Six Freshmen Join Yale Roster In Fall
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Six freshmen will join the Yale men's soccer team this fall, head coach Brian Tompkins announced. In addition, Antoine Crettex, a sophomore from Bogota, Colombia, has been added to the roster.
"Our goal when recruiting this class was to bring in a group of impact players who could significantly influence the offensive and defensive performance of the team, and I think we have been able to do that. This is a talented and well-rounded group that will help answer some of our positional questions from last season. They bring skill, smarts, competitiveness and athleticism and I look forward to integrating them into the squad. I believe their positive impact will be felt immediately."
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2014 and Crettex:
Nick Alers D 6-0 155 San Jose, Costa Rica Country Day School
Before Yale: Most Valuable Player of the Association of American Schools in Central America as a senior at the Country Day School… Scholar Athlete Award recipient… Helped lead Country Day to Action and AASCA Tournament titles… Member of the U-17 Costa Rican national team… Played in the 2009 FIFA U-17 Youth World Cup in Nigeria… Member of Pachuca Internationals… Played for Region 1 team from 2006-2009…. Participated in the 2008 Adidas ESP Camp and was named to the all-star team.
Personal: Moved to Costa Rica after ninth grade… Participated in various events promoting environmental awareness… Mother played varsity tennis at Trinity University and also professionally.
"I've always been very aware of Yale's stellar academic and athletic reputation. Upon visiting the university, I discovered that Yale was more than that. The people I met at Yale were engaging, interesting and curious. That unique blend made my decision easy."
Jenner Fox M 6-0 175 Palo Alto, Calif. Palo Alto HS
Before Yale: First team all-league selection as a senior at Palo Alto High School… Earned second team all-league recognition as a sophomore before missing most of his junior year with an injury… Team captain as a senior… Palo Alto reached the Central Coast Section championship game in three of his four years, winning once… Helped the team set a school record for wins in a season… Has played club soccer for De Anza Force U-18 and the Santa Clara Sporting U-18… De Anza finished second in the Northwest Division and qualified for the playoffs in North Carolina… Helped Santa Clara win the Cal North CYSA State Cup and the NorCal premier soccer league tournament.
Personal: Spent spring break of his sophomore year building houses for families in Tijuana, Mexico… Started a band in his sophomore year which has performed at music festivals and in several benefit shows.
"When I visited Yale last September I went into the locker room to listen to Coach Tompkins get the team ready for the first game of the season against Quinnipiac. The energy and sense of camaraderie in the room was contagious. I came out itching to suit up and play for Yale right then."
Peter Jacobson F/M 5-10 175 Ann Arbor, Mich. Greenhills HS
Before Yale: Three-time first team all-state selection at Greenhills High School… Team captain… Had the seventh most points in a season in Michigan history as a senior… Greenhills finished third in the state in 2008 and second in 2009… Traveled to Argentina with the Region 2 Olympic Developmental team in summer of 2009… Served as captain of Region 2 ODP team… Member of the Michigan Rush Club team… Played for a Super Club team in England against English Premier clubs.
Personal: Member of National Society of High School Scholars… TOP Soccer volunteer… St. Andrews Breakfast program volunteer.
"I chose Yale because it's the best of both worlds – competitive Division I soccer and excellence in academics. Coach Tompkins really encourages individual growth not only as an athlete but as a citizen, as a person and as a student."
Tucker Kocher D 5-10 155 San Francisco, Calif. University HS
Before Yale: Selected to NSCAA All Far West Region team as a senior at University High School… Two-time first team all-league selection…. Four-year varsity starter… Team captain as a senior… Helped lead University to four straight appearances in the league championship game and one league title… University advanced to section tournament four times during his tenure and made two appearances in the section tournament championship game… Played for Bay Oaks 91 Gold, the runner up in the US Club regional tournament… Played for the CalNorth Olympic Developmental Program, which won a regional ODP tournament and placed second in the ODP national championship.
Personal: Father rowed at Princeton.
"The combination of excellent academics and the opportunity to play for a very competitive soccer program assured me that Yale was a great match for me. In addition, the team and coaching staff made me feel welcome from the start."
Max McKiernan M 5-10 145 Louisville, Ky. Saint Xavier HS
Before Yale: Helped lead Saint Xavier High School to three straight Kentucky state championships… In his senior year team finished with a No. 5 national ranking in the ESPN Fab 50… Named to the all state tournament team… All-district selection… Coaches Award recipient… Team captain as a senior… Played club soccer for Javanon 92, which won five state championships, was the Region II U-16 and U-17 champions in 2008 and 2009.
Personal: Christian Awakening Retreat leader… Service with the National Honor Society.
"I chose Yale because the school provides an opportunity to compete at the highest level in both athletics and academics. In addition, I was attracted to the enthusiastic student body and felt at home on campus during my visits."
Cody Wilkins M/F 6-1 170 Chicago, Ill. Whitney Young HS
Before Yale: First team all-state selection as a senior at Whitney Young High School… Named team most valuable player in his senior year… Two-time all-sectional selection… Named first team All City in 2007… Two-time team captain… Helped Whitney Young to first City Championship in school history as a senior… Scored the game-winning goal in the championship game… Currently plays club soccer with the Chicago Fire Academy… Also played with the Chicago Magic, which placed third in the academy finals in 2009.
Personal: Tutored teen parents at the Chicago Child Care Society… Wrote for Chicago Tribune's TheMash high school newspaper… Father, Tony, ran track at Northwestern… Older brother, Trevor, plays football at Princeton and is in the Class of 2013… Teammate with the Magic and Fire, Billy McGuiness, will play soccer at Princeton... Former teammate, Kurtis Teskoski, is a goalkeeper at Cornell.
"I chose Yale because of the combination of its amazing academic reputation; the great staff, players and success of the soccer program; and the immediate comfort and welcoming I felt when I got on campus. From the classes to the residential colleges, everywhere I went while I visited looked and felt like somewhere I could see myself for the next four years of my life."
Antoine Crettex F/M 5-7 161 Bogota, Colombia Escola Graduada de Sao Paulo
Notes: Joined team in spring of his freshman year
Before Yale: Named the most valuable player at the Big 4 Tournament as a senior at Escola Graduada de Sao Paulo in Brazil… Two-time team captain… Male Athlete and Student Athlete of the Year… Team's top scorer in both Big 8 Tournament and Sao Paulo League in his junior year… Helped Escola Graduada to league championship as a sophomore… Played for Escuela Campo Alegre in Venezuela in his freshman year… Named MVP of CAISA and VANAS Tournaments.
Personal: Spent a summer building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Northeast Brazil.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity