Men's soccer adds offensive production with 2002 recruiting class

Sophomore Rawlston Masaniai will be
joined by fellow Mater Dei HS standout
Randy Poggio next season.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—The San Jose State University men's soccer team hopes to address the need for more offensive production with the incoming 2002 recruiting class. The team is adding three forwards, three midfielders and one goalkeeper to address the present and future needs of the team.

Forwards Randy Poggio (Mater Dei HS/Santa Ana, Calif.), Johnny Gonzalez (Culver City HS/Culver City, Calif.) and Trevor Harris (Maria Carillo HS/Santa Rosa, Calif.) should add more offensive power attack. Also new to the team will be midfielders Jose Flores (Mt. Pleasant HS/San Jose, Calif.), Brian Wright (Valencia HS/Valencia, Calif.) and Patrick Schuefler (Harbor HS/Santa Cruz, Calif.). Michael Lawrence (Silverado HS/Las Vegas, Nev.) is the only new goalkeeper in this year's class.

"This recruiting class is outstanding," notes San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair. "We needed to find players who could score more goals for us and I have no doubt that these are the players who can do that for us."

The Spartans tapped into Southern California for three of the new players joining this year's squad. Poggio was the CIF Southern Section Division III "Offensive Player of the Year", and was the Serra League "Offensive Player of the Year" after scoring 27 goals and nine assists in the 2001-02 season for Mater Dei.

Also hailing from Southern California is Johnny Gonzalez. With over 100 goals in his high school career, Gonzalez is just one of 10 players in California state high school history to score more than 100 career goals.

Northern Californians are also part of the mix for the Spartans this year. Harris can play both the forward and midfield positions. A four-year varsity player and three-year captain, Harris was voted his high school's "Most Valuable Player" in 2001 as well as earning first team "All-Empire" and all-league honors.

Flores earned first team "All-CCS" honors last season. Schuefler is an all-CCS player after scoring 10 goals and 19 assists in 23 games last season. Lawrence is slated to be the goalkeeper of the future and played soccer in the San Jose area prior to moving to Las Vegas.

The 2002 Spartan men's soccer season begins on Aug. 25 when the team faces UC Santa Cruz at Spartan Stadium at 7:30 p.m.