June 29, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale head coach Brian Tompkins will welcome seven freshmen to New Haven this fall. The Class of 2011 includes players from as close as Falmouth, Mass., and from as far as Mexico City.
"I am excited about the potential of the Class of 2011," Tompkins said. "They represent our desire to increase our ability to play creative, attacking soccer. We graduated a large senior class so there will be opportunities for the freshmen to impact play immediately and become mainstays on the team for the next four years."
Here is a closer look at the Class of 2011:
Colin Christman M 5-10 160 Falmouth, Mass. Falmouth HS
Christman was an all-league and All-Cape & Islands selection at Falmouth High School. He also played for the Massachusetts Premier Soccer Cape Cod Crusaders, the 2006 U.S. Club Soccer national champions.
"I chose Yale because I believe it offers the best opportunities and options in all aspects of life," Christman said.
Aden Farina-Henry F 6-2 165 Eugene, Ore. South Eugene HS
Farina-Henry, a four-year starter at South Eugene High School, was named the Southwest Conference Player of the Year as a senior after scoring 23 goals in 14 games. He was also a first team all-state selection. As a junior he scored 16 goals and earned honorable mention all-state and first team all-league recognition. South Eugene was undefeated in league play in his four years and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament three times. Farina-Henry played club soccer for two years with the Westside Metros Storm, which was league champion and state runner-up in 2006 and state champion in 2007. In addition, he spent three years in the Oregon ODP.
"Yale combines a great soccer environment with an excellent undergraduate education in a way that I only found at Yale," Farina-Henry said. "I look forward to contributing to the already successful soccer program and anticipate what I hope will be a very successful and rewarding four years."
Eric Meyer M 6-0 155 Madison, Wis. James Madison Memorial
Meyer was the 2006 Gatorade and WIAA Wisconsin Player of the Year at James Madison Memorial High School. He earned high school All-America recognition and was a first team all-state and all conference selection after scoring 14 goals and adding 13 assists. James Madison won its first state championship and was ranked sixth in the nation. Meyer also took part in the ODP/SYL National camp in 2006 and 2007 and is a member of the Wisconsin ODP. In addition, he played club soccer for Yahura SC, which won the State Cup in 2004 and was a finalist in 2005.
"I wanted a school with great academic and soccer programs," Meyer said. "I like the style of play at Yale with its emphasis on technical skill. I've also heard that New Haven has great pizza."
Dale Peterson M 6-2 155 Sarasota, Fla. Saint Stephens Episcopal School
Peterson was a two-time all-state and all-area selection at the Saint Stephens Episcopal School. An injury in his senior year limited him to two games. He was team captain and selected team most valuable player as a junior. Saint Stephens was ranked first in the state in his sophomore and junior seasons and captured the district championship in 2004. As a freshman, he played for the IMG Soccer Academy. Peterson also played club soccer for Brandon FC, which reached the semifinals of the State Cup, and was a member of the Florida ODP team. Before moving to Florida, he was captain of the New Jersey ODP team and was a Region I pool player. He also lived in Brazil where he played for E.C. Vitoria.
"Aside from the unparalleled academics and rich tradition, Yale stood out to me because of its people," Peterson said. "I felt that more than any other school that I considered, the people at Yale were exceptionally friendly and enthusiastic. Any student that I came into contact with seemed happy, and even eager, to share with me why they enjoyed Yale so much. Any faculty member that I came into contact with was similarly enthusiastic. As far as soccer goes, I thought the team dynamic was great and I also noticed that all of the players genuinely liked and respected Coach Tompkins. Every time I visited, I was impressed with the professionalism and pride of the program."
Brad Rose F 5-9 160 Toronto, Ontario Upper Canada College
Rose scored 90 goals in four years at Upper Canada College and received the Golden Boot Award in 2005 and 2006. He led Upper Canada to three straight league titles and two national titles. In 2006, he was named the MVP at the Canadian National Independent Schools Tournament. Rose also played club soccer for the Dixie 89ers, which won the Ontario Cup in 2004 and 2005 and runner-up in 2006. He also has represented Canada in the Maccabi Games in Israel and has played in more than 25 international matches in Canada, the U.S., Northern Ireland, Wales and Bermuda.
"I chose Yale not only because of the athletic opportunities and the soccer program, but the academic experience as well," Rose said. "Being the only Canadian on the team, I feel that I need to represent my country and show that Canadians can play soccer after all."
Sebastian Serra M 5-9 143 Mexico City, Mexico American School
Serra played only one season at the American School but led the team in assists. American School won the ASOMEX School Tournament for the first time in 20 years and qualified for the final of the Educafut Mexico City High School League Championship. Serra also was the starting center midfielder and captain of Real Madrid in Mexico City, which played in the top youth league in Mexico. In addition, he was a member of the Third Division Herradura Club team and was invited to tryout for the Under-17 Mexican National Team.
"I chose Yale because I could combine studying at one of the top universities in the world with playing soccer at a competitive level," Serra said.
Andy Shorten M 5-10 150 Hudson, Ohio Western Reserve Academy
Shorten was named to the NSCAA High School Boys All-Region IV team as a senior at Western Reserve Academy. He also was selected as the Tri-County League MVP and earned first team all-state honors after scoring 32 goals and adding 13 assists. Western Reserve shared the league championship, had a final record of 19-1-1 and was undefeated in Ohio. Shorten was the team captain as a senior and received the school's Gold Medal for Soccer. In addition, he played for the Everest club team.
"I think Yale will be the perfect balance between academics and athletics," Shorten said. "It will be challenging, however the players and coaches seem to understand that there is life beyond soccer. Also all the coaches and players are great guys, and I can't ask for much else."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity