SAINT LEO, Fla. – As the rain clouds drift away and the fall soccer season approaches quickly, Saint Leo University Head Men's Soccer Coach Keith Fulk has announced the signing of six more players to the Lions already stacked roster.
After an exciting last season, the Lions lost five solid members of their pride, only to come back for the 2012 season with more than a handful of new talent, both local and international. With a difficult schedule ahead of them, Fulk believes that his 6 new signees will contribute in big ways as the 29-man roster attacks the 15-game schedule, which now includes the new 'plus-four' conference format.
Traunstein, Bavaria, Germany
Johannes-Heiendain-Gymnasium Traunreut HS
A freshman student seeking a Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration, Manuel Schoenhuber comes to Saint Leo University from Johannes-Heiendain-Gymnasium Traunreut HS in Germany. After competing in Germany with the SV Wacker Burghausen Club Team, Schoenhuber's leadership and discipline in the goal make him a strong asset for the Lions both on and off the pitch.
Chris Lavie 6-0, Defense
Saint Michel Sur Orge, France
ISAM Sup De Co Amiens Picardie
Chris Lavie, a junior transfer from Saint Michel Sur Orge, France, will major in History during his time as a Lion. Coming to the team after participating in the Finals of the French Championships in 2008-09 and competing in the French playoffs, Lavie's power, toughness and smarts will make him a strong presence within the Lion's defense. In addition to his championship caliber, Lavie also qualified for the pre-selection of the French National Soccer Team, but chose Saint Leo because of it's soccer program and surrounding community.
Anthony Jannetta 5-10, Defense
Ivry sur Seine, France
University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne
Coming to the Lions as a junior transfer from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Anthony Jannetta will serve as yet another qualified and strong defenseman at Saint Leo University. A Management major, Jannetta's vast experience includes accolades as well as a wealth of knowledge about the game of soccer. Selected to the All-District team a total of 3 times during high school, Jannetta also captained his team at his previous college in Paris, leading his teammates to a 2nd place finish at the Paris Regional Championships. Jannetta's club career includes time with the US Irvy Club Team as well as four club championships, including 2 national championship titles at the U15 and U17 levels.
University of Paris-Est Crete
A junior transfer from the University of Paris-Est Creteil, Frank Bayabanen played high school soccer at Notre Dame de Guingamp HS in France. He chose Saint Leo University to continue his education and soccer career because he firmly believes that being a Lion will give him the opportunity to succeed. A smart and aggressive player, Bayabanen will be a strong figure for the Lions during his time in the backfield, and his previous experience will allow him to become a strong defenseman on the pitch.
Michael Casas, a freshman from Panama City, Panama, comes to the Lions after completing his high school soccer career in Panama City under Coach Acuna. Casas' accolades from high school include placing second at the Adecop 2011 Tournament, being tabbed the Adecop top goal scorer in 2011, and finishing as the AASCA top goal scorer in 2011. After being named team captain in 2012 and Most Valuable Player of the AASCA tournament 2012, Casas also took part in the All-Star Team AASCA Tournament in 2012. The freshman International Business major brings plenty of athleticism and versatility to the Lions offense, much of which he gained while playing soccer in Brazil, Peru, and Panama.
A 2011 graduate of Balboa Academy, Goalkeeper Vincent Wiskowski comes to Saint Leo with numerous accolades under his belt. After being named Most Valuable Player of the AASCA International Soccer Tournament, Wiskowski was also voted to the All Star Team of the AASCA Soccer Tournament, and was named Best Goalkeeper in 2011 after conceding the least goals in the ADECOP with a goal against average of 0.625. The sophomore Sport Business major played his club soccer for Chepo FC under coaches Angelo Williams and Jorge Santos. A three-year captain in high school, Wiskowski brings additional goalkeeping experience and athleticism to Fulk's team as well as an international perspective and style of play.
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.