Feb. 8, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown University head men's soccer coach Brian Wiese announced today that four student-athletes have signed letters of intent to join the Hoya program. Erik Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas/John Paul II), David Madison (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect), Brandon Pfluger (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) and Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) will play their first season for Georgetown in the fall of 2008.
"Coming off our first recruiting class which had 11 members, coupled with the fact that we only lose two seniors, we didn't need to sign a big group," said Wiese, who completed his second full season on the sidelines in 2007. "Assistant coaches Zach Samol and Josh Shapiro once again did a great job hand-picking the quality players that we needed. We're adding four tremendous student-athletes that all demonstrate great character and leadership qualities. They certainly fit the perfect mold of a well-rounded Georgetown student-athlete. They will all contribute to the program's success both on and off the field."
Erik Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas/John Paul II) is a 5-9 goalkeeeper that was an All-state first team and All-district selection at John Paul II for Coach Steven Harvey in 2006-07. In addition to his goalkeeping duties, Garciamendez also played on the midfield and was named District Offensive MVP in 2006-07.
Garciamendez also played eight years with the Andromeda 90 club team and coach Oscar Borgarello where he played a major role in his team being ranked in the top three of the North Texas Classic League in scoring defense during his time there. Garciamendez was a part of four straight North Texas Classic League Grand Championships ('05-`08) in addition to being a three-time ('04, '06, `07) North Texas State Cup Championships.
"Erik is young man that attended our elite camp and he stood out among a pretty talented group of goalkeeping campers," said Wiese. "He's has very good technical skills with quick feet. He'll give us tremendous depth along with our returning lettermen Matthew Brutto and Mark Wilbur."
David Madison (Arlington heights, Ill./Prospect) is a 6-2, 160-pound forward that who earned two varsity letters for coaches Kurt Trenkle and Jason Cohen at Prospect High School while playing six years for coach David Richardson and the Sockers F.C.
Madison was starter as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Prospect H.S. earning All-sectional, All-area and All-conference honors in 2006 as he led the team in both goals and assists. In 2005, Madison earned All-sectional and All-conference honors playing mostly in the midfield. Madison didn't play with Prospect High during his senior season, opting to join the Sockers F.C. top talent program.
Madison was a member of the Sockers F.C. club team that won the U.S. club national championship in 2006. He also took part in the U-17 Red Bull National League in 2007 before playing with the Sockers F.C. Academy team in 2008.
In 2006, Madison was the leading goal scorer at the Nike Friendlies (Bradenton, Fla.).
"David is another young man we got to know when he came through our elite camp," said Wiese. "He's incredibly versatile and can help us playing in any of the attacking positions. He's a good decision maker and he doesn't waste his chances in front of the goal. He has the ability to contribute right away."
Brandon Pfluger (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview), a defender, stands at 6-2 and weighs 180 pounds. Pfluger enrolled at Georgetown in the spring of 2008 and is currently working out with the Hoyas in off-season training. He played with the Creekview High School for two years with coach Shane Bybee and was Creekview's second leading scorer as a sophomore when he was the program's first non-senior to be named co-captain. He broke his leg prior to the start of this junior season and elected not to take part in his senior season at Creekview H.S.
Pfluger was an eight-year starter and captain for his Dallas Texans club team. He helped lead the team to championships in 24 of 49 tournaments played, including the Texas State Cup, Disney Showcase (two times), Dallas Cup, Dallas Classic League (four times Grand Champions) and the Region III Premier League (three times). He was the top scoring defender and was named Top 10 overall in the Classic League in 2006. In addition, Pfluger was a five-year starter with the Texas State ODP team and played with the Region III team in the Argentina Adidas International festival.
"Our staff identified Brandon very early in the recruiting process and rated him as one of the top center backs in the country," Wiese said. "He's very mature with exceptional leadership qualities. Brandon has the potential to be one of the top defenders in the BIG EAST. His presence and athleticism will be welcome addition to our back line."
Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Fall) (pronounced OO-che oon-ya-dor) is a 5-9, 160-pound forward was tabbed Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year in 2007 after scoring a school record 42 goals. He is a two-time All-state selection, a two-time Dulles District Player of the Year award winner and a two-time All-metro first team honoree. Onyeador has totaled 101 goals and 34 assists in 71 career high school games with a senior season still to play.
"Uche is a local product who our staff has seen a lot of," said Wiese. "In my 12-plus years on the college soccer scene, he's one of the best goal scorers I've seen coming out of high school. Uche hits great free kicks, shoots with both feet and has the potential to break the all-time scoring record in the state of Virginia. He makes good decisions with the ball and has the potential to a good assist man as well. We feel Uche is a game changer.
Erik Garciamendez (Fairview, Texas/John Paul II), David Madison (Arlington heights, Ill./Prospect), Brandon Pfluger (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) and Uche Onyeador (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls), the Georgetown Class of 2012.