Men's Soccer Adds Three Recruits for 2003 Campaign
July 1, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- - Memphis soccer head coach Richie Grant announced the signing of transfer goalkeeper Sebastian Vecchio, in-coming freshmen defenders Daniel Saffer and Alex Kawalit, Tuesday. Grant has now signed six recruits for the 2003 season.
Vecchio transfers in to the Tiger soccer program from Mid-Continent College in Mayfield, Ky. The Argentinian keeper comes to Memphis after leading Mid-Continent to an 18-4-1 mark and a No. 9 national ranking in NAIA competition. The goalie logged 1,917 minutes in 22 matches between the posts for the Cougars, while recording 95 saves and a 1.27 goals against average. Vecchio is currently playing for the Memphis Express of the Professional Development League (PDL). "Sebastian needs to be an impact goalkeeper for us," Grant said. "He is getting valuable experience this summer with the PDL Memphis Express and he is technically strong enough to be a good keeper in Conference USA."
Saffer will join the Tigers after a strong high school career at Manalapan High School in Manalapan, NJ. At MHS, Saffer was a letterwinner in each of his four years. He was a two-time, first-team all-area honoree as a sweeper. As a senior he scored four goals and added eight assists to finish his career with four goals and 19 assists. His defensive prowess helped lead his club team, the Jackson Cobras to the 1999 New Jersey Kellogg's State title. "Dan is an energetic player that will compete and make us a better team." Grant said.
Kawalit, who hails from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, will don the blue and gray on the heels of a solid high school career as a defender at St. Francis Xavier in Ontario. "Alex is a natural left-sided player who will strengthen our defense this year," said Grant. "He is a very smooth soccer player."
Memphis will begin fall workouts on Aug 18, before its first exhibition test against Vanderbilt on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.