SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer program announced two National Letter of Intent signees for the 2018 season. Both are from the greater Sacramento area.
"It's a smaller class, but we're extremely excited about each of these additions," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "We had a large newcomer class last season and the trio of Benji, Ryan, and Alejandro are going to compliment them and our team as a whole moving into the season."
The Hornets graduated just six seniors after the 2017 season, but they were a core group of leaders and starters.
"Even though it was a small graduating class, they were a key group of guys," added Linenberger. "But every year you bring in new players and new guys step up. We're all very excited about what this coming season will bring."
Meet the Hornets:
Alejandro Alcantara - 6-0 - D - Carson City, Nev./Mission Heights Prep HS
Played two years for Real Salt Lake Academy in Casa Grande, Ariz...during the 2016-17 season, started 31 games while playing in 32...despite playing as a defender, scored four goals that season, as well...over his two seasons with RSL, started more games than any other player on the club...also played one season for Barca Academy...started 12 of 12 games...will major in Business Administration with goal of starting his own business.
Linenberger on Alejandro: "We are excited to add Alejandro Alcantara to our recruiting class for 2018. He is a natural left footed player with great skill who can play as a left back or a left centerback. He has been in full-time residency with Real Salt Lake Academy and now Barcelona Academy, so he has been in a great environment for his development."
Ryan Curtis - 6-1 - GK - Modesto, Calif./James C. Enochs High School
Played two years for coach Matt Doyle at James C Enochs High School...played both goalkeeper and centerback for the Eagles during his two seasons...won the 2016 men's soccer Leadership Award...also played two years club soccer for Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA)...made three penalty kick saves in a State Cup game...was a four-year football player in high school, playing kicker, safety, and wide receiver...was the 2017 Football Utility Man of the Year.
Linenberger on Ryan: "After losing James Del Curto to graduation, we needed to bring in another goalkeeper, and we found a good one in Ryan. Even as a freshman, we expect Ryan will come in ready to compete for the starting job. He has all the tools, so the question is how quickly he can adapt to the speed of the game at the Division I level."
Benjamin "Benji" Kikanovic - 6-1 - F - Antelope, Calif./Antelope High School
Played four years at Antelope High School for coach Mario Gomez...primarily played striker but also saw time at midfield...played 48 career games for the Antelope Titans and has scored 42 career goals...24 of those goals have come so far during his senior season in just 11 games...played for Placer United under coach Matt McDougall.
Linenberger on Kikanovic: "Benji is probably the best blue chip recruit we have ever signed. He garnered interest from many ACC and PAC 12 schools, not to mention from Major League Soccer teams. He is a natural goal-scorer who can shoot with either foot. He is big, strong, and fast - all around a very physical and talented player."