Former Bulldog standout Parks to stay home to play college soccer.
Former Rolla High School boys’ soccer standout Austin Parks will stay home to play his collegiate soccer.
Missouri S&T men's soccer coach Gabe Hall has announced the addition of four newcomers - including Parks - to the Miner program for the 2014 season.
The newest members of the Miners are as follows:
AUSTIN PARKS, a 5-11, 155-pound midfielder-defender from Rolla High School: Parks was a second-team all-conference and all-district selection as well as an academic all-state choice at the high school level, where he played for a team that was ranked second in Missouri Class 2 and on the national level. He scored 26 goals in his high school career, including a game-winner in overtime to defeat Joplin in a game to decide the Ozark Conference championship in 2013 and added 20 assists. Parks plans to major in mechanical engineering at Missouri S&T.
"With the addition of Austin, we have added one of the best local players and someone that is a proven winner,' Hall said. "He was a key figure in one of Rolla's best seasons ever and he is coming off winning the Famed Disney Showcase with his SLSG team. We will look to utilize Austin as a winger, his high work rate and ability to run at defenders will give us another dangerous attacker."
MARTIN KLEVJER, a midfielder from Trondheim, Norway: Klevjer joins the S&T program after a successful prep career in Norway. He is described as being a very solid handler of the ball and good offensive player on the front end .
"Martin will bring a wealth of playing experience. Currently, he is playing with one of the top youth teams in Norway and has had interest from the first team, but he wanted to pursue his engineering degree," Hall said. "Martin has the ability to cover a lot of ground on both sides of the ball and when he is in possession he rarely turns the ball over. In the attack we will look for him to bring the front three into the game, while defensively he will be charged with tracking the deep midfield runner."
JARED PECHETTE, a 6-0, 155-pound midfielder-defender from Powers Catholic High School in Grand Blanc, Mich.: Pechette earned first-team all-state and all-region honors following the 2013 season and was also a two-time all-district and all-league selection at the high school level. He finished the recent season with seven goals and eight assists. Powers Catholic won the 2013 Michigan Class 3 state championship, finishing the year with seven straight wins and going unbeaten in its final 13 contests. Pechette plans to major in engineering at Missouri S&T.
"Jared is no stranger to playing meaningful games day in and day out; his WAZA club team competes in the highly competitive U.S. Youth Soccer National League, pitting him against some of the best players in the nation," Hall said. "He mainly plays as either a center back or right back for WAZA. Jared's composure on the ball and ability to play penetrating passes is what sets him apart from other backs."
CHRIS ZDVORAK, a 5-9, 145-pound forward-midfielder from Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo.: Zdvorak, whose older brother, David, will be a senior on the Miner squad next season, comes to Missouri S&T after a season in which he was selected to the all-conference and all-district teams as a second-team choice. He has played for the Futura Academy Team that has won three state championships. Zdvorak, whose father, Bob, also played for the Miners in the early 1980s, plans to major in engineering at Missouri S&T.
"Chris is a dynamic attacking player who consistently finds ways to score goals for his very successful club team, Futura Academy," Hall said. Deployed mainly as a winger, Chris has an exceptional ability to make dangerous runs, stretching the field and putting himself in on goal. With his work rate and movement up top, we expect Chris to give our attack another dimension.
"I could not be more excited about our current commitments," Hall added. "We have added a number of quality players that have a strong history of success both on the field and in the classroom. I look for this class to challenge for minutes and in some cases a starting spot from day one. They will give much needed competition and depth in many areas of the team."