By the Helena IR
A new era of Saints soccer begins today at Nelson Stadium. The newly created Carroll College men’s team will face off against Sheridan Community College in an exhibition contest at 4 p.m. Opening the day’s action will be the veteran-laden women’s team at 2 p.m.
The Carroll men, under coach Doug Melo, will hit the road for six games after today, before returning home Sept. 6 to face the University of Great Falls. The women, meanwhile, will play a trio of road games before opening the regular season at home Aug. 19 against the University of Lethbridge.
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By Troy Shockley (Independent Record)
One team came in knowing, for the most part, what it had. The other came in hoping to find out. They both left with shutouts, kicking off a new era of Carroll College soccer with a pair of victories.
The Saints men and women hosted Sheridan Community College in an exhibition doubleheader Friday at Nelson Stadium. It was the first game action of the year for both teams, but the first ever for the newly formed men’s program.
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Carroll College men’s soccer coach Doug Mello has announced that Jared Thielke, formerly of the University of Saint Mary (Kansas) has signed a letter of intent to play for the Fighting Saints.
Thielke, a 6-foot-2 goalkeeper, will be coming to Helena this fall as part of Carroll’s first men’s soccer recruiting class.
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HELENA – Carroll College head men’s soccer coach Doug Mello has announced the singings of four student-athletes, Jose Mena (Costa Rica), Nate Miller (Ridgefield, Wash), Dylan Vazquez (Portland, Ore.) and John Husar (Sheridan Community College, Wyo.) who will join the first-year program next month.
Mena helped his Futeca (Guatemala) club team win the Mayor’s Cup in Las Vegas this past February, which included over 200 teams.
“Jose is a very talented player, he will probably play outside midfield or forward, he had more than a goal per match during the summer, we expect big things out of him as a leader and goal scorer,” Mello said.
Additionally, Jose’s club placed third in three consecutive Surf Cups (San Diego) as the native Costa Rican attended Colegio Internacional de Guatemala for high school.
“Since the first time I met Coach Mello, I felt that we had the same passion and respect for soccer. I´m proud to be part of Coach Mello’s soccer team,” Mena said.
Nate Miller joins the new Carroll College program from Ridgefield High School where he was voted team MVP and was an All-Conference selection for his Ridgefield squad that captured conference, sectional and district championships in 2013.
Miller was a three-year starter and was named all-conference in all three seasons. Miller is a member of the Washington Timbers FC club team and has had an outstanding summer.
“Nate is an important addition to our forward line, he possesses a quick release on his shot and is an accurate passer. His speed and pace puts defenders under siege. We look for him to be a terror around the goal,” Mello said.
Dylan Vazquez of Sunset High School in Portland joins the Fighting Saints. Vazquez was a standout on the soccer pitch and in the classroom as the four-time scholar athlete maintained a 3.96 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“Dylan is a strong defender he brings great versatility to our team, he is strong in the air and possesses great feet. We’re looking for him to help stop our opponent and initiate our attack,” Mello said.
In addition to his academic success, Vazquez was a key member of the Sunset team that finished second in the Metro League in 2013. His club teams captured championships last season in the Beaverton Cup and Lake Oswego Cup.
“Having the opportunity to learn from a veteran coach like Mello with an outstanding history with new soccer programs convinced me Carroll would be a great choice of schools to play for,” Vazquez said.
John Husar a striker from Sheridan Community College comes to Helena after two seasons at Sheridan CC. Husar was selected as a captain in 2013 and was a member of the National Junior College Association of America National Tournament Team in 2012.
“As a defender, we’re expecting John to bring stability as an upperclassmen. He is a good possessor of the ball and is a good man-to-man marker, we’re excited to have him aboard,” Mello said.
Husar, originally from Billings West High School, played on the 2012 Montana State Champion Club Team and played three seasons of Olympic Development Soccer.
“I want to help set the standard high for this team, being a first year program, everyone expects us to be timid and not a threat, I want to prove them wrong,” Husar said.
Carroll College Men’s Soccer will begin its inaugural season Aug. 15 as the Fighting Saints host an exhibition against Sheridan Community College at Nelson Stadium. Frontier Conference play begins Aug. 21 at Westminster.
Carroll College head men’s soccer coach Doug Mello has announced that Adrian White formerly of Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO) has signed a letter of intent to play for the Fighting Saints.
White will be coming to Helena this fall as part of Carroll College’s first-ever men’s soccer recruiting class.
"Adrian is the type of player you can build a new squad around. He is a talented player who makes those around him better,” Mello said.
The 5-foot-9 midfielder originally from Plano, Texas played his prep soccer at Plano Senior High School before attending Fort Lewis and redshirting for the Skyhawks program.
“Adrian is an industrious midfielder that has speed and flair to beat opponents down the wing. I look for big things out of him this season and a bright career ahead. We’re thankful he chose Carroll College,” Mello said.
In high school, White was a member of the U.S. Region III Team as well the North Texas State Team. While in Plano, White played club ball for the U16 Academy Affiliate of FC Dallas as well as for the Dallas Texans U18 Academy Team.
“I will bring a great attitude to the team and also have experience playing at a high level and look forward to being helpful early on,” White said.
White, who has four years of playing eligibility, plans to study pre-physical therapy at Carroll College and is excited to begin not only playing soccer, but also his education in Helena.
“Carroll offers a great education, Helena is wonderful and everyone I have met here so far – the coaches, faculty and staff – have been fantastic,” White added.
White joins two Helena products, Dylan Allen and Isaac Bostrom along with Tristan Powers (Missoula), Connor Brandon (Glacier) and Nathan Boone (Whitefish) as recently announced signees.
The Fighting Saints men’s team will begin play this fall with a full schedule under the direction of recently hired Doug Mello previously of Hendrix College (Arkansas).