July 13, 2009

Tompkins Announces Class of 2013

Seven Players To Join Roster In Fall

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale men's soccer coach Brian Tompkins will welcome seven freshmen to New Haven this fall. Scott Armburst (Edmond, OK), Kevin Peterson (Sarasota, FL), Frank Shaw (Silver Springs, MD), Bobby Thalman (Greenwood Village, CO), Milan Tica (Schereville IN), Tony Wilbar (Louisville, KY) and Adrian Wright (Rochester Hills, MI) all bring strong credentials.

"We are excited about having these young men join our squad," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "They all possess talent, competitive spirit and high character, and I expect them to make an immediate impression on and off the field. Their contributions will be key to our effectiveness this season, and we are looking forward to integrating them with the returning players in August."

Here is a closer look at the Class of 2013:

Scott Armburst    F/M    5-8    155  Edmond, Okla.   Edmond Memorial HS

Two-time all state selection at Edmond Memorial High School... Team captain as a senior... Finished his career with 24 goals and 34 assists... Helped lead team to state championship as a junior and to state semifinals in his senior year... Played for the Edmond Soccer Club for four years and was a four-time team captain... Played for Tulsa Soccer Club for three years and was two-time team captain... Won two state championships with club teams and the 2008 Blue Chip Tournament in Cincinnati... Father and uncle played tennis at Valparaiso... Grandfather played tennis at Penn State.

"The combination of great Division I soccer and the academic program attracted me to Yale. In addition, the coaching staff and players all seem like great people to work with."

Kevin Peterson   M   5-10   155   Sarasota, Fla.   Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

Four-year starter at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School... Captained and helped lead team to three district titles, a regional championship and the state finals in 2009... Named team MVP in his sophomore and senior seasons...  Captained the Players Club of Tampa Bay, the 2006 Florida state champions... Also played for FC Sarasota and was a member of Florida ODP... Older brother, Dale, will be a junior on the Yale men's soccer team this fall.

"I selected Yale because I wanted to attend a university that would provide a perfect combination of academic rigor and athletic competition."

Frank Shaw     M/D   6-0   170    Silver Spring, Md.   Sidwell Friends School

Scored 53 career goals at the Sidwell Friends School... Three-time all conference selection... Named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post... Selected to the John Warring Memorial All-Tournament team in 2007... Helped lead Sidwell to three conference championships... Played for the Potomac Academy club team, which qualified for the Academy playoffs in 2009... An eagle scout.

"Yale provides the unique combination of high level soccer and education. At Yale every door of opportunity is open to me, both academically and athletically, and I look forward to making the most of them all."

Bobby Thalman     GK     6-5     195     Greenwood Village, Colo.     Colorado Academy

NSCAA/Adidas All Region selection as a senior at Colorado Academy... Named to ESPN Rise All Area Colorado Team... Two-time all-state and all-league selection... Four-year starting goalkeeper for Colorado Academy... Helped lead team to state finals as a senior... Colorado Academy reached quarterfinals in his sophomore year and semifinals in his junior season... Team captain and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior... Played for U18 and U16 Real Colorado US Soccer Development Academy... Team was two-time Western Conference champions and finished fourth in the nation... Sister, Jessie, is a goalkeeper at Gonzaga.

"I chose Yale for its top-level academics along with its Division I soccer program. My final decision was also influenced by the experience and friendliness of the coaches, players and students that I met on campus."

Milan Tica     D     6-4     200    Schererville, Ind.     Morgan Park Academy

Independent School League Player of the Year at Morgan Park Academy... Earned all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune three times... Four-time all-conference selection... Named team MVP three times... Helped lead Morgan Park to a fourth-place finish in the state, the best in school history... Member of the Super Y League national team and the USYSA Region II team... Played for the Chicago Magic Soccer Club, which finished second at the USYSA under-14 national championship... Magic won three regional championships and three State Cups... Has travelled to Spain, Germany, Holland and Belgium with various club teams.

"I selected Yale because of the opportunities available. I am going to play Division I soccer and simultaneously attend one of the best universities in the world. Additionally, the coaching staff and team made me feel welcomed and comfortable from the start of my selection process."

Tony Wilbar    D     6-1    190    Louisville, Ky.    DuPont Manual HS

DuPont Manual High School's all-time leading scorer with 62 career goals... Finished with 37 career assists... Three-time all-state selection... Named to All-District team twice... All-Region selection... Chosen team's Offensive MVP three times... Four-year starter... Served as team captain as a senior... Helped lead DuPont to the 2005 Kentucky state finals... Team was a three-time regional finalist during his career... Played on Kentucky ODP team for five years... Played for Javanon Soccer Club, which won six State Cup championships and was the 2009 Region II Boys U-18 champions... Served as Javanon 91 boys team captain for eight years... Cousin is an actor who co-starred with Shaquille O'Neill in Kazaam and played football at Harvard.

"I chose Yale because it provides me with the opportunity to play soccer at an extremely competitive Division I program, as well as allowing me to attend one of the nation's best colleges. I also felt extremely comfortable on campus from the moment I arrived in New Haven."

Adrian Wright    F/M    5-7    145    Rochester Hills, MI     Detroit Country Day

First team all-state selection as a senior at Detroit Country Day School... Earned honorable mention all-state recognition in 2007... Two-time all-district, all-region and all-area honoree... Helped lead Detroit Country Day to state championships in 2005 and 2007... Also played for the Vardar Soccer Club... Spent 10 days in Costa Rica volunteering in a refugee camp, in a medical clinic and a vacation bible school/soccer camp.

"For me, Yale is a perfect fit. The combination of outstanding academics and a position on the soccer team assured me that Yale was the correct match for me."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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