MEN'S SOCCER SIGNS FIVE IN 2013 CLASS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer team and head coach Michael Linenberger have announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2013 recruiting class.
Preston Davis, Trevor Jackson, Javier Muñoz, Ivan Ramirez and Brian von Lackum will all begin their Sacramento State careers with the 2013 season.
"We have signed another very strong and deep class, which we needed after losing some great senior starters from last year," Linenberger said. "We addressed many of our needs. We feel that we have added quality soccer players who are comfortable on the ball and have good speed and athleticism. We anticipate having a very young but talented team next fall. We are excited about our future and look forward to fighting for our first Big West Championship with this group."
||PRESTON DAVIS - D
Gold River, Calif./Bella Vista HS (Placer Blues)
A 5-foot-9, 150-pound defender who played four years of varsity soccer for head coach Zack Contreras at Bella Vista HS...named Capital Valley League MVP as a senior in 2012...a three-time all-league honoree...was the starting center back for Bella Vista HS's San Joaquin Div. II section championships...had three goals and four assists as a junior...three assists as a senior...hopes to work for the FBI after his soccer career...plays club soccer for the Placer Blues.
Linenberger: “Preston has the ability needed to come in and play immediately. He is a very tough, physical defender. Preston tackles hard and takes pride in shutting down opponents. He has good speed and strength.”
||TREVOR JACKSON - MF
Fair Oaks, Calif./Bella Vista HS (Sacramento United)
A 6-foot-1, 170-pound midfielder who played for head coach Zach Contreras at Bella Vista HS...named all-Capital Valley League as a senior in 2012...paced the Broncos with 25 goals and 15 assists as a senior after moving to Fair Oaks from Tucson, Ariz...was the leading scorer at Sabino HS in Tucson, Ariz., as a sophomore and junior...plays club soccer for Sacramento United.
Linenberger: “We expect Trevor to contribute right away as a freshman. He has good speed and strength. He has great long range passing ability and can score goals from distance. Trevor strikes the ball very well.”
||JAVIER MUÑOZ - D
Galt, Calif./Galt HS (Sacramento United)
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound defender who played four years of varsity soccer for head coach Rue Rodriguez...named Sierra Valley League MVP following his senior season in 2012 when he scored 23 goals with 13 assists...posted a hat trick against Cosumnes Oaks in his final high school soccer game...plays club soccer for Sacramento United.
Linenberger: “Javier should be able to come in right away and play as a freshman. He is versatile and can play other positions as well. Javier has good speed and strength and is very clean with the ball. He's good in the air.”
||IVAN RAMIREZ - MF
San Jose, Calif./Santa Teresa HS (Santa Clara Sporting)
A 5-foot-10, 160-pound midfeidler who played four years of varsity soccer for head coaches Joe Escobedo and Aliou Diallo at Santa Teresa HS...a first team all-Blossom Valley Athletic League selection as a junior and senior...second team all-league as a sophomoe...BVAL freshman of the year in 2009-10...tallied seven goals and four assists in 2012 during his senior season...plays club soccer for Santa Clara Sporting.
Linenberger: “Ivan has the ability to play right away for us. He played both sides of the ball very well. Ivan is very mature and has great leadership ability.”
||BRIAN VON LACKUM - F
Larkspur, Calif./Redwood HS (Marin FC)
A 5-foot-9, 160-pound midfielder who played two seasons of varsity soccer for head coach Brandon Murphy at Redwood HS...second team all-Marin County Athletic League as a junior...plays club soccer for John Delano with Marin FC.
Linenberger: “We expect Brian to come in and play as a freshman. He has very good speed and one-on-one ability. Brian has tremendous speed and can get behind the defense and cause problems for opponents. He is very good in one-vs. one situations."