02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 19:00
'Our 2018 class is a special group of young men,' said , Head Coach of the `Runners. 'They are a perfect fit for our program and our shared aspirations. This group targets the specific positions we need to improve and each one will instantly make us a more complete team. We are encouraged by the maturity of this group and their preparedness to be top student-athletes. We are delighted they choose CSUB and we are confident that they will be leaders in our future success.'
Rodrigo Sarmiento is a native of Oceanside, Calif., but spent the past three years as a member of the Oregon State squad. The goalkeeper came to CSUB this spring and will have two years left to compete with the `Runners. Sarmiento was a standout goalie at Oceanside High School where he earned Valley League MVP honors and was named to the All-San Diego team. He still holds OHS records for most clean sheets in a season (15) and a career (26).
Charlie Wilcox, who hails from Maple Valley, Wash., where he competed for Tahoma High School. Wilcox was named First Team All-State, All-League, and League MVP in his senior season. The 6-foot-1 defender was coached by Roy Lassiter at Pac Northwest SC before being recruited to the U19 Sounders Academy. Wilcox came to CSUB this spring and has made an immediate impact on the `Runner back line.
The first of the spring NLI signees, Carlos Armendariz is set to graduate from Stuart Hall High School in San Francisco this spring. The midfielder/forward only played for the Knights one year, choosing to focus on club soccer. Armendariz has been the captain of Juventus Academy (now known as SVSA) for the past four years and was a Top 10 goal scorer in the Western Conference of the USSDA last season.
Kendall Burks is a 6-foot-2 centerback coming to CSUB by way of Tacoma, Wash. The incoming freshman enjoyed a slew of accolades while competing with Stadium High School including All-League, All-State, and All-Region honors. Burks also helped the Washington Premier FC club win four State Championships during his prep career.
Ryan Goldsmith will transfer in from Louisburg College in North Carolina to become a `Runner. The native of Cork, Ireland was named First Team All-Conference this past season while tallying 10 goals and 18 assists for the Hurricanes. Goldsmith also had National Team experience, representing the Republic of Ireland in the U19 European Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Francisco Gomez will graduate from Corona High School in Southern Californian before heading to CSUB. A highly-recruited forward with height and pace, he developed by Corinthians SC alongside future teammate . Gomez also led his high school squad to a 16-5-2 record in his senior season and a 6-3-1 league record.
Justin Markus is another future `Runner that opted away from high school soccer to spend time with a travel squad. Markus has been a member of SC Del Sol out of Phoenix, Ariz. since 2012. While competing with the club, Markus has helped the team rise to its current rank of 10th in the nation while excelling in the classroom to a 4.25 GPA, eighth-best in his entire class.
Another player with international experience, Niall Owens will leave his home country of Northern Ireland and become a `Runner. Owens already boasts 30 caps for the Northern Ireland National Team at the U15 through U19 levels. The incoming freshman helped lead his squad to play in the U17 European Championship Qualifying Round in 2016 and was named Northern Ireland U18 Player of the Year in 2017.
The Roadrunners are already training for a busy spring schedule during which will travel to face UC Berkeley Mar. 3 and host UC Santa Barbara Apr. 6 at the Main Soccer Field. Keep on the lookout for more exciting news to come from CSUB men's soccer.