Compared to the women, I've found nearly nothing on Men's Soccer recruiting this year. To an extent that's understandable, since Stu Riddle is replacing only three players, but it all makes sense now, as UB has announced two transfers who will be joining the team for the 2015 spring semester and each have three years of eligibility left.
The first, Scott Doney, is yet another New Zealand native who used his first year of NCAA eligibility to play for Marshall and as a freshman played in 15 matches with seven starts. He scored just one goal, but it's not about the stats: Doney is 6'5" and will be a monster on set pieces and 50/50 balls in the attacking third.
Doney also has international experience, and will represent New Zealand in the U20 World Cup this coming May, after bursting onto the national level as the top scorer in Auckland during high school.
Joseph Kuta is another international addition, but will be moving closer to his home of Mississauga after a year off from college. He'll step into UB's goalie situation and compete with sophomore Cameron Hogg for minutes in the wake of Waleed Cassis' graduation.
In his last stint of competition, Kuta started all but a single game for Robert Morris in 2013 on his way to a 7-7-2 record and 1.32 GAA and .709 SV% - both better than either of Buffalo's goalies in 2014. Like Doney, he has international experience, having played for the Canadian U18 team and in high school led his St. Joan of Arc team to the provincial championship.
Once again, I'm especially glad to see UB recruit internationally. We are located less than three hours from one of the great population centers in the western hemisphere and we should be taking advantage of it. It's also encouraging to pull in players with international experience. We saw the benefits that brought in having Sophie Therien on the women's team for the past four years.
Along with Ryan Aspenleiter, who recently announced his commitment on Twitter, I believe UB has rounded out their recruiting class. If anyone else pops up on February 4th, we'll certainly tell you about it.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Per his twitter, Ryan Aspenleiter of Pittsford-Mendon (Rochester) will play for Stu Riddle next season. Played for the '13 NY Class A title</p>— Bull Run (@UBBullRun) <a href="https://twitter.com/UBBullRun/status/556649634920411136">January 18, 2015</a></blockquote>
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