Men's soccer signees includes two Olympic Development players, twin brothers & two Fresno State transfers

Coach Gary St. Clair feels the 2004
recruiting class has several
"impact" players.
San Jose, Calif.---- Ben Saunders and Jhurell Stephen, two high school seniors with experience in the United States Olympic Development program, are among six who intend to enroll at San Jose State University for the 2004 fall semester and play for the men’s soccer team. The announcement was made by Gary St. Clair, head coach of the Spartans’ men’s soccer team.

In addition to Saunders and Stephen, twin brothers Martin and Richard Galvan of Arcadia (Calif.) High School, and Fresno State University transfers Heber Mora and Marvin Sorto plan to join the 2004 San Jose State team.

"This is the best recruiting class we have had since 1998. Each of these players can challenge for playing time immediately," said St. Clair, who last year led the Spartans to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons. "As a result, we will enjoy the most depth on a team since our 2000 season."

Saunders, currently a senior at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz., played on the Arizona Olympic Development team in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defender is a two-time Class 4A first-team all-state selection. He was his league’s "Player of the Year" in 2004.

Stephen, a senior at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif., was an Olympic Development regional player in 2002 and 2003. Besides playing for his high school-team, the 5-foot-11 forward prospect played club soccer for the San Juan Soccer Rangers.

Both Martin and Richard Galvan were two-time first-team all-league players who played on the Southern California United Soccer Club team that won a 2003 State Cup championship. Martin is projected as a forward while Richard is expected to begin his college career as a defender.

Sorto played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Fresno State, which recently suspended its intercollegiate men’s soccer program. A midfielder, he has played in 39 college games with 22 starting calls. He was second on the 2002 Bulldog team in scoring with two goals and four assists. Sorto, who played in every Fresno State game last season, was not credited with a goal nor an assist.

Mora was a freshman midfielder for Fresno State in 2003. He appeared in 12 games and started seven times. His only goal of the season was in a 2-1 loss to Inidana University. A high school scoring sensation at Fowler (Calif.) High School, he scored 131 goals in four seasons.