Tulsa Men's Soccer Team Inks Four Players to National Letters-of-Intent
Feb. 6, 2008
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa Head Men's Soccer Coach Tom McIntosh announced today the signing of three high school players and one junior-transfer to National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period. The 2008 freshman class includes Blaine Gonsalves, Austin Neil and Benjamin Pettit, while Jonathan Medcalf is a junior-transfer.
"These four guys are a great start to our recruiting class," McIntosh said. "They are going to be able to step in and fill some holes created with the graduation of our four seniors, and make an immediate impact. Not only are these four players very good competitors on the field, they all have excellent character and are very good students academically."
A 6'1" forward from Tulsa, Okla., Jonathan Medcalf is a junior-transfer from Providence College who is already enrolled at TU. While at Providence, Medcalf led his team in goals as a freshman and sophomore for a combined 13 goals, and added two assists for 28 points. He also helped lead Providence to consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. He was named the Big East Freshman of the Week twice in 2006, and in 2007, was a Big East Honor Roll Selection. Medcalf was a four-year letterwinner and two-year team captain at Jenks High School. While at Jenks, he scored 56 goals and had 48 assists to set a school record for goals and points (160). Medcalf led Jenks to a 6A State Championship as a senior, was a four-time all-district and all-conference honoree, and picked up all-state accolades as a senior. He was named to the Tulsa World All-Metro team as a junior and senior, and the Tulsa World Player of the Year as a senior. Medcalf was also a four-year captain of the Oklahoma ODP team, and was a member of the U.S. Youth National Pool.
"Jon is a proven college player," McIntosh said. "He scored 13 goals in just two seasons in one of the toughest soccer conferences in America, the Big East. Jon is a very strong competitor and he'll make an immediate impact up front."
Neil, a 6'3" forward from Broken Arrow High School, is a three-year soccer letterwinner and serves as team co-captain this season. Throughout his career he has tallied seven goals and four assists for 18 points. As a junior, he scored four goals and added three assists in just three games played due to an injury, and posted three goals and an assist as a sophomore. Neil also served as the Tulsa Soccer Club captain for six years, and picked up 2006 Tulsa Thunder Cup Most Valuable Player honors.
"Austin has great size and is very solid in the air," McIntosh said. "He will provide a different presence for us in the forward position. In addition to being good in the air, he holds the ball well and combines well with the rest of the team."
A 6'3" defender from Broken Arrow High School, Pettit is a three-year letterwinner as a member of the boy's soccer team and serves as team co-captain this season. He posted two goals and two assists for four points as a junior, earned all-Frontier 6A and all-district team honors, and was named his team's Defensive Player of the Year. Pettit also served as the junior varsity team captain as a sophomore.
"Ben is exceptional in the air defensively," McIntosh said. "In addition to being good in the air, Ben is also a good one-verse-one defender, and is very comfortable in possession. He will compete immediately for our center back and right back position."
Blaine Gonsalves is a 5'5" forward from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, where he is a member of the Menae's Island Soccer Organization. As a senior, he scored 13 goals and earned seven assists for 33 points. Of his 13 goals, one was a game-winner against Punahou, and another the game-tying goal vs. Kamehameha to advance his team to the MISO finals.
"Blaine has the ability to beat opponents on the dribble, and he is a very good one-verse-one player," McIntosh said. "He is a naturally left-sided player who can turn the corner and create chances for others as well as himself. We look to have him fill the void on the left side created by the graduation of Eric Burkholder."
2008 Tulsa Men's Soccer Signees Name - Pos. - Ht. - Cl. - Hometown (High School) Blaine Gonsalves - F/MF - 5-5 - Fr. - Ewa Beach, Hawaii (Iolani) Jonathan Medcalf - F - 6-1 - Jr. - Tulsa, Okla. (Providence College/Jenks) Austin Neil - F - 6-3 - Fr. - Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow) Benjamin Pettit - D - 6-3 - Fr. - Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow)
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