MEN'S SOCCER ADDS TWO NEWCOMERS FOR 2008-09
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State men’s soccer head coach Michael Linenberger announced the signing of two student-athletes, Matthew Foy and Bryan Oliver, for the 2008-09 school year.
Foy, a senior forward at Sacramento’s West Campus High School, earned Capital Valley League MVP honors during his final campaign for the Warriors, scoring 31 goals and added 16 assists. His goals, assists and points (78) led the league, while the Warriors reached the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Foy, who stands 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds, was a three time all-conference selection, while being named to the Sacramento Bee’s all-Metro first team in 2007. He scored 66 goals in his three years of varsity soccer for head coach Rogelio Rubio. At the club level, Foy competes for Placer United, and is coached by Sacramento State assistant Jason Gantt.
“Matt has tremendous speed and the ability to create goal scoring chances and finish,” Linenberger said. “He will possibly play wide in the midfield, or up-front for us, and has a chance to start as a freshman.”
Oliver, a 6’1” senior goalkeeper at Rocklin High School, was the Sierra Foothill League MVP in 2006, and was named to the Sacramento Bee’s all-Metro first team. In 2005, Oliver led the Thunder to the Sierra Foothill League title, as well as the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship. He set records that season in the league for most shutouts in a season with 11, while also setting the league mark for fewest goals allowed. During his sophomore campaign in 2005, Oliver was named the Defensive MVP of the league.
Prior to the 2007 season, which he missed the majority of due to injury, Oliver, along with Foy, were named by the Sacramento Bee as one of the ten local soccer players to watch. Oliver also competed for Placer United under Gantt.
“Bryan will probably redshirt his first year and learn behind Ryan (Kenny) and Nick (Gargiulo),” Linenberger said. “Beginning with his second season, we hope to get his feet wet behind our then-senior goalies, and have him be out starting ‘keeper the final three years. He has good size and athleticism, and is a very good student.”
The Hornets open the 2008 fall season with an exhibition game against Stanford on Aug. 23, before opening the season at home against Cal State Bakersfield on Aug. 29.