EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For the second consecutive season, the SIUE men's soccer program has a recruiting class listed among the top 40 in the country by College Soccer News.
The Cougars are the only program in the Missouri Valley Conference to be named to the list in each of the last two seasons.
"We're certainly pleased that our recruiting efforts have been recognized again this year," Head Coach Scott Donnelly said. "The successful recruitment of top players and student-athletes is a central focus for us each and every year. The fact that we are a destination university and soccer program is important to our continued success and to elevating our program further."
Announced in early February, SIUE's 2014 recruiting class features five new players including four incoming freshmen and one transfer.
Midfielders TC Hull, Keegan McHugh, and Lance Ramsey and goalkeeper Joe Smith are the freshmen joining the program in the fall.
Forward Garet Christianson transferred from Eastern Illinois prior to the spring semester and has two years of eligibility remaining. Christianson already has joined the team and scored the game-winning goal in the Cougars' 2-0 exhibition victory over Missouri S&T on Saturday.
"Some might overlook this group because it only includes only five signees, but if the goal of recruiting is to plug gaps and add both short and long term value then this class deserves inclusion. Keegan McHugh who played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher is among the top center midfielders in the class of 2014 and will likely contribute immediately. Redshirt sophomore forward Garet Christianson who transfers in from Eastern Illinois where he was an All-Summit League First Teamer last year should also make an immediate impact. Midfielder TC Hull from the talent rich Chicago area has a lot of upsides as a goal scorer. Midfielder Lance Ramsey is a sleeper but looks to be have a great deal of potential as a role player. Goalkeeper Joe Smith is another solid addition." – College Soccer News