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  • DSU Men's Soccer Signs Five for 2014
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    Published - 05/28/14 - 08:09 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Parker Freitag. DSU Photo's
    Parker Freitag. DSU Photo's
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    Hayden Matthews
    Hayden Matthews
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    Salvador (Alex) Galvan
    Salvador (Alex) Galvan
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    Santiago Alejandro
    Santiago Alejandro
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    Bernard Manuel
    Bernard Manuel
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) – The Dixie State men's soccer program officially welcomes five newly signed players to the program, head coach Danny Ortiz announced Tuesday. The new class to join the Red Storm for the 2014 season includes players from three different states and one international athlete. In all, Dixie State has received National Letters of Intent from Parker Freitag, Hayden Matthews, Salvador (Alex) Galvan, Santiago Alejandro and Bernard Manuel.

    "I am very excited to add these young men to our program," Ortiz said. "The freshmen will add some quality depth on the defensive end while the transfers will all add some maturity as well as give us a big boost on the offensive side. It's no secret that we have had our struggles finding the back of the net the past two seasons. I believe that with the addition of this group and the return of Ethan Vandenbosch from his mission, we have taken some big steps in the right direction. I am looking forward to a very exciting 2014 season."

    Freitag, a defender from Layton, comes to DSU after a prep career at Northridge High School. He is a State Cup Champion, was a member of the Utah 95 ODP from 2007-2012, and was in the Region IV ODP Regional Pool in 2012.

    Matthews, a goalkeeper, is a local product and two-time state champion from Dixie High School. The St. George native was a team captain this year for the Flyers and allowed just three goals over his final six matches on Dixie High's run to a Utah 3A championship.

    A midfielder from San Antonio, Texas, Galvan transfers to Dixie State after two years at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. Last year, he was a team captain, scored a goal, and had two assists for the 14-4-1 Tigers.

    He was named to the NJCAA Region XI First Team and was a NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region First-Team selection. As a freshman, he scored two goals and recorded two assists to earn Second Team All-Region. He prepped at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio and won a state championship. Galvan was the team's 2012 MVP while earning First-Team region and state accolades.

    A native of Oakley, Calif., Alejandro comes to DSU after a successful junior college career in Colorado at Otero. Last season, he scored eight goals (four game-winners) and assisted on two other goals for the Region IX champion Rattlers. He was named to the All-Region IX First Team and was an All-West Region Second Team honoree by the NSCAA.

    Manuel, from Ghana, is a goal-scoring forward who transfers to Dixie State after two years at Western Wyoming. He led the Mustangs last season with 11 goals and was twice named the NJCAA Division I National Player of the Week, the first Western Wyoming player to earn that distinction.

    The All-Region First Team Selection also scored four goals in his freshman campaign. Manuel prepped at Elko High School in Nevada, where he was the fifth-ranked player in Nevada by MaxPreps his senior year.

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