HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 28, 2012 -- James Madison men's soccer
Head Coach Tom Martin has announced the signing
of seven players to scholarships at JMU.
The seven athletes represent three states, including Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and the United Kingdom.
"We're real pleased with the class; we think it's a strong class," said Martin. "It's going to cover our graduation losses, it's going to give us more depth, and we think a number of the players coming in are going to contribute the first year."
The class of 2012 includes:
Connor Coward , 6-1, Forward/Midfielder, Centreville, Va., Centreville H.S., Club: Annandale United FC
Tyler Durbin, 6-3, Midfielder/Forward/Defender, Burke, Va., Lake Braddock S.S., Club: Annandale United FC
Tom Fouhy, Midfielder/Defender, Buckinghamshire, England, Club: English Schoolboys Youth Team
Christian Foust, 6-2, Goalkeeper, Vandalia, Ohio, Shattuck's St. Mary's (Minn.), Club: Shattuck's St. Mary's USSF Development Academy
Rhys Howard, 6-4, Defender, McLean, Va., Langley H.S., Club: Annandale United FC
Kyle Morton, 6-3, Goalkeeper, West Chester, Pa., Reed Henderson H.S., Club: Penn Fusion Soccer Academy
Eric Schmidt, 6-0, Forward/Midfielder, Arlington, Va., Washington-Lee H.S., Club: Annandale United FC
JMU is coming off a season in which the Dukes compiled a 13-5-2 record, finished first in the highly- competitive Colonial Athletic Association regular-season standings, and advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Championships. JMU was ranked as high as 12th in all three national polls (National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Soccer America, College Soccer News).