Three Sign For Fall Of 2012|
March 9, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Aaron Goo, Jason Khamvongsa and Andrew Sullivan have all signed national letters of intent to play for the UNLV men's soccer team in the fall of 2012, head coach Rich Ryerson announced on Friday. Goo and Khamvongsa are club teammates from Hawaii, while Sullivan is from Las Vegas.
"We are extremely excited about our three additions to the UNLV men's soccer program," said Ryerson. "Each player brings strength power and personality to our team and will each play a big role in our plans for 2012."
Goo, a 5-9 native of Honolulu, played at all four positions for Saint Louis Schools. He earned a total of three all-state honors, including second team as a junior. He posted 35 goals over his career, and earned three all-league honors. Goo played for both the Hawaii Rush, three-time state champions, and most recently, the Honolulu Bulls, two-time state runner-ups. He was a member of the ODP Regional Team IV from 2007-10, and ranked as the No. 1 player in his age group on the ODP Hawaii State team. Goo played three seasons of football as well as a kicker and punter, earning two honorable mentions as a kicker, and second-team honors his senior year after posting 30 catches for 313 yards.
"Goo is a dynamic, attack minded outside defender with an experienced resume competing at the highest level of youth soccer, and we're excited to have him commit to becoming a true Rebel", said Ryerson.
Khamvongsa, a 6-0 athlete is also a Honolulu native. He is currently in the middle of his senior year at Kaiser High, and over his first three years Khamvongsa earned three all-conference honors, including twice first team, and was a first-team selection as a junior when he led the team to a conference championship and state runner-up finish. A teammate of Goo with the Honolulu Bulls, he was also on the ODP Region IV team as well.
"Khamvongsa is a player that we can use at both center back or as a target forward," said Ryerson. "He has a strong athletic frame and huge presence on the field, and has the potential to make an immediate impact on the future of our program", said Ryerson.
The final recruit is 6-1 defender Sullivan. He will be a junior for the Rebels after playing the past two seasons for Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas, where he started at both midfield and defender. A four-year starting defender for Cimarron-Memorial High, he helped the Spartans to the state tournament three times, including a semi-final appearance in 2007. Sullivan played for the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club from 2007-10, who made one state semifinal appearance during his time on the team. He was also a member of the Nevada '92 ODP State team as well.
"Sullivan will play a huge role for us, as he brings two years of experience and leadership to our program," said Ryerson. "A local product, we expect him to challenge our conference physically", said Ryerson.