Feb. 7, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head men's soccer coach Tim Lenahan and his staff have announced the addition of six individuals to join the Wildcats for the upcoming 2013 season. Lenahan's recruiting class includes an in-state player from Illinois, two from Pennsylvania, and one each from New Jersey, Minnesota and Missouri.
“This is a talented and very versatile group,” Lenahan said. “We add great speed and athleticism in Nathan Dearth, Mike Roberge and Getenet Worku and some exceptional soccer IQs in Drew Rosenberg, Jeff Hopson and Brandon Medina. All of them have been successful team players with their high school, club team or academy team, winning state and regional championships. All are terrific students from wonderful families. We’ve had three freshmen All-Americans in Nikko Boxall, Tyler Miller and Joey Calistri in the last two years and I would not be surprised if someone from this group achieves that status as well. We are looking forward to having these players as Wildcats for the next four years.”
Complete bios on each of the signees follow.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Montour High School
High School: Four year letter winner … Team captain junior & senior season … Conference Player of the Year 2011 & 2012 … First-Team All-State 2011 & 2012 … All WPIAL Selection 2010, 2011, & 2012 Club/ODP: Seven-year member of Beadling Soccer Club with fellow signee Mike Roberge… Five-year team captain … 2011 & 2012 USYS National Championships … 2011 & 2012 Region I Champions … 2009 & 2010 Region I Semi-Finalists … Three years Region I ODP … Traveled to Costa Rica & Italy twice … 2011 & 2012 Interregional Tournament
Personal: Born Nathaniel Scott Dearth … Son of Randy & Shari Dearth … Has an older brother Ryan … Chose Northwestern over Xavier, Cincinnati, Lafayette, & Brown
Coach Lenahan: “Nate is just a great athlete with an absolute warrior’s mentality and that combination usually lends itself to success at the college level. He has the ability to dominate the air both defensively and in the attack on set pieces. With his skill set and toughness, there is no doubt that he will be a good central defender in the Big Ten before it is all said and done.”
Hometown: Chesterfield, Mo.
High School: St. Louis Priory
High School: Three-year Varsity starter, forgoing his senior year to play USDA … Led Priory to their second only State Championship in 2011 with an undefeated record of 27-0 and #13 rank in U.S. by ESPN Rise ... First-Team All-State …. First Team All-Metro (St. Louis), First Team All-League … ESPN Rise State All-Star ... Team MVP in 2011 … Scored winning goal in State Championship Game and District Championship game … 19 Goals and 19 assists ... Was honored by the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame and received their “Future Star” award for 2012 (one of 2 recipients) …Top-Drawer Top 150 National Recruit, #4 in Midwest ... Club: Eleven-year member of St. Louis Scott Gallagher …Three year-player for USSF Development Academy for SLSG Team … Team Captain for last two years … USDA Academy Playoff berth for SLSG in 2011 … Three-year Missouri State Cup winner (2008-2010) … Regional Champion & National Finalist in 2009 … Regional finalist in 2008 … Disney Junior Showcase Gold Medal Winner in 2009.
Personal: Born John Jeffrey Hopson, Jr. … Son of Jeff and Jane Hopson … Has an older sister, Lauren, and younger brother, Jack…. Chose Northwestern University over Indiana University, SMU and Princeton … Attended Northwestern's College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan: “Jeff was the first of this group to commit to Northwestern back in 2011. He is a great “box to box” midfielder who is tough on the ball and a great connector. He has a good engine and can play centrally, but is versatile enough to play on the flank. We’ve had a great history of players from St. Louis with Dave Roth, ‘08, Geoff Fallon, ‘09 and Kevin Valenta, ’10. Jeff is another good St. Louis player who should have a great career at NU.”
Brandon Medina Ruiz
Hometown: Chicago, Ill (Mexico City, Mexico)
High School: St. Ignatius College Prep
High School: Four year letterwinner … Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year ... Team captain as junior and senior … Top goal scorer as freshman … Three-time All- Conference … All-Sectional … Team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player for three years … Two-time All-State … 2012 NSCAA All-Midwest … 2012 West All-American Team … 2012 NSCAA All-America … Led St. Ignatius to best record in school history in 2012 (20-4-1) … Teammate of current Wildcat Zak Allen … Club/ODP: Four-year member of Raiders FC … Captain all four years … Illinois State Champion 2010 … Midwest Regional League Champion 2010, 2012 … Disney Soccer Showcase Champion 2010, 2011 … Midwest Champion 2012 … National Runner-Up 2012
Personal: Born Brandon Medina Ruiz … Son of Benjamin and Eva Medina… Older brother, Benjamin Jr. attends DePaul University in Chicago and also has a younger brother David … Chose Northwestern over SLU, UIC, Virginia Tech and Georgetown … Attended Northwestern’s College Soccer Training Center (CSTC) and One Day Prep Camp.
