(Kansas City, Mo.) – The UMKC men’s soccer squad announced Thursday that 10 new student-athletes will suit up for the Kangaroos this fall. The class includes six freshmen and four transfers, including seven from Kansas and Missouri. It also features a two-time Missouri High School Player of the Year and the Kansas High School Player of the Year.
“First, we wanted to continue to bring in excellent players and people to build our program overall,” Head Coach Rick Benben said, “We didn’t have any major holes on the team, but with having 10 seniors in our upcoming class, it was important to bring in a broad base of players to not only improve the team for this year, but be able to have guys step in and play next year.”
Below are short bios and a quote from Benben on each member:
Jake Carter – Defender
6-2 * 170 * Freshman
Wichita, Kan. * Wichita Northwest H.S. / WFC Crew
A four-year starter at Wichita Northwest High School for coach Bobby Briebiesca, he helped the squad to a combined 55-8 record in his last three years there…. As a junior he led the team to a perfect 21-0 record and a Kansas 6A state title, while finishing as state runner-up as a senior and third place as a sophomore… The squad also took home a couple conference titles during that span… As a senior he led the team to nine shutouts (15-6 record) and was the Southwest Region Defensive Player of the Year, while also earning first-team all-state, all-region, all-metro and all-city… As a junior, the squad posted 14 shutouts on their way to the title, and he earned first-team all-city and honorable mention all-metro… His sophomore season saw the squad go 19-2, while he was a first-team all-city pick… As a freshman he earned honorable mention all-city… He also ran track, lettering four years, and was a member of the 4x400 relay team that took second in the state and holds the school record… Also played basketball… He was a four-year honor roll selection, and won the Wendy’s Heisman Student-Athlete Award… In club ball, he played for WFC Crew for nine years, and EFC Everton one year for coaches Mike Pfeifer and Jack Giest.
“Jake is someone that we think can compete for playing time right away in the back, and his ability to defend 1-on-1 against opponents’ strong, fast, attacking players is a strength of his.”
Tato Chiaparro – Forward
5-7 * 155
Sao Paulo, Brazil * Lewis and Clark C.C. (Ill.) * Colegio Joao
Played for head coach Tim Rooney at Lewis and Clark Community College, helping the team to a 13-7-1 record and an appearance in the Region 24 semifinals… He led the team with 14 goals and 13 assists for 41 points… He was named the Region Forward of the Year and to the first-team all-region squad… As a freshman he scored four goals and handed out six assists, helping the team to the region tournament and earning honorable mention all-conference… He played high school futsal in Brazil previous to that at Colegio Joao XXIII, where he was the team captain all three years.
“We were really looking for a player who had the ability to create and score goals to add to our attack, and that’s what we found in Tato.”
Patrick Foley – Forward
6-4 * 180 * Junior
Sydney, Australia * Tyler J.C (Texas) * Mosman High School
Helped Tyler Junior College win the National Championship as a sophomore… Scored seven goals and added an assist… Also helped the team to a conference championship… Earned academic all-district honors as well.
“The first thing you see in Patrick is his size, and he combines his physical attributes with very good technical ability, which helps him score goals.”
Chris McGaughey – Goalkeeper
6-3 * 180 * Junior-Tr
County Armagh, Ireland. * Tyler J.C. (Texas) * St. Michael’s School, Lurgan
The two-year starter at goalkeeper for Tyler Junior College and head coach Steve Clements… He was a two-time first-team All-American for TJC, helping the squad win the National Championship as a sophomore and finish third as a freshman… He was also a two-time pick to the first-team all-conference and all-district squads, while earning NJCAA All-Tournament Team accolades as a sophomore… Played club soccer for Glenavon FC, while attending high school at St. Michael’s Grammar, Lurgan… He also played Gaelic football (Irish sport), helping his team win the Ulster Championship in 2010.
“We had the opportunity to watch Chris play in the junior college championships. We feel fortunate that he became available and we’re looking forward to seeing him in a UMKC uniform.”
Derek Schrick – Midfielder
5-11 * 170 * Sophomore-Tr
Kansas City, Mo. * SMU (Texas) * Rockhurst H.S. / Sporting KC Juniors
Played in 16 games at national power SMU as a freshman, starting three times... Collected an assist vs. South Carolina (9/24/12)... Recorded his first collegiate point, an overtime game-winning assist, at Harvard (9/9/12)... Saw his first action as a Mustang, coming in as a sub on 8/31/12 against No. 4 South Florida…He attended Rockhurst High School, and was named the 2011 and 2012 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year... Was ranked as the No. 66 player nationally by ESPN Rise and was a TopDrawerSoccer.com four-star recruit... Played club for the Sporting KC Juniors where he was a three-time captain... Was a member of the Missouri Olympic Development Program Region II squad and competed in the 2009 Italy Tour... He was a four-year letterman... Was named a 2011 NSCAA High School All-American, the 2011 Kansas City Metro Player of the Year and was a 2011 First-Team ESPN Rise Missouri All-State honoree... Led his school to the state title in both 2008 and 2010... He is a three-time all-state and all-district selection... Over his high school career, he scored 45 goals and added 64 assists.
