PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 25, 2013) – Rutgers men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan announced the signing of midfielders Zachary Bialik (Woodbridge, N.J.), Jared Goldstern (Livingston, N.J.), Spencer Hambleton (Scotch Plains, N.J.), Erik Sa (Watchung, N.J.), Andrew Weber (Andover, N.J.), and Jack Young (Saddle River, N.J.) and goalkeepers David Greczek (Fairfield, N.J.) and Mitchell Walier (Holmdel, N.J.) to national letters of intent to play for the Scarlet Knights beginning in the fall of 2013.
“We are very happy with the core of talent and personalities that we currently have returning and with these signings, we wanted to compliment what we have here already so we continue to get better all over the field,” said head coach Dan Donigan. “We brought in some guys that we feel have the ability to step onto the field immediately and have an impact.”
“We want for these student athletes to put their own stamp on the great legacy that has been at Rutgers for a long time,” added Donigan. “This upcoming season will be the 75th year of Rutgers men’s soccer that includes great history and tradition and this is a chance for these players to make their own imprint on Rutgers and our men’s soccer program.”
"We are looking to add one or two more student athletes to this incoming class at a later date. We have a very difficult schedule again this next season and we need to be ready to compete against the very best teams in the nation!"
"I want to also thank my assistant coaches for their diligence and hard work to put this class of student athletes together. It's imperative that we bring the right kind of people into our program and university. We have created a great environment within our program where I feel our guys will enjoy their time and will work incredibly hard to develop as students and as players. This is what our staff works on everyday with the idea it will bring us success on and off the field."
Zachary Bialik MF 5-9 150 Woodbridge, N.J./Wardlaw-Hartridge
First Team All-State NJISAA…First Team All-Greater Middlesex Conference…First Team Prep B…Helped Wardlaw-Hartridge High School to the 2008 New Jersey Cup Championship…Two-time Northeast Pre-Academy League Champion…Three-year member of Mitch-Fit Chelsea US Developmental Academy team…Manchester United Premiere Cup participant…
Donigan on Bialik: “Zak is a very intelligent player with great feet and speed. His speed is something a coach can’t teach and his drive to compete and contribute will allow for him to fight for time in our backfield and/or midfield. Zak can cover ground with his pace and in a wide position, he can cause opponents concern as he gets into the attack from deeper positions on the field.”
Bialik on Choosing Rutgers: “Great athletics, academics and a local school where friend and family are still nearby.”
Jared Goldstern MF/D 5-10 160 Livingston, N.J./Livingston
Two-time Northeast Pre-Academy Cup Champion…Helped Livingston High School to the Liberty Division of Super Essex Conference Championship as a senior with a 16-3-2 record…As a junior, reached the Essex County Tournament Finals…Named Essex County Player of the Week to Watch…Member of the Top Draw Soccer Team of the Month in 2011…Member of the NJSA U16 and U18 Academy teams…
Donigan on Goldstern: "Jared is an athletic defender that reads the game well and is comfortable with the ball on his feet. We are hopeful that Jared can come in and add depth to our back line and ultimately compete for time as a defensive player."
Goldstern on Choosing Rutgers: “I decided on Rutgers because of the combination of athletics and academics.”
David Greczek GK 6-1 175 Fairfield, N.J./West Essex
First Team All-Essex County… All-Super Essex Conference selection… Captain at Match Fit Chelsea FC U18…Member of PDA U 17/18 Academy teams…Starting goalkeeper for the U15 NY Redbulls and developmental player for the NY Redbulls U16…Played in the Mediterranean International Cup and Remes Cup…Father, Christopher Greczek, was a member of the 1992 Kean University NCAA Division III National Championship team…
Donigan on Greczek: “David will come to Rutgers to fight for the starting goalkeeping position. His size and his long arms, coupled with his great foot skills, give him very strong qualities that I look for in a goalkeeper. He is a solid shot stopper and commands his penalty area in traffic. We are hopeful that David will continue to mature as a person and player and provide us with a legitimate, young and talented goalkeeper for years to come.”
Greczek on Choosing Rutgers: “I chose Rutgers University for it prodigious academic resources and to earn my position on the soccer team. I would like to graduate with a degree from Rutgers and to win a National Championship with the soccer team. I strongly believe that Rutgers will provide me with the tools to find a career that I will be passionate about.”
Spencer Hambleton MF/D 5-7 145 Scotch Plains, N.J./St. Benedict
Two-time National Champion and Four-time State Prep Champion… Two-time First Team All-Prep…Ranked No.33 on ESPNHS’s Top 150…ESPN New Jersey All-Star…Anchored a defense that allowed only six goals in 24 matches…Served as captain his senior season…Second Team All-Prep as a sophomore…Member of PDA U-15/16 and U18 Academy Teams…Member of the U-14 and U-15 National Pool…
Donigan on Hambleton: “Spencer was the captain of the #1 team in the country at St. Benedict’s Prep this past season. St. Benedict’s is certainly one of the most legendary high school programs in the country. Spencer brings an attitude of winning along with great leadership qualities. He can play in several positions, however we are looking for him to fill a void in the backline or midfield. Spencer has the ability to become a great two way player for our program and I have 100% confidence that he will find a spot on our team that will make us better. We expect Spencer to play significant minutes as he begins his collegiate career.”
