Attacking College :: Jaime Fournier starting in goal for Palomar College

Jaime Fournier, Canyon Crest Academy class of 2017, has earned the starting goalkeeping position at Palomar College in San Diego, California.

Jaime finished his first year at Palomar with an impressive 3.8 GPA while carrying an academically rigorous course load. His goal is to transfer to a four-year mens soccer program and study civil engineering.

View his recruiting profile HERE.

 

UC Davis Men’s Soccer Giving Back

RSF Attack Alumni Rory Link, Jake Haupt and Luke Hazel are having a wonderful Spring soccer season with their UC Davis Men’s Soccer team.

In the midst of their studies and soccer, the team spent an afternoon at Willet Elementary School to hang out and play soccer with local youngsters.

Follow Aggies Soccer on Instagram @UCDavisMensSoccer and Twitter @UCDavisMSOC

Attacking College :: Abby Prager to Lewis and Clark College

Goalkeeper Abby Prager will be playing her college soccer at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Abby led her Attack G99 Elite team to impressive showcase wins in Las Vegas, and was the starting varsity goalkeeper for Mt. Carmel High School all four years.

Her senior year, she was named Palomar League Player of the Year.  With Abby in goal, the Mt. Carmel Sundevils won the school’s first ever girls’ soccer San Diego CIF championship in 2018.

Congratulations Abby!

Go Pioneers!

 

 

Nick Giaclone coming alive in Spring for LMU

After a solid freshman season on the Loyola Marymount NCAA D1 men’s soccer team, RSF Attack alum Nick Giaclone has come alive during the Lion’s Spring season.

#28 Giaclone tallied a brace in his team’s 6-0 win over Hope International University.

Great job, Nick!

Follow LMU soccer on Instagram: Instagram.com/lmusoccer #LIONSTRONG

 

Attacking College: Jake Haupt setting records at Davis

2016-b98web-001The UC Davis Men’s Soccer team has made a habit of scoring quick goals this season, and none have come faster than RSF Attack & Saints Alum Jake Haupt.

Jake worked hard during the pre-season and earned the starting right-back position as a freshman, helping anchor the Aggies’ stingy back line.

On Sept 3 vs Cal State Bakersfield, Jake scored the fastest goal so far this season, putting the ball in the back of the net at the 6:13 mark.

From UCDavisAggies.com:

DON’T BLINK: Or you might miss an Aggie goal. When Mickelson scored just 7:13 into last week’s win over UC Santa Barbara, it marked the fifth time this season that the Aggies have scored in the first 10 minutes of a match and the third-fastest goal scored by a UC Davis player this season. Freshman Jake Haupt (6:13 vs. CSU Bakersfield), Matt Baringer (6:14 vs. LMU), and Kyle Higgins (7:30 vs. San Francisco and 8:02 vs. LMU), all join Mickelson in the club for 2017.

 

 

Emailing a coach: How to make it PERSONAL

College soccer season is incredibly busy, but recruiting never stops. Coaches want to hear from PSAs(Prospective Student Athletes). High schoolers are always told to make their emails “personal,” “make it unique,” “show that you actually did some homework about that school or that team.”

HOW is that done?

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

In this article, you will be given a fish, but you will also be taught HOW to fish for the ingredients to put into your perfect recruiting email.

I am going to pretend that I am a very good 10th grade high school soccer player who is interested in the women’s soccer program at Arizona State University. (If you’re actually a PSA interested in ASU soccer, here’s your fish!) I already know a little bit about the school. I know I’m good enough to play NCAA DI soccer, and that’s my goal. The Tempe area seems cool, and they have a women’s soccer team. I know ASU offers a lot of different majors, but I’m not 100% sure they offer the major I want (for this exercise, I’ll pretend I am interested in Elementary Education).

FIRST STOP: GOOGLE

I Google “Arizona State Majors” and quickly find THIS page, and click on “undergraduate degrees.” I scroll down, and BINGO! Elementary Education!  I bookmark this to save it for later, but for now, all I need to know is that they offer it. Now, when I email the coach, I won’t look like an idiot when I say, “I really want to study Elementary Education, and the program at ASU looks great.”

SECOND STOP: GOOGLE (yes, again)

Now that I have the “student” portion of “student athlete” done, I need to find out more about the women’s soccer team.

  • Coaches’ names
  • Coaches’ bios
  • Team roster
  • Team performance

This will be vital to sending an email that stands out.  This time, I google “ASU women’s soccer.”

Notice that the websites in the google results are different than the academic ASU site.  Most schools have a .com for the school and a different .com for the athletics department.  At this athletics .com, I can quickly find the names and email addresses for the women’s soccer coaching staff. This page will have the most up-to-date contact info for coaches as well — unlike many recruiting services who don’t update their databases right away when a coaching change happens.

I find the names and email addresses for all of the coaches on THIS page. I open up my email, and I start composing an email that includes the top three coaches there (I don’t include the assistant athletic trainer who works with the wrestling team, too).

Coaches are VERY BUSY during soccer season, so I make sure to point out that my email won’t take a lot of time. My email’s subject line includes my name, MY GRAD YEAR, my position, and the fact that I play for a top league in the nation.

After that, I start poking around in their schedule on the ASU Sundevils website. I see that they’ve had some big wins and have some big games coming up. They beat SDSU in overtime. They have a tough game coming up against Oregon State. That’s all interesting, and the SDSU score might be good to bring up in the email. I dig deeper to learn more about the team so I can show the coaches that I really did invest time into learning about their program.

When I click on the main link for “W Soccer,” I can scroll down and see stories that ASU has posted about the team’s games and some about certain players. THIS STORY about Jazmarie Mader really stands out to me. I suffered a concussion earlier in high school, and the recovery taught me a lot. The story also shows me that the head coach is in his first year, emphasizes possession-style play, and plays with two forwards up top. PERFECT! I have lots of information to use in my email now. I go back to my email and start typing.

My email talks quickly about myself, and I include a link to my (SHORT) highlight video.  I talk a bit about Jazmarie, since that really hit home for me.

I’m almost done with my email.

THIRD STOP: SOCIAL MEDIA

I need to wrap up my email with a good sign-off.  Arizona State must have a “catch phrase.”

USC’s is “Fight On!”

University of Texas yells “HOOK ‘EM, Horns!”

I need to find ASU’s phrase, since I’m not quite sure what rabid Sundevils yell.

A quick google search for “ASU Sundevils Twitter” gets me HERE @thesundevils, and there it is.

#ForksUp !

I re-read my email to make sure it’s looking good.

I pointed out that I’ll be in Phoenix in November, and that I kick butt in ECNL.

My club coach’s name and cell phone number is in there, because I know NCAA rules don’t allow ASU coaches to contact me directly this year, but they can call my club coach!

I also noticed that on all of the ASU athletics sites, they call themselves “Sun Devil athletics,” not “Sundevils,” so I fix that little detail in my email. Little mistakes like that can stand out to some coaches.  After a quick prayer, I click “SEND.”

Researching and composing that email took a bit of time, but not a whole lot.

So I had to give up a little time on SnapChat — it’s worth it to work towards my goal of college soccer!

Attacking College: Colie Martin named Pac West Defender of the Week

Colie Martin, RSF Attack and La Costa Canyon alumni, has been named the Pac West Defender of the Week.

Martin helped Biola record a pair of shutout victories in the defensive third as the Eagles improved to 4-2-1 in conference play. Martin also assisted  a goal and scored the game-winner against Chaminade.

Congrats Colie, and Go Eagles!