July 10, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge men's soccer program has added six players for the upcoming 2008 season, head coach Terry Davila announced Thursday. Joining the Matadors and Davila in 2008 will be Cameron Sims, Reuben Rodriguez, Michael Barbeito, Christopher Leiva, Matthew Chavez and Daniel Crandall.
"I am very happy with this recruiting class and its ability to come into the program and contribute immediately," said Davila. "We are adding a lot of experience and depth to our squad and that will help us reach our potential."
Sims and Rodriguez join the Matadors after spending the past two seasons at Mt. San Antonio College. While with the Mounties, the pair was a part of a 22-1-2 team in 2007 that advanced to the semifinals of the California State Championships.
"Cameron is a powerful center forward who goes to goal and has the ability to put points on the board," added Davila. "Reuben can step and play any midfield position and plays with great vision and touch. Both have ample experience playing with Division I players and can contribute and put up points right away."
Barbeito joins the Matadors after spending his freshman and sophomore seasons at The University of San Diego, where he finished with two goals and an assist in the two years.
"Michael brings Division I experience and outstanding playmaking abilities to our midfield," said Davila. "He enjoyed a very successful youth career and really makes others around him better with his vision and touch."
Leiva arrives at Northridge after playing for the Vanguard Lions for his freshman and sophomore campaigns. In his freshman season, he produced eight goals, seven assists and 23 points to lead the team. He followed that performance up with four-goal, seven-assists season in 2007.
"Christopher plays on the outside in the midfield and brings good speed and skill to our program," said Davila. "He played in the PDL for the Seahorses against top competition and brings a great attitude towards goal."
Chavez and Crandall are the team's two incoming freshmen. Chavez comes to Northridge following a successful four-year career at Mater Dei High School, while Crandall played at Los Alamitos during his high school career.
"Matthew will probably see time at left back and both he and Daniel enjoyed a tremendous amount of success while playing for the Irvine Strikers, a top youth squad," said Davila. "Matthew is good at creating separation and making plays from the left back position and Daniel is a prototypical center back, who is very good in the air and a powerful tackler."
Davila and the Matadors start the 2008 season when they host the CSUN Tournament at Matador Soccer Field. First up will be a meeting with the Georgetown Hoyas on Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m., and play Alabama A&M two days later at 2:30 p.m.