April 8, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Three talented high schools seniors have made decisions to play men's soccer at Western Washington University this fall. They include two National Letter of Intent signees, and one who accepted an admission offer.
Making that announcement Tuesday was Viking head coach Greg Brisbon.
The NLI signees are midfielder Luke Olney from Enumclaw High School and midfielder Wesley Stark from Snohomish High School. Accepting the offer of admission was defender Kelly Smith, who attended Tri-Cities Prep and played soccer at Hanford High School.
Olney and Stark each competed the last two years on the Crossfire Academy Club team, helping that squad earn a wild-card berth to the Dallas Showcase playoffs in 2013.
Olney was a second-team South Puget Sound League all-star as a sophomore at Enumclaw, having 10 goals and 12 assists for the Hornets. His father, Reece, is beginning his 21st season as head men's soccer coach at University of Puget Sound.
"I am very pleased to have Luke be a part of our program," said Brisbon. "He is a very cerebral soccer player. He understands the tactics of the game and what adjustments need to made during the play. He is good technically and can play a multiple of positions. I look forward to seeing him develop over the next four years.
As a sophomore at Snohomish, Stark scored six goals on a Panthers' team that finished 15-1-1, won Western Conference and district titles, and ranked No.1 nationally for three weeks before losing in the first round of Class 4A state tournament. He also played on a conference championship squad that went to state as a freshman.
"Wesley was at our ID camp and I was able to see how competitive he was" Brisbon said. "He has an unbelievable desire to win at all cost. He is very athletic, can play with both feet and willing to do whatever it takes to make the team better. Wesley will fit in well with our group and will probably play out wide and attack the flanks."
Smith was a first-team WIAA Coaches Association Class 4A all-state, Tri-City Herald all-Area and Mid-Columbia Conference all-star as a junior at Hanford. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime of the state quarterfinal game to advance to semifinals.
Smith ran cross country at Tri-Cities Prep, running on Class 2B state title winning teams as a sophomore and junior.
Kelly was another player I was able to see at our ID camp," said Brisbon. "I think he was an under the radar player that will be a good fit for us and him. He is a solid, strong defender that can play on either side in the back. He has the ability to join the attack and serve balls from a wide area. He has a great work rate and will develop into a very good defender."
Last year, WWU finished 11-4-3 overall and placed third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 9-2-3. The Vikings ended their season with a 3-0 win over nationally No.2-ranked Simon Fraser.
Luke Olney, Midfielder, Freshman, 6-0, 170, 18, 1/25/96, Enumclaw, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Played on Crossfire Academy club team for two years ... Scored three goals in 2014 and in 2013 on team that earned wild-card berth to Dallas Showcase playoffs ... Competed two years at Enumclaw High School ... Second-team South Puget Sound League all-star as sophomore ... Had 10 goals and 12 assists for Hornets ... Honorable mention all-league as freshman, having eight goals and eight assists.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business ... His father, Reece, played soccer at Seattle Pacific University and is beginning his 21st season as head men's soccer coach at University of Puget Sound.
Wesley Stark, Midfielder, Freshman, 5-10, 145, 18, 3/13/96, Snohomish, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Played on Crossfire Academy club team for two years ... Scored three goals, one a game winner, in 2014 ... Scored 10 goals in 2013 on squad that earned wild-card berth to Dallas Showcase playoffs ... Competed two years at Snohomish High School ... As sophomore, scored six goals on Panthers' team that finished 15-1-1, won Western Conference and district titles, ranked No. nationally for three weeks before losing in first round of Class 4A state tournament ... Also won conference championship and went to state as freshman ... Started one year and lettered two.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business.
Kelly Smith, Defender, Freshman, 5-11. 150, 18, 4/16/96. Tri-Cities, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team WIAA Coaches Association Class 4A all-state, Tri-City Herald all-Area and Mid-Columbia Conference all-star as junior at Hanford High School ... Named team's Best Defender award winner ... Had three goals and three assists for Falcons ... Scored game-winning goal in overtime of state quarterfinal game to advance to semifinals ... Honorable mention all-conference as sophomore ...Started and lettered four years ... Also lettered three years in cross country at Tri-Cities Prep, running on Class 2B state title winning teams as sophomore and junior and on team that placed fourth as senior ... Three-time first-team all-Big 9 League pick ... First-team all-state as junior, placing fifth, and second-team all-state as senior, finishing 12th.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in economics.