Coach Lenahan: “Brandon is just a very good soccer player. He has a great feel for the game and likes getting other players involved in the game. He really caught our eye at the One Day Camp in 2011 and has gotten better every time we have seen him since then. He has great distribution skills, has great service with his left foot and should be able to make an immediate impact at Northwestern.”
Hometown: Murrysville, Pa.
High School: Franklin Regional High School
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Awarded All-Section Honors, and All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Honors in 2011 ... 2011, 2012 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Soccer All-Star … National Honor Society Member ... Club/ODP: Four-year member of Beadling Soccer Club with fellow signee Nathan Dearth ... Leading scorer on the 2011 Region 1 U16 Champions … TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Players to Watch August 2011 … Teammate of fellow NU signee Nate Dearth ... USYS Region 1 Champions 2011 and 2012 ... State Champions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 ... Bronze Medalist at National Championships 2012 … Former Member Penn’s Forest Football Club.
Personal: Born Michael Paul Roberge ... Son of Jim and Tris Roberge ... Older brother, Andrew, younger brother, Jacob ... Chose Northwestern over Xavier, Lafayette, Duquesne and South Florida.
Coach Lenahan: “Mike really caught our eye at the Blue Chip Showcase with his athleticism and pace. He just glides when he runs and really has a great upside. He also is versatile in that he can play up top or any of the flank positions. I’m really interested in watching his development while at Northwestern."
Hometown: Short Hills, N.J.
High School: Millburn High School/The Peddie School
High School: Captain during postgraduate year at Peddie … Named 2012 First Team All-State All-Prep, First Team All MAPL … Captain at Millburn High School … Three-year letterwinner … 2011 All-State selection …Twice All-County and All-Conference selection … 2009 Runner-up State Champion … 2008 State Champion … Three-year class officer…Club/ODP: Three-year member Match Fit Chelsea Academy.
Personal: Born Drew Harris Rosenberg…Son of Marc and Amy Rosenberg … Has an older sister, Blake, and older brother, Alex, who plays college basketball for Columbia and a younger brother, Will … Selected to 2013 USA Open Men’s National Soccer Team Maccabiah Games in Israel with fellow Wildcats Eric Weberman and Scott Lakin … Member of 2009 USA Junior National Soccer Team Maccabiah Games in Israel … Chose Northwestern over Dartmouth and Syracuse … Attended Northwestern’s College Soccer Training Center (CSTC) and One Day Prep Camp.
Coach Lenahan: “Drew really wanted to come to Northwestern and even took a prep school year to continue to develop to make his dream a reality. He has a very cultured left foot, good size and a great feel for the game. He played very well at the recent USSF Academy Showcase in Florida. He has continued to improve and will give us good depth in the central midfield position. It will a big help that he will get to play with Eric Weberman and Scott Lakin at the Maccabiah Games this summer."
Getenet T. Worku
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
High School: Central High School
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a junior... Two-time Minnesota First-Team All-State ... Two-time best player of the year … ESPN Rise 40 best players in Minnesota … Team MVP as a junior ... Led Central to two-straight conference titles … Notched 56 goals and 30 assists over the first three years of high school … National Honor Society Member ... Club/ODP: First Wildcat to hail from Minnesota in over a decade … Three-year member of Minnesota Thunder Academy ... Has played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with Minnesota Thunder Academy since 2011 ... Led Minnesota Thunder Academy to Region II Championship and National Championships in Phoenix in 2011
Personal: Born Getenet Tuji Worku ... Son of Tuji and Ferehiwot Asfaw ... Has younger sister, Feven ... Chose Northwestern over Stanford, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, and Cornell.
Coach Lenahan: “We saw Getenet two summers ago when he led his Minnesota Thunder team to the Region II Championship and he was the best player on the field. He has great quickness and good instincts around the box. He has good versatility and can play up top or as a wide player. In addition to his talents, he has a wonderful personality that will make him a great teammate and one of the more popular student-athletes at Northwestern.”
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