Hambleton on Choosing Rutgers: “I chose RU for its academics and the potential the soccer program has. I wanted to represent the state at the highest athletic level and Rutgers has the best coaches to help me get better as a student and a person.”
Erik Sa MF 5-10 155 Watchung, N.J./Watchung Hill Regional/Seton Hall Prep
Team captain of the Redbulls U-18 Academy team…Member of the US U-15 National Team...Played for the PDA U-16 Academy Team…Member of the US Developmental Academy Select Team in Winter 2009 and Spring 2010…Named Third Team All-State and First Team All-Essex County as a junior…
Donigan on Sa: “Erik has tremendous talent on the ball and will look to impact our midfield which is already pretty solid with players like Mael Corboz, Nate Bruccoleri, JP Correa to name a few. I am very confident that Erik will find his way onto the field because of his maturity and creative abilities on the ball. He has the competitive nature to do what is needed for the team to have success on both sides of the ball.”
Sa on Choosing Rutgers: “From the day I was born, I have been brought up as a fan of Rutgers. With my family, I attended football, basketball and soccer events from an early age. I knew that I would have to consider all my options when decided on a college destination. After visiting Rutgers and talking to the soccer staff, I had no doubts Rutgers was the place for me. I immediately felt comfortable with the coaches and was sure they could help me improve and reach my goals as a soccer player and student.”
Mitchell Walier GK 6-1 175 Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel
Helped Holmdel High School to the New Jersey state championship in 2011 and state finals and Shore Conference finals in 2012 and 2011…Helped Homdel to a 64-8 record in those three seasons…Holds the single season shutout record (16)…Second all-time in career shutouts (29)…First Team All-Shore and All-Monmouth…Third Team All-Sectional…Also holds the school’s triple jump record (44’1”)…
Donigan on Walier: “Mitchell has size and athleticism. I expect that Mitchell will come in and fight for one of the top two spots in our goalkeeper position. Having competition in the goalkeeper position is vital to being a top program and we have several guys that could be the top goalkeeper within our program."
Walier on Choosing Rutgers: “Rutgers University was everything I looked for in a college. It is a big school with an outstanding engineering and business programs, along with a great soccer team. I also love the proximity I will have to my family.”
Andrew Weber MF 5-5 140 Andover, N.J./Newton
Three-time Sussex County Player of the Year…Became the first in county history to receive Player of the Year honors three-times… Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey (SCANJ) Regional All-American…Star Ledger First Team All-State…. Three-time First Team SCANJ All-State… First Team All-State Group 2 as a junior and senior…Third Team All-State Group 2 as sophomore…Four-time First Team All-NJAC…Four-time First Team All-Sussex County…Four-time First Team NJ Herald All-Area… Three-time First Team All-West New Jersey… As a freshman was named Third Team All-West New Jersey…Named Media Player of the Year as a junior and senior…. Three-time NJ Herald “Player to Watch”…Participated in the Senior All-Star Game…Led Newtown High School to a Group 2 state championship, its first soccer state championship in school and country history…Newton High School team captain and MVP as a junior and senior…Played club ball for NJ Rangers and Everton NJ… Selected to play for Matchfit Chelsea Soccer Academy… Trained in England with the Liverpool School Boys and Manchester United Youth Academy.
Donigan on Weber: “Andy is a tireless worker and has the ability to break players down with his foot skills. He has a tremendous desire to compete and will add depth to our midfield and attacking positions. Andy led his high school team to a NJ state championship this past season and showed great leadership and character which will add to what we are trying to build within our program.”
Weber on Choosing Rutgers: “I chose RU because it is not only a great school, but it also provides a world-class collegiate athletic experience. It is a place that is full of great people that will help me reach my full potential not only as an athlete but also a student. Also, it is not too far away from my home and I will be able to stay close with my large family which is extremely important to me.”
Jack Young MF 5-9 165 Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands
Ranked #12 in the region by TopDrawerSoccer.com… Member of FC Westchester US Developmental Academy U16 team…
Donigan on Young: "Jack reminds me of Nate Bruccoleri, a very tough, rugged, feisty defensive midfield player that every team needs. Jack has the ability to get forward into the attack, but more than anything, he's a ball winner in the middle of the field."
Young on Choosing Rutgers: “Besides the outstanding soccer program, the social atmosphere and the fantastic educational values that are available made me extremely confident in my choice of RU.”
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