June 7, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of NSCAA high school All-Americans highlight Yale's Class of 2009. Head Coach Brian Tompkins welcomes eight players from six different states, including three from California.
"This is as talented a freshman class as we have had for some time and I am delighted to have been able to attract so many players with such excellent potential," Tompkins said. "They bring a high level of technical ability and competitiveness and will help our tactical balance in all areas of the field. In addition to being gifted athletes, they have all been winners and demonstrated an ability to lead. As with any class of newcomers, we will need to be patient and they will need time to adapt, but I believe several of them have the ability and maturity to make an immediate impact."
Here is a look at the Class of 2009:
Gavin Blades Midfield Lakewood, Ohio St. Ignatius High School
Blades, the Ohio Player of the Year, was an NSCAA All-America selection at St. Ignatius, where he captained the team to the state championship. In addition, he was a member of the Olympic Development Program regional team and played for the Cleveland Soccer Academy club team.
Jonathan Carlos Midfield Southbury, Conn. Taft School
Carlos was a New England Prep School All Star at the Taft School. He also was a member of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program and played for the Oakwood Soccer Club. In addition, Carlos ran track at Taft, competing in the 200 and 400-meter dashes. He was the captain of both the soccer and track teams.
Tyler Guse Midfield Madison, Wisc. Middleton High School
Guse was an NSCAA All-America selection and the Wisconsin Player of the Year at Middleton High School. He captained Middleton to the state championship and also earned NSCAA Academic All-America honors. Guse finished with eight goals and 17 assists for 33 points for Middleton, which went unbeaten in its final 18 games to finish 22-3-1 overall. In addition, he was a member of the Olympic Development Program regional team and played club soccer for FC Milwaukee.
Alex Guzinski Defense Palo Alto, Calif. Henry M. Gunn High School
Guzinski was the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League - De Anza Division most valuable player and the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Central Coast Section Player of the Year at Henry M. Gunn High School. In addition, he was a first team All-CIF Central Coast selection and was the team captain. He played club soccer for Santa Clara Sporting Ruckus.
Markus Jackson Defense Augusta, Ga. Academy of Richmond County
Jackson was an all-state selection at the Academy of Richmond County, where he helped the team to state championships in 2004 and 2005. He also ran track and played club soccer for the AFC Lightning.
Liam Leonard Forward Camarillo, Calif. Oaks Christian
At the Oaks Christian School, Leonard was the Frontier League most valuable player and was a first team All Ventura County selection. He played in the CIF All-Star game and was a member of the California Olympic Development team. Leonard also played basketball and ran track at Oaks Christian and is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He played club soccer for SoCal United.
Frank Piasta Defense Santa Rosa, Calif. Cardinal Newman
Piasta, the team captain at the Cardinal Newman School which won CIF North Coast Section championship, was the North Bay League and Redwood Empire Player of the Year. He also was a member of the Olympic Development Program Super Y League regional team which won the 2003 national championship. In addition, he played club soccer for Santa Rosa United Gold.
Max Rhodes Defense Norman, Okla. Norman High School
Rhodes was the team captain at Norman High School and also was a member of the Oklahoma Olympic Development Program team. In addition, he played club soccer for Norman Celtic.