(Notre Dame, Ind.) The men's soccer team welcomes five new members to its 2010 class. The signing took place at the Pfeil Center located on the campus of Holy Cross.
Marco Giorgini (Ontario, Canada), Tristan Conner (Kewanna, Ind.), Patrick Gudac (Joliet, Ill.), Justin Palmer (Niles, Mich.), and Ryan Kijurna (Lowell, Ind.) all signed letters of intent in front of friends, family and future teammates at half court in the McKenna Arena.
The newest Saints add to an already impressive list of soccer recruits for the 2010 season. Not short of words, Head Coach Dustan Harley welcomed each recruit to their newest family.
Goalkeeper Marco Giorgini made the trip from Canada for the event. "Marco is a fine goalkeeper from the very successful Toronto Lynx program," said Head Coach Dustan Harley. "Marco comes to us with a wealth of goalkeeping potential and will be able to hone his skills with Coach Gallo over the next four years. Marco and his family were an obvious perfect fit for our program since day one and we are lucky to have them." While attending Holy Cross he plans to earn his bachelor's degree in history.
Tristan Conner a 5'11'' midfielder joins the Saints after playing both soccer and baseball at Winamac Community High School. "Tristan is a fine player that will work hard in any place on the field," said Coach Harley. "Tristan is a versatile player that can hold down the midfield and get out on the attack as well." Conner was a big part of the Warrior team that beat Kouts High School to advance to the sectional championship.
Justin Palmer a varsity soccer and tennis player for Brandywine High School will join the Saints defense next fall. "Justin is another local player that can add depth to our back line," said Coach Harley. "Justin is a very positive young man who always has a smile on his face and will be a great fit with our team."
Ryan Kijurna of Lowell High School will be a versatile player for the Saints soccer program playing both attack and defense. "Ryan is a workhorse of a player that isn't afraid to put in the extra effort on the field," said Harley. "Ryan will be a solid player at Holy Cross and I look forward to seeing him grow over the next four years." He will be working on a bachelor's degree in business while attending Holy Cross.
Patrick Gudac a 6-foot-1 defenseman/midfielder from Joliet Catholic Academy was named honorable mention his senior year for soccer. While attending Joliet Catholic he was also a member of the track team. "Patrick is a very solid defensive back that will make a quick impact on our program," said Harley. "He is very strong in the air, solid in the tackle, and very composed with the ball at his feet. I am excited to be able to guide his development over the next four years."