Sports Information Director
(Notre Dame, Ind.) Saints head coach Omar Gallo is pleased to announce that Anesu Tabengwa and Iain McTurk will continue their studies at Holy Cross College in the fall of 2013. The addition of both players adds to a very deep recruiting class that Coach Gallo has brought in for the upcoming season.
"Both players will play a major factor for our team this upcoming season," coach Gallo Stated. "We are expecting both players to come in and have an immediate impact. Our goal this year was to bring in players with much more soccer experience, and I believe we are well on track with the recruits we've signed."
Anesu is a quick winger with incredible ball control. His ability to understand the play and knowing when to make the runs will cause confusion for defenders. Off the field, Anesu is a hard working individual who has already proven to the coaching staff that nothing is good enough. He's a very determined individual who represents his family well and serves as an older sibling.
"Anesu's respect for his family is very noticeable," continued Gallo. "When I met him he informed me that his goal was to come here and receive an education while playing soccer to have a better life for his family. He also said he wants to be a prime example for his siblings so they follow in his shoes. This is the type of athlete we want to join our program, and I'm excited that Anesu will bring all the positive attributes both on and off the field to Holy Cross."
"Anesu is a very quick and incisive wide midfielder who plays the game with real verve and energy," stated Coach David Binnie. "He is capable of creating and scoring goals and is known for his passion for the game as he loves to play with a smile on his face. "He is the type of players who will excite Saints fans and bring a real attacking edge to the team."
Anesu hails from Dunfermline, Scotland and played his club soccer with Cowdenbeath FC, who are managed by former Scottish World Cup Player Colin Cameron.
Iain McTurk becomes the second goalkeeper to sign with the Saints for the 2013 season.
"Iain is an outstanding goalkeeper," stated Gallo. "I may have been a bit biased when recruiting this position because of my past, but what I have learned is that you can never have too many goalkeepers.
"His ability to make himself big in goal is what really attracted me to him. His aggressiveness and ability to challenge attackers one-on-one will give us a boost. We are excited to be bringing in a player at this caliber for the upcoming season."
Off the field, Iain is very involved with his community. He enjoys working with kids and helping them develop in soccer. His goal is to continue that once he arrives at Holy Cross. Iain plans on devoting his time to help train young goalkeepers in the area. "It's great knowing that Iain wants to come to Holy Cross and make an impact not only in school, but in the community," continued Gallo. "I couldn't ask for anything else of a player."
"Iain is a very good goalkeeper who is known for his agility and quickness off his line to prevent strikers from getting shots on goal," stated former coach David Binnie. "He has very good handling and is confident in everything he does. He will join the Saints on the back of a very successful season with the Spartans who recently won the Edinburgh Challenge Cup. Saints fans can expect a goalkeeper who will give them 100% commitment and someone who will bring a strong winning mentality to the program."
Iain is a Danish goalkeeper who joins the Saints from the Scottish capital Edinburgh, and represents East of Scotland League side-Spartans FC.