Four more student-athletes to join UNCG men's soccer squad
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro men’s soccer coach Michael Parker stated Monday that Travis Young, Chad Janda, Matt Strine and Chris Denuna have announced their intention to enroll at UNCG and participate on the team beginning next fall.
The four are expected to join an incoming class of eight student-athletes who committed during the National Letter of Intent program’s signing period last month.
Young will transfer from Kentucky, where he played 17 matches with 11 starts last season. Young recorded two goals and one assist for five points. A native of Raleigh, NC, Young attended Ravenscroft HS where he was a two-time all-state selection and earned Triangle Independent Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors in 2004. He graduated as the second-leading scorer in conference history. He played for coach Al Pastore’s Triangle Futbol Club and was a member of the U.S. National Team under-16 squad and North Carolina’s ODP program in 2000 and 2004. He is also a past participant of the adidas ESP camps. Young was a midfielder at Kentucky, but is expected to move forward at UNCG.
Strine is currently a midfielder at Klein Oak HS in Spring, TX. He earned all-district, all-area and all-state honors as a junior. He plays club soccer for the Houston Texans and head coach Lee Baker. His club squad has won the state title each of the last three years and also won a regional title and finished third nationally in 2004. They were a Disney finalist in 2005.
Denuna is a product of St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metiarie, LA, where he earned five varsity letters. He is a two-time all-state and four-time all-district selection. Denuna has played club soccer for the Lafreniere Soccer Club, New Orleans Soccer Academy and the New Orleans Shell Shockers. He was a Super Y-League Regional Pool Team selection and a Louisiana ODP selection.
Janda is a goalkeeper from Athens Drive HS in Raleigh, NC. A three-year letterwinner, he earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior and also earned Academic All-Conference. He was a member of the North Carolina ODP program in 2003 and 2004 and won state titles with the CASL club team in 2004 and 2005.
UNC Greensboro finished last season with a 16-6-1 mark overall, 5-1-0 in conference play. The Spartans shared the Southern Conference regular season title and won the SoCon Tournament title. UNCG advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s third round for the second straight season, defeating James Madison and Virginia Tech. The Spartans graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, including four starters, but return their top two scorers in All-Americans Randi Patterson and Scott Jones.
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