LORETTO, PA – As the start of the 2012 fall season draws near, head men’s soccer coach Michael Casper finalized his recruiting class by adding four more names to the roster.

“I am excited to add these four student-athletes to our team,” Casper said. “They will all bring something special to the team and combine them with our already strong group of incoming players and I think this has the opportunity to be an outstanding class.”

The latest additions join Casper’s earlier group of recruits, Wallis Debourou, Andrew Garcia, Jack Webber and Eric Colon, who were announced in February, bringing his freshmen class up to eight. The 2012 SFU recruiting class concludes with Andy Hajec (Corry, Pa.), Christian Harrington (Warren, Pa.), Ty Geesey (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Pedro Machado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Name – Position – Height – Weight – Hometown/High School – Club

Andy Hajec – Forward – 5-9 – 155 – Corry, Pa./Corry – Erie Admirals

As a two-time all-region player in high school, Hajec earned Regional Player of the Year honors following his junior season in 2010. In addition to his play at the high school level, the native of Corry, Pa. was a member of the Erie Admirals soccer club for eight years and also has experience on the PA West ’94 ODP squad.

“Andy is a very solid player who we think will be an excellent forward for us,” Casper said. “He is strong on the ball, very smart and is a good finisher. He has good pace, a great attitude and will work very hard on and off the field for us.”

Christian Harrington – Midfield – 5-11 – 160 – Warren, Pa./Warren Area – Kinzua Soccer Club

The Regional Player of the Year and member of the Pennsylvania all-state team in 2011, Harrington is a two-time team captain and leaves Warren Area High School with his name scattered throughout the record books. After helping to lead his team to the 2010 District 10 championship, Harrington set the school record in career assists with 85. On a larger scale, the Warren, Pa. native led the nation in assists and tied the all-time Pennsylvania state record with 46 assists.

As for his play on the club level, Harrington spent time as a member of the ’93 ODP boys team, the Shenango Valley Premier squad and his hometown Kinzua Soccer Club.

“Christian is a very technical player and an excellent passer of the ball,” Casper said. “He has tremendous vision and can play passes over a variety of distances. Christian has a great engine, works very hard in the midfield and will be a nice addition to our team.”

Ty Geesey – Forward – 5-8 – 175 – Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley – ’93 Eagle FC

A three-year member of the Cumberland Valley varsity squad, Geesey closed out his final season with the Eagles as a Mid-Penn all-star after notching 17 goals and seven assists. The forward out of Mechanicsburg, Pa. tallied the game winning strike for the ’93 Eagle FC team in the final 90 seconds of the 2012 Region I championship. Geesey also has ODP experience and was a part of the 2010 Eastern PA ODP Region I champions squad.

 

“Ty is a fast, goal scoring forward,” Casper said. “His second gear is tremendous and he has a great nose for the goal. He has good size and can hold up the ball, but also get in behind and cause problems with his pace. Ty can play as a forward or on the wing and his work rate and athleticism will be a great benefit to our team.”

Pedro Machado – Forward/Midfield – 5-9 – 165 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/Salesiano Santa Rosa

Pedro Machado’s experience comes from both soccer and futsal. Machado played for his high school team of Salesiano Santa Rosa in 2010 and also 2svSports.

“Pedro is a very technical player with tremendous understanding and awareness,” Casper said. “His creativity makes him special and he has the ability to score goals himself or set up chances for others. Pedro can drop down into the midfield or play as a forward and in either position has the ability to be a very dangerous attacking player for us.”