Feb. 9, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern head men's soccer coach Tim Lenahan has announced the addition of seven individuals who will join the squad for the 2009 season. The group includes three defenders, two midfielders, a forward and a goalkeeper.
"This is a deep and talented class that is very well-rounded," Lenahan said. "We have added players on all parts of the field, some of whom we expect to help immediately. All the players have great experience as Regional level players and all come from successful high schools. Most importantly, all are character guys with the drive and determination that has been the staple of Northwestern Soccer and our success over the last few years. All seven players attended our summer camp."
Northwestern posted a 15-5-3 record during the 2008 season and made its second appearance in the NCAA quarterfinal round in the last three years.
Profiles of each of the signees follow.
Hometown: Bloomington, Ind.
High School: Bloomington North
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a junior and senior ... Scored 20 goals and had 6 assists as a senior ... Posted 43 goals and 22 assists in three years ... First-team All-State selection as a senior ... Third-team All-State as a junior ... 2008 NSCAA/adidas High School All-Region IV ... Herald Times Player of the Year ... Three-year All-District selection ... All-Conference Indiana ... Led team to three sectional and regional championships ... Two-time Team MVP ... National Honor Society member. Club/ODP: Six-year member of Bloomington Cutters ... Team captured one state championship and had three state runner-up finishes ... 2007 Regional Team Selection ... Played in Austria/Germany tour ... Member of Carmel Development Academy in 2008.
Personal: Born Jarrett Allen Baughman on 2/12/91 ... Son of Mike and Tammy Baughman ... Chose Northwestern over Butler, Harvard, UIC ... Attended Northwestern University College Soccer Training Center in July.
Coach Lenahan on Baughman: "Jarrett has a great combination of size, great feet and tactical awareness. He is very good in the air both in a defensive and attacking role."
Hometown: Ramsey, N.J.
High School: Ramsey
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a junior and senior ... Posted 74 goals and 40 assists in 75 games during high school career in spite of missing most of senior season with broken clavicle ... Scored game-winning goal in state semifinal game and game-tying goal in state title game in 2007 ... Holds career record at Ramsey High for most goals ... 2007 North Jersey Player of the Year ... Two-time team MVP ... 2007 third-team All-State ... 2007 first-team All-State Group 2...Helped guide the Rams to first-ever state championship in 2007 ... National Honor Society Member ... World Language Honor Society Member ... Class Treasurer. Club/ODP: Member of Red Bull Academy ... Member of TSF Academy Wildcats 2005-2008... 2007 Region 1 ODP Team ... Played with Region 1 team in Italy 2008 ... Invited to Super-Y National ODP Camp 2007-2008 ... Named to Super-Y ODP National Team 2008.
Personal: Born Nicholas Joseph Gendron on 6/9/91 ... Son of Nick and Barbara Gendron ... Chose Northwestern over Georgetown, Colgate, Brown, Loyola (Md.) and Lafayette ... Attended the Northwestern One Day Prep Camp and College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan on Gendron: "Nick has really improved over the last two years and his best days as a player are still ahead of him. He has tremendous speed and phenomenal work ethic that will cause defenses fits over the next four years."
Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.
High School: New Trier
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... Team captain as a senior ... Member of state championship teams in 2006 and 2008, including scoring the game-winning goal for New Trier as a senior ... Chicago Tribune first-team All-State ... Three-time all-conference selection ... All-Sectional. Club/ODP: Eight-year member of Trevian Soccer Club/FC United but most recently played on Chicago Fire's Academy team ... Played for Illinois State Team for four years ... Region 2 Regional Pool Player.
Personal: Born Christopher Jay Ritter on 10/29/90 ... Son of Jay and Leslie Ritter ... Chose Northwestern over Michigan, Wisconsin, and Colgate ... Has had numerous relatives attend Northwestern over the years, beginning as far back as the late 1800's ... Attended Northwestern One Day Prep Camp and College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan on Ritter: "Chris has great potential because of his size and his ability to distribute the ball. He showed a real flair for the dramatic in scoring the game-winner for New Trier in the Illinois state championship game. We got a great look at him at our College Soccer Training Center and were very impressed with his overall play."
