June 22, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale head coach Brian Tompkins will welcome five freshmen to New Haven this fall. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 2005 season. Yale shared the Ivy League title with Brown and Dartmouth and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA College Cup.
"This is a group with exciting potential and talent," Tompkins said. "They will give us depth at several positions, and it may not take long for one or two of them to break into the lineup as key contributors. They bring skill, enthusiasm and a passion for the game which will be invaluable additions to the squad. I believe they all have the potential to be stars of the future and I am excited to integrate them into the team."
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2010:
Travis Chulick GK Camp Hill, Pa. Camp Hill HS FC Delco
Chulick, a three-time all-state selection, was an NSCAA regional All-American in 2004 at Camp Hill High School. He is the school's all-time leader in career saves, career shutouts and single season shutouts and is in the top-20 in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association history in all three categories. In addition, he was the recipient of an Adidas Golden Glove at the 2005 ODP national championships as he helped his team, EPYSA, to the national title. Chulick played club soccer for FC Delco.
"For me, Yale is the perfect combination of academics and athletics," Chulick said. "Coach Tompkins has a great soccer program that I am excited to be joining. Hopefully my enthusiasm for Yale and Yale soccer will add to the team. I am very grateful for this opportunity."
Casey Logan M/D Cincinnati, Ohio St. Xavier HS Cincinnati United Premier
Logan was the Greater Catholic League Player of the Year at Saint Xavier High School. He also earned first team all-league and all-city honors and was selected third team all-state. As a senior, he captained the team to a second-place finish in the Division I state tournament. He scored eight goals and added 14 assists. Logan played club soccer for Cincinnati Classics Hammer and Cincinnati United Premier.
"When I visited, so many of the students seemed genuinely enthusiastic about life at Yale," Logan said. "I felt very comfortable with the coaches and players, and there seemed to be a lot of camaraderie. As a left-sided defender, I feel that I am a versatile player who can defend as well as get involved in the attack."
Kevin Pope F Lakewood, Fla. George Jenkins HS Brandon Flames
Pope attended Oyster River High School in New Hampshire in his freshman and sophomore years before moving to George Jenkins High School in Florida. In four seasons, he totaled 108 goals and 49 assists. At Jenkins, he was a two-time first team all-state selection, and as a junior set a school record for goals (42) and points (99). At Oyster River, he helped lead the team to a pair of state championships and was a second team all-state selection as a sophomore. Pope played club soccer for Seacoast United (N.H.) and Brandon F.C. (Fla.). In addition, he was selected to the New Hampshire and Florida ODP teams and was selected to the U-16 Super Y League national team.
"I can't wait to start playing for Yale," Pope said. "It will be a great honor to be a part of the Yale tradition and to help lead Yale to great things."
Jordan Raybould M Leawood, Kan. Rockhurst HS KC Legends
Raybould is the second member of his family to play soccer at Yale. His older brother Ryan was captain of the 2004 Bulldogs and is now playing professionally for the MLS's Kansas City Wizards. Jordan was a 2005 NSCAA All Midwest Region selection at Rockhurst High School. He also earned first team all-state, all-district and all-metro honors and was the recipient of the Golden Boot award, presented by the team to the person who most exemplifies leadership, character and ability. Raybould also played club soccer for the K.C. Legends, which was the first non European team to win the Ian Rush Tournament in Wales. He was the Legends' leading scorer. Jordan's older sister, Jillian, plays soccer at Columbia.
"I decided on Yale because I thought it would cut down on fights with my older brother over the Yale-Harvard football game," Raybould said.
Justin Song M San Francisco, Calif. University HS San Juan Sting
Song was a four-time all-league selection at University High School, which won a pair of league and section titles and was ranked sixth in the West by the NSCAA in his senior year. University is the same high school that produced Gage Hills, who will be a senior at Yale in the fall. Song led University in assists in each of his four years and was a three-time team captain. As a senior, he was selected to the NSCAA All-Region team. In addition, Song played club soccer for the San Francisco Earthquakes, De Anza Force and the San Juan Sting. He also was selected to the Cal-North ODP state team in each of the last three years.
"I was attracted to Yale because of the soccer program's dedication to success," Song said. "I think I bring the vision, technical aspects and drive to make an impact."
Also joining the roster this fall is Matt Perille, who will be a junior. Perille attended Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., where he was a two-time first team all-conference selection. As a senior, he was named the team most valuable player, was selected ISHSSA all-sectional and chosen as the Pioneer Press Player of the Year. Perille played club soccer for Park Ridge Premier.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity