IU soccer announces 2013 recruiting class


Here’s the release from the Indiana University men’s soccer team on the 2013 recruiting class:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced today that forward Sean Cowdrey (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha Catholic), defender Billy McConnell (Richboro, Pa./Council RockNorth), forward Tommy Thompson (Loomis, Calif./Granite Bay) and goalkeeper Colin Webb (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their soccer careers with the Hoosiers.

They join Tanner Thompson (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay) and Michael Galullo (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) in the 2013 class. Thompson and Galullo enrolled at IU in January. The Hoosiers also added junior transfer Dylan Mares (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community/Louisville) in January.

“We have a great group joining us next year,” said head coach Todd Yeagley. “All of these guys bring a little different dynamic to our team. Most importantly we were able to fill some specific needs up the center of the field, where we lose some key players that helped us on our run to the championship. With this group the foundation is in place, along with our returnees, for the years ahead.”

Cowdrey is a high school All-American out of DeMatha Catholic. A first-team all-conference and all-county selection, Cowdrey finished his career with 44 goals and 25 assists, and was the leading goal scorer in the Metro DC area his junior year. In 2011 DeMatha won a national title and the school holds the record for the longest winning streak, currently at 64matches.

Cowdrey was selected to the 2012 High School All-American game, following in the footsteps of 2011 participant Femi Hollinger-Janzen who recently completed his freshman season at IU. His older brother, Keith, played soccer at Santa Clara (2008-09) and High Point (2010-12), while his cousin A.J. Godbolt played at Maryland (2002-06).

McConnell has played club ball with Players Development Academy (PDA) and led the Philadelphia Union U17 team to the Generation adidas Cup title this past August, playing center back. McConnell has also seen action in Philadelphia Union reserve matches.

McConnell played three seasons of high school soccer at Council Rock North, helping the Indians to Pennsylvania state semifinals appearance in 2011.

Thompson scored 29 goals and 12 assists as a freshman at Granite Bay High School, helping the Grizzlies to a 26-0-1 record in 2010-11. That is the most goals ever scored by a Granite Bay freshman. As a sophomore he put up numbers of 23 goals and nine assists, with a team record of 20-3-4. Thompson’s high school career was cut short due to an injury his junior season, but during his two-year career he led Granite Bay to a league title, sectional championship and a season-ending ranking of No. 5 in the nation.

Thompson is the son of IU Hall of Famer Gregg Thompson, who co-captained IU’s first NCAA title team in 1982, scoring both goals in the 2-1, eight-overtime win over Duke. He is also the younger brother of current Hoosier Tanner Thompson. His cousin, Bobby De St. Aubin, also played for the Hoosiers and was part of the 2000 and 2001 College Cup teams.

Webb was a member of the U-15 and U-17 National Team pools and was named the Golden Glove winner at the 2010 ODP National Championship as the California – South 1994 Boys won the title. A two-time Cal South State champion, Webb was also a two-time U.S. Soccer National League Champion and a two-time U.S. Soccer national finalist

A member of the Albion SC club team, Webb has experience training at Tottenham Hotspurs Academy in London and at Sporting Lisbon Academy in Lisbon, Portugal and Zico FC in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Indiana is just two months removed from its eighth national championship, defeating Georgetown in the title game by a 1-0 score on Dec. 9 to finish the year at 16-5-3. The Hoosiers return eightstarters from that championship team, including first-team All-Big Ten midfielder A.J. Corrado and second-team All-Big Ten honorees Nikita Kotlov and Jacob Bushue.

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