Two high school seniors, Troy McCarty and James Molyneux-Elliot, to play for Vikings
Feb. 21, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University men's soccer coach Greg Brisbon announced today that midfielder/defender Troy McCarty has signed a national letter of intent and midfielder/forward James Molyneux-Elliot has accepted an offer of admission to play for the Vikings this fall.
Both have played on the same club teams the last two years. McCarty is a senior at Snohomish High School and Molyneux-Elliot is a senior at Issaquah's Skyline High School.
"We are very happy and excited to add these two players to our team," said Brisbon. "They both have played at the highest level in club and bring in great experience playing in many big games in their club soccer career. Both have been coached by two great youth coaches in Dick McCormick and Bernie James, so we know they will be college ready immediately."
McCarty played three years in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system, two with Crossfire Academy (2011 and 2013) and one with Seattle Sounders Academy (2012). He played six years overall with Crossfire, winning a state title on its U13 team.
McCarty competed for two seasons at Snohomish High School. He was an honorable mention Class 4A all-State selection as a sophomore on a team that won the Western Conference title and reached state.
"Troy has been playing at the highest level in club soccer for all of his youth," Brisbon said. "He is a versatile player who can play in the back and in the midfield. Troy is a very good distributor of the ball and is dominant in one-on-one defending. He will make an impact right away for us."
Molyneux-Elliot also has played two years in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system with Crossfire in 2013 and Seattle Sounders in 2012.
With Eastside FC in 2011he was named to a U.S. Youth Soccer National Best 11 and played on a U16 team that reached the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships. That year, Molyneux-Elliot also reached the national finals on an Olympic Development Program team.
Molyneux-Elliot started two seasons for Skyline High School, playing on a team that reached the Class 4A state championship game as a sophomore.
"James is very dangerous going at guys," said Brisbon. "He is a very hard worker who makes great runs off the ball. James will fit in nicely with our other attacking players."
Troy McCarty, Midfielder/Defender, Freshman, 6-0, 165, 18, 1/19/95, Snohomish, Wash.
CLUB AND HIGH SCHOOL: Played three years in U.S. Soccer Development Academy system, two with Crossfire Academy in 2011 and 2013 and one with Seattle Sounders Academy in 2012 ... Played six years overall with Crossfire, winning state title on U13 team ... Team captain in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Played two seasons at Snohomish High School ... Honorable mention Class 4A all-State selection as sophomore on team that won Western Conference title and reached state ... Team captain and MVP for Panthers ... Two-year letter winner.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in engineering.
James Molyneux-Elliot, Forward/Midfielder, Freshman, 5-9, 155, 18, 1/30/95, Issaquah, Wash.
CLUB AND HIGH SCHOOL: Played two years in U.S. Soccer Development Academy system, one with Crossfire Academy in 2013 and another with Seattle Sounders Academy in 2012 ... With Eastside in 2011 was named to U.S. Youth Soccer National Best 11 and played on U16 team that reached the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships ... Also reached national finals that year on Olympic Development Program team ... Played three years overall with Eastside FC ... Started two seasons for Skyline High School, playing on team that reached the Class 4A state championship game as a sophomore ... Two-year letter winner.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in political science or international business... His brother, Tom, played soccer four years at Pacific Lutheran University.
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