“Derek has been a player that I have watched for a long time. He is a talented player with great individual skill and we’re excited to have him coming back to Kansas City.”
Clay Stewart – Midfielder
6-1 * 170 * Freshman
Olathe, Kan. * Olathe South H.S. / Sporting KC Juniors
The 2012 Kansas State Player of the Year, he started four seasons at Olathe South High School for head coach Will Stoskopf… He was rated a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com and as the No. 6 player in the Heartland Region… He helped the squad to three conference titles, a state runner-up finish, and two state quarterfinal appearances… As a senior he tallied 12 goals and 10 assists, earning a spot in the NSCAA High School All-American Game, which invites 40 of the top players from across the nation to play… He also earned first-team all-state, all-league, all-region and all-metro accolades as a senior… As a junior he had eight assists and was a first-team all-state, all-metro, all-region, and all-conference pick as the team was state runner-up… As a freshman he was the team’s newcomer of the year… In club ball, he played for the Sporting KC Juniors for coach Gareth Hughes.
“Clay was a guy who we really tracked through his whole high school career. He played on Fred’s (Schlichting) club team and moved on to the Sporting KC Juniors. We expect him to come in right away and compete for a spot in the middle of the midfield.”
David Stoll – Midfielder
5-6 * 135 * Freshman
St. Louis, Mo. * Chaminade College Prep H.S. / Academy
A first-team all-state selection at Chaminade College Prep, he helped the squad to a state runner-up finish as a senior… As a senior he tallied 15 assists and four goals, earning all-metro and all-conference first-team accolades… He was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a junior as well, dishing out 11 assists and scoring four goals… As a sophomore he had nine assists and scored two goals… He played club ball for Academy and head coach Tim Leonard, helping the team to conference and playoff titles, before making it to the national finals.
“David is an excellent technical player. He has great balance and passing ability. I look at him as having a big upside.”
Kyle Vassar – Defender
6-0 * 180 * Freshman
Olathe, Kan. * Olathe South H.S. / Sporting KC Juniors
An all-state and all-league defender as a senior, he started four seasons at Olathe South High School for head coach Will Stoskopf… He helped the squad to three conference titles, a state runner-up finish, and two state quarterfinal appearances… He was a rated as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com… Vassar earned All-Sunflower League honors as a junior as well, helping the team to a state runner-up finish… He was a member of the Sporting KC Juniors club team, playing for coach Gareth Hughes… Prior to that, he played for KCFC United for five years, winning two state titles and finishing as state runner-up three times… He was also on the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years in high school.
“Kyle is a really strong defender. I look for him to compete for playing time right away across the back. He can add good depth and put himself in a position to become a starter as he moves along in his career.”
Wes White – Forward
6-0 * 170 * Freshman
Independence, Mo. * William Chrisman H.S. / Sporting KC Juniors
Rated as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com, he played at William Chrisman High School for coach John Straub… As a sophomore he scored a school record 22 goals, earning first-team all-area, all-conference, and all-district accolades… He also grabbed honorable mention all-region for Western Missouri… He played in two games as a junior before suffering an injury that kept him out the rest of that year and all of his senior season… Played club ball for the Sporting KC Juniors and coach Jon Parry, while seeing action in five games with the Sporting Kansas City Reserves during the 2010-11 season.
“Wes is a dynamic player who has the ability to score goals. I really look forward to seeing him join our team and adding a new dimension to our attack.”
Austin Wilcox – Midfielder
6-0 * 170 * Freshman
Olathe, Kan. * Shawnee Mission East H.S. / Sporting KC Juniors
Attended Shawnee Mission East High School as a junior and senior… Helped Scarborough High School, where he played as a freshman and sophomore, to a state title as a freshman in 2009 in Maine… He played his club ball for head coach Jon Parry and the Sporting KC Juniors… He was an honor roll student as well.
“Austin really impressed me with his play over this year for the Sporting Juniors. He is developing as a two-way midfield player and he will certainly compete for playing time in our lineup.”