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Saint Xavier
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Team captain senior year ... Twice named All-District, All-Region and to the State Tournament Team ... 2007 State Tournament Most Valuable Player ... 2007 Kentucky Offensive Player of the Year ... 2007 and 2008 Kentucky State Finals Most Valuable Player ... All-State selection as both a junior and senior. Club/ODP: Nine-year member of Javanon Soccer Club which was the Kentucky State Cup champions five times ... Team captain for six years ... Two-year member of Kentucky ODP. ... Region II Team member who traveled with team to both Orlando and Costa Rica in 2007 and 2008.
Personal: Born Kyle Louis Schickel on 8/13/90 ... Parents Sharon and Chris Schickel. ... Father played collegiate baseball at Bellarmine University. ... Chose Northwestern over Louisville and Kentucky ... Attended Northwestern University College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan on Schickel: "Kyle is a very dynamic attacking player who is good with either foot. He was one of the best players at our College Soccer Training Center and excelled when we saw him with his club team and the Region II team. He will hopefully add to our attack immediately."
Christopher "Tommy" Tombridge
Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
High School: Kickapoo
High School Four-year letterman ... Team captain as a senior ... Posted 12 shutouts and a 0.65 goals-against average ... First-team all-state in 2008 ... Goalkeeper of the year for District, Conference, and Southwest Missouri 2008 ... Team MVP senior year ... National Honor Society member ... Student Council ... Future Business Leaders of America ... Missouri Scholars Academy. Club/ODP: Nine-year member of Springfield Soccer Club ... Two-time Missouri State Cup champions ... Two-time Region II semifinalist.
Personal: Born Christopher Jerome Tombridge on 9/25/91 ... Son of Gary and Terri Tombridge ... Chose Northwestern over Clemson and Tulsa ... Attended the Northwestern University College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan on Tombridge: "Tommy has that great presence that all successful goalkeepers have. Every time we saw him play, he had such a great command of the box. Our goalkeeper coach, Ovidio Felcaro, was very impressed with his work ethic when he attended our camp last summer."
Hometown: Ft. Wayne, Ind.
High School: Canterbury
High School: Four-year letter winner ... Team captain junior and senior years ... 2008 All-Area selection... 2008 first-team All-State selection ... Member of 2006 Indiana state finalists. Club/ODP: Nine-year member of Fort Wayne Fever Academy ... Team was 2007 State Cup Champions and two-time State Cup runner-up ... 2008 Super Y-League National Finalist ... Five- year member of Indiana ODP and four-time captain ... Two-year member of `91 Region II ODP team ... Played with the Region II team on the 2008 Germany/ Austria International Tour and the 2009 Costa Rica International Tour team he captained ... Played on the Region II and Indiana ODP teams with fellow signee Jarrett Baughman.
Personal: Born Michael William Walbridge on 1/12/91 ... Parents are Susan and Gregg Walbridge ... Chose Northwestern over Indiana, Green Bay and Northern Illinois ... Attended Northwestern One Day Prep Camp and College Soccer Training Center.
Coach Lenahan on Wallbridge: "Michael has great athleticism, versatility and is an absolute winner. We got a great look at him when he came to our camp and were really impressed. He will be a great addition at any of the back positions or defensive midfielder."
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
High School: Naperville Central
High School: Four-year letterwinner ... Senior team captain ... 2008 All-Area captain ... Two-time Chicago Tribune All-State selection ... 2007 and 2008 IHSSCA All-State Team ... 2007 and 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-Midwest Region ... 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-American ... Four-year Distinguished Academic Honors Award ... Illinois State Scholar. Club/ODP: Six-year member Chicago Magic Soccer Club ... Three time Illinois State Cup Champions ... Two time Region II Champions ... 2005 Finalist USYSA Nationals ... 2006 Super Y-League National Champions ... Five- year member Illinois ODP ... Four-year member Region II ODP Team ... Played with the Region II Team 2006 Argentina Int'l Tour and the 2007 France International Tour ... 2008 and 2009 Monaco-Magic Soccer Academy.
Personal: Born Timothy Edward Zimmer on 10/31/90 ... Parents Kathy and Mike Zimmer ... Father played collegiate soccer and water polo at the University of the Pacific and is professor at Feinberg School of Medicince at Northwestern... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame, Harvard, Brown and Ohio State ... Attended Northwestern University College Soccer Training Center last July.
Coach Lenahan on Zimmer: "Tim is the whole package. He has great size, intelligence and a tremendous left foot to go with it. He plays with a maturity beyond his years and really understands what it takes to be successful. He has great presence on the field and should be a great addition at left back or left center back."