first visited Valpo while attending the 2011 VIP Camp and enjoyed the family atmosphere of the team and staff which he saw at that event. “When I met Coach Avery and learned about his program, coaching staff, and the family that he’s created at Valparaiso, I knew this was the place for me,” McNulty recollects. “The coaching staff is committed to improving the whole player, on and off the field, and the team chemistry between players is something I want to be a part of. I’m grateful for the opportunity that I have been given and I look forward to being coached by this staff, which will help me continue my growth as a soccer player and as a person.”

“Patrick is a player we have grown very close to over the recruiting process, and I am so excited that he will finally be joining us,” said Avery. “He is one of those players that makes the game look easy because he is so simple in his decisions on the ball and clean with his technique. Additionally, he has a great engine and covers a lot of ground over the course of a game. He has a very positive personality, one that fits perfectly with how we try to view the opportunity we have here at Valparaiso, and I am certain he will be a leader among our freshmen class.”

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