Paterson Signs With Islanders
April 10, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Nicholas Paterson, a four-year starting midfielder for the UNLV men's soccer team, has signed a contract with the Harrisburg City Islanders FC of the United Soccer League it was announced by the team this week.
"It's a great opportunity to go to a great club like the Islanders," said Paterson. "Several of their players have moved up to the MLS and other leagues over the past few years, and the coaches seem to work hard to help their players move up, so I'm excited about this opportunity to keep advancing my soccer career. I've also played with several of the current players before, and looking for a chance to play with them as a team again."
Paterson joins the Islanders after a stellar career with the Rebels, in which he made a total of 68 appearances while starting 64 contests. He finished at UNLV with four goals and eight assists for 16 points in his career. His best season came in 2006, as he earned second-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors after finishing second on the team in points with nine and first in assists with five.
His final two seasons saw him limited by injuries, but he still made an impact, earning College Soccer News Team of the Week honors after scoring a golden goal in a 2-1 win over No. 21 New Mexico on Nov. 3, 2007. Patterson also added a game-winning goal and a game-winning assists this past season.
Paterson, a native of Mothewell, Scotland, will be playing for the third consecutive summer after spending the past two years with the PDL's elite Des Moines Menace, for whom he scored 15 goals and posted seven assists over 28 games.
The Islanders will begin their 21-game schedule on Saturday, April 18 at the Richmond (Va.) Kickers.