Men's Soccer Finalizes Incoming Class
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's soccer head coach Bryan Green announced Monday the addition of six players to the Bruin program.
Adriano Balani (Durres, Albania), Dan Brown (Franklin, Tenn.) Rashad Hyacenth (D'Abadie, Trinidad & Tobago), Wes Luvisi (Louisville, Ky.), Zach Peterson (Lisle, Ill.) and Matt Vuylsteke (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) will join the Bruins this fall in the team's inaugural season in the Horizon League.
Balani, one of the top junior players in his native Albania, played for the junior academy of KF Teuta Durres.
"Adriano is a very talented midfielder that will add stability to our team and midfield group," Green said. "His understanding of the game, both offensively and defensively, will be a great addition to our team. Offensively, he plays within himself and is a great distributor of the ball to attacking players. Defensively, he is very good at positioning himself to pick out passes and win tackles."
Brown is an area product who led Battle Ground Academy to championship glory.
"What we really like about Dan is that he is a winner," Green said. "He won a state championship his senior year in both soccer and basketball. Dan will compete for playing time at midfield and in the back. He is a good passer who usually plays the simple pass, but is capable of playing the killer pass as well as getting out of pressure or beating a defender on his own."
Hyacenth is a decorated junior player from the same stomping grounds as Kenwyne Jones of Cardiff City.
"Rashad is a tremendously talented soccer player," Green said. "He can beat players on the dribble with deception or just flat out run past them. He is also a very good passer that looks to play simple and combine with his teammates. He is capable of scoring goals in a variety of ways and will add a new dimension to our team whether he is playing in the midfield or as a forward."
Between the posts, Luvisi helped lead St. Xavier High School to a 2012 Kentucky state championship.
"Wes is a solid goalkeeper who will be able to compete with and push our current goalkeepers," Green said. "He has a great technical foundation to really grow and develop into a very good college goalkeeper during his time here."
Peterson emerged as one of the top players in the Chicago area, tallying six goals and 10 assists as a senior.
"Zach is a very good passer that will compete for time in midfielder," Green said. "He does a great job of finding the ball and starting the attack. His ability to play forward and involve his teammates will make us a balanced and dynamic team."
Vuylsteke is the latest Bruin from the north country, taking part in the U.S. Soccer Development program for Empire Revolution.
"Mattie is a very clever attacking player," Green said. "He is excellent at unbalancing defenders and slipping past them on the dribble or combining with a teammate. His ability in the final third to set a teammate up for a scoring chance, or score a goal on his own will be valuable to our attacking group."