Cal U soccer rounds up large class of recruits
CALIFORNIA – How hard was the California University men’s soccer team hit by graduation?
Hard enough that Dennis Laskey brought in his largest recruiting class in 18 years as the Vulcans’ coach.
“We lost six four-year starters and the year be-fore we lost four starters,” said Laskey. “This is my best recruiting class since 1993 and my biggest ever. ”
Laskey’s biggest priority was finding some goal scorers after losing Tomas Boltnar two years ago and Nicholas Addlery the past season.
Heading the list of newcomers are freshman J.J. Pazehoski of Elizabeth Forward High and senior Vitor Brito, a transfer from Salem International.
Pazehoski brings impressive credentials after leaving as Elizabeth’s all-time leading scorer with 80 goals including 36 the past season for the Warriors.
“J.J. has speed, skill and a great shot,” said Laskey. “We think he can step in and play right away.”
Brito, a native of Brazil, was Salem’s leading scorer the past season.
“He’s a tremendous goal scorer and is currently playing for East End in the Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League,” said Laskey. “He lives in Pittsburgh and wanted to be closer to home.”
Besides Pazehoski and Brito, Laskey looks for three other players to make impacts right away, including Issac Counts, Bryan Higgins and Emedin Sabic.
Counts is a transfer from Concord College where he was a two-year starting midfielder.
He’s very good and we’ll have to play him somewhere,” said Laskey.
Higgins starred at Lower Dauphin High last year while Sabic starred at Erie Prep.
“Bryan has the potential to play like Boltnar and Sabic is very fast with great skills and knows the game,” said Laskey.
Other WPIAL players headed to Cal, which is coming off a 9-9 showing including 3-5 in the PSAC, are defenders Steve Cerveny of North Hills and Pat Chuha of Steel Valley and midfiedler Jozef Michniak of Laurel Highlands.
Rounding out this year’s class are defenders Alan Alcalde of Elmwood Park (N.J.) High and Matt Bailey of Redland High, midfielders Brian Dahl of North Penn High and Sean Dougherty of Downingtown High, forward James Kelley of Conestoa Valley High and midfielders Samir Sheth from India, Tony Shoshi from East Hampton (N.Y.) High and Vedran Vidackovic from Erie Prep.