University of Delaware Menís Soccer Program Adds Three High School Standouts For 2014 Fall Season
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware men’s soccer head coach Ian Hennessy has announced that high school standouts Brett Giuliana, Kenny MacArthur and Matt Mossbarger will join the Blue Hen program this fall and comprise the class of 2018.
Giuliana, a native of Lincoln Park, N.J. who currently attends DePaul Catholic High School, is a starting midfielder for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s PDA squad in New Jersey. He was listed as a top 20 prospect in the state of New Jersey, according to www.topdrawersoccer.com. Giuliana was a member of the 2012 Super Y ODP National Team, a 2012 National Training Center attendee, and one of 40 players worldwide to be selected to the 2012 Adidas Real Madrid Select Program.
“Brett initially came to us through our camp, and loves the feel of our campus and the quality of education at UD,” Hennessy said. “He is enjoying a good season this year with PDA in the Academy, and will add to a good core of technical midfielders on the squad.”
MacArthur, a native of Upper Dublin, Pa. who attends Chestnut Hill Academy, has served as a captain of the USSDA FC Delco squad for the last three seasons. MacArthur, who is the starting center back on the team, is also an honor roll student at Chestnut Hill. MacArthur was a varsity starter as both a freshman and sophomore at Chestnut Hill, while he earned second team All Inter-AC honors during his sophomore season.
“Kenny has enjoyed the last few years in the Academy system and brings a strong leadership quality to Delaware,” Hennessy remarked. “He has good defending instincts, and we hope to see him compete well for time on the field in the years ahead.”
Mossbarger, who resides in Bridgeport, Conn. and attends Newtown High School, was a senior captain of the soccer team and was named first team All-Connecticut Class LL. He was also an All-Southwest Conference honoree as a senior at Newtown, where is he president of the National Honor Society and was a CIAC Scholar-Athlete award recipient. Mossbarger, who also played with the Samba Connecticut Futbol Club, will be a member of the honors program at UD.
“Matt was identified through a camp that my assistant Jon Scheer attended, and brings not only a good soccer IQ to our squad but will also enroll in our prestigious honors program at the University,” Hennessy stated. “In many ways Matt exhibits the ideal student-athlete that we value highly in our program.”
“We are delighted to welcome in the class of 2018,” said Hennessy, who begins his eighth season with the Blue Hens this fall and has led UD to NCAA tournament appearances in both 2011 and 2013. “They have each enjoyed a successful youth career, and my staff and I congratulate them on their ability to balance their high school studies and playing careers to bring them through the doors of the University of Delaware this fall.
“We have enjoyed our own successes in the soccer program in recent years both on the field and in the classroom, and we feel confident that these young men will continue that tradition.”
Among the highlights for the 2014 season will be Delaware's move into the newly-named Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium, which will undergo major renovations this summer in preparation for the season.
Delaware's challenging schedule will include a trip to the University of California and Stanford in mid-September. The complete schedule will be announced later this spring.