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UMKC Men's Soccer Announces Eight 2012 Commitments
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:05/22/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.) - The UMKC men's soccer squad announced Tuesday that eight new student-athletes will suit up for the Kangaroos this fall. The class includes three freshmen, one sophomore and four juniors.

"We always look for guys that are excellent players, and have also demonstrated solid academic potential." Head Coach Rick Benben said. "Certainly with the five transfer players, we expect them to contribute to our team immediately. We obviously had a need in the midfield, and we think have addressed that. The high school players will compete for playing time immediately, but more importantly, will provide a good base for future teams."

Below are short bios and a quote from Benben on each member:

David Coulter - Midfielder
5-11 * 170 * Junior
Glasgow, Scotland * Pratt C.C. (Kan.)

A second-team all-conference selection for Pratt C.C. and head coach Kevin Kewley, he helped the squad advance to the playoffs during both of his seasons there... Scored six goals and dished out seven assists in 2011.

"We look at David as a player who can come into the center of our midfield and be a good two-way player for us. He is a good defender and passer, but also possesses a good shot."

Broc Cramer - Forward
6-2 * 185 * Freshman
Wichita, Kan. * Wichita Northwest H.S. / EFC Tornadoes

Played for head coach Bobby Bribiesca at Northwest High School, leading them to a perfect 21-0 record and the state championship as a senior (the first school to ever go undefeated in Wichita)... He scored 22 goals and logged 17 assists during the year to earn first-team all-city, all-metro, and all-state honors, while serving as the team captain... As a junior he earned the same honors while scoring 21 goals and dishing 18 assists while helping the team to a 19-2 overall record and a third place finish in the state... He was an all-city honorable mention pick as a sophomore, scoring five goals and dishing out eight assists... Cramer played for head coach Sammy Lane in club ball for EFC Tornadoes, winning the 2011 state championship and taking state runner-up honors in 2010... He also played basketball in high school, lettering two years... He was also a member of the National Honors Society and DECA while in high school.

"Broc is a gifted athlete and a good soccer player who we feel can compete for playing time right away in a number of positions."

Diego Figueroa - Defender
5-8 * 150 * Junior
Miami, Fla. * Lincoln C.C. (Ill.) / Killian H.S.

He helped the Lynx and head coach Ben Massena to an 18-2-4 overall record and a fifth place finish in the nation... That year he started 16 games, scoring four goals and logging nine assists at outside defender... Led the team to back-to-back Region 24 titles, central district crowns, and fifth place national finishes... His freshman year he started 18 games, scoring a goal and logging four assists from left back... He helped the team win its first ever Region 24 regular season title, tournament title, central division title, and finish fifth place in the nation... In both years he was part of a back four that allowed only 0.42 goals per game in region play.

"Diego is a very skillful player. He is a good defender but his passing and attacking abilities give us the opportunity to possibly push him further up the field."

Tom Gaus - Forward
5-11 * 175 * Junior
St. Louis, Mo. * University of Tulsa / DeSmet Jesuit H.S. / Scott Gallagher Club

Spent three seasons at Tulsa, redshirting his first year... Last season he started five and played in nine matches, scoring a goal against Marshall to earn "Man of the Match"... Was a four-year letterwinner at DeSmet Jesuit High School... Led his team to a four-year record of 106-35... Scored 18 goals and had 31 assists for 67 career points... As a senior, led DJHS to a third-place Missouri Class 3A state finish... Led his team to a district championship as a freshman and junior, and to a district runner-up finish as a sophomore... Was a three-time first team all-metro Catholic Conference selection and a two-time third-team all-metro honoree... Claimed second-team all-state accolades as a senior... As a senior, was named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top 10 Players to Watch for the under-18 Scott Gallagher Academy... Played in the St. Louis High School All-Star game as a senior... During his junior campaign, his DJHS team was ranked No. 1 in the country.

"Tom is a strong center forward who has the ability to hold up the ball and bring other attacking players into play. He certainly will add another dimension to our attack."

Stephen Koeller - Midfielder
6-0 * 170 * Freshman
St. Louis, Mo. * St. Dominic H.S. / Scott Gallagher Club

A three-time selection to the all-district and all-conference teams in high school... He helped his squad to the Missouri Class 2 State Championship, and earned honorable mention all-state... As a senior he was the team captain and led the squad in scoring while grabbing first-team all-state honors... Played club for Scott Gallagher since 2007, and helped the team to a President's Cup Region 2 title in 2009... Also a member of the honor roll all four years in high school.

"Stephen is an intelligent soccer player who is an excellent passer of the ball. He will compete for a role in the central midfield."

Tom McCarthy - Midfielder
6-0 * 155 * Junior
Kings Lynn, England * Tyler J.C. (Texas)

Led Tyler to an 18-1-4 overall record as a sophomore, finishing third in the nation under head coach Steve Clements... A starter, he scored two goals and had four assists as well... He helped the team to the NJCAA national championship as a freshman, going 20-0-1.

"Tom is an excellent two-way player. Our hope is that we will be able to use him in more of an offensive role, where he will have an opportunity to make and score goals."

Ashley Reece - Midfielder
5-11 * 175 * Sophomore
Manchester, England * Tyler J.C. (Texas)

Led Tyler to an 18-1-4 overall record as a freshman, finishing third in the nation under head coach Steve Clements... He scored seven goals and dished out three assists as a starter in the midfield.

"We look at Ashley as a versatile player. His game exhibits skill and strength. Because of his versatility, he gives us some interesting options in putting our lineup together."

Connor Sparrow - Goalkeeper
6-0 * 160 * Freshman
St. Louis, Mo. * St. John Vianney H.S. / Scott Gallagher Club

Played for head coach Dave Gauvain at Vianney, leading the squad to a 17-6-2 overall record as a senior... He posted 14 shutouts and a 1.03 goals against average to earn first-team all-conference that season as well... He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year and the school's Athlete of the Month as a senior... A four-year starter, he helped the team to conference titles in his freshman and junior campaigns, while taking second in the state as a junior... A member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, he also played for St. Louis Scott Gallagher club and head coach Tim Leonard... He earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Top 11 Academy Players of the Week Award on two occasions as well.

"Connor is a goalkeeper we feel not only possesses the ability to compete for a starting position, but will also be a good keeper for us in the long term."

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