SAINT LEO, Fla. – In an attempt to solidify his already talented and competitive lineup, Head Men's Soccer Coach Keith Fulk recently signed two local athletes in the form of Steven Mazza and Jeffery Wills. Coming into the program as eligible freshman, both Mazza and Wills hope to give the Lions four solid years of play as they signed to compete at Saint Leo University beginning in the fall of 2012.
"Wills and Mazza are skilled local talents and will be valuable assets to the team," said Fulk. "They are knowledgeable about the sport and know what it takes to win."
At the close of last year's season, Fulk lost a total of five players, but he is confident that his new additions will help to strengthen the Lions roster. Both defensemen, Mazza and Wills will contribute from the backfield as the 29-man roster attacks the 15-game schedule, which now includes the new 'plus-one' conference format.
Dade City, Florida
Pasco High School
Mazza joins the Lions from nearby Pasco High School, where he played under Head Coach Barry Grayling. This high school team captain amassed quite an impressive resume in which he was selected to the All Conference First Team during his senior year, while also being named the 2011-12 Team MVP. During both his junior and senior seasons at Pasco, Mazza was named as the team's 'Defender of the Year.' An incoming Biology major, Mazza completed his club soccer career with the East Pasco Pirates under the guidance of head coach Ozzy Virgin.
Hudson High School
Wills, an incoming Business Management major, hails from the local Hudson High School, where he competed under the guidance of his father, Jeff Wills, for the past four seasons. As a senior, Wills a team captain and was selected as a First Team All-Conference player. During his junior season, however, he helped guide his team to becoming District Champions for his respective district. In addition to his high school resume, Wills was also a firm leader for his club team, the Florida Coast Football Club.
The Lions will begin regular season play at their home opener on Thursday, August 30 at 5:00 p.m. vs. Warner University.
For more on the men's soccer program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.