FORT WAYNE | IPFW head coach Mike Harper has announced the signing of six prep soccer players for the 2013 season, as the Mastodons add Nick Brown, Drake Bowers, Cody Schweitzer, Austin Sibery, Brenden Gonzales, and Stephen Danielian to the roster for next season.
"These six players add some much-needed athleticism to our roster," said head coach Mike Harper. "All the field players are strong and fast and Cody can athletically get to any ball."
Drake Bowers, a forward from Munster High School, was named Second Team All-District in 2013, along with Northwest Crossroads Conference First Team All-League. He was named Second Team All-Conference in 2012, and earned the Scholar Athlete Award every year from 2009 until 2012.
"Drake is a forward who can get behind the opponents back line," said Harper. "He uses his pace very well, and is a solid wide player."
He plays his club soccer for Chicago Fire Developmental Academy, after spending last season with Millennium Soccer Association Vardar U18 team, where he helped the squad to a runner-up finish at the 2012 Indiana State Cup.
Nick Brown, a defender who is attending Waterford Mott H.S., and was named First Team All-State, All-Region, All-District, and All-Conference after his junior season after being named All-District and All-Conference as a sophomore. Due to a US Soccer rule, that took effect last year, Brown was unable to compete for his high school squad due to his playing with the Academy squad.
"Nick adds speed and hard tackling to our back line," said Harper. "He also has the capability of getting forward and posing a threat in the attack."
He currently plays for the NPL U-18 squad, and he was the leading scorer for his Academy U-17 squad the year before, a team that was a state semifinalist, and helped the U-16 squad to a regional runner-up a year earlier.
Cody Schweitzer, a goalkeeper that played for Carroll High School, was named First Team All-Area and All-Conference, and Second Team All-District, helping the squad to a regional championship and a semi-state appearance. He was also named First Team All-Conference as a freshman and sophomore. His senior season he elected to spend the year playing for the Indiana Fire Developmental Academy in Carmel.
"Cody is an athletic goalkeeper who is very good at shot stopping," said Harper. "He controls his box very well by using his athleticism and communication skills."
In the summer of 2012, Schweitzer played for the Fort Wayne Sports Club U23 First Team, after playing for the FWSC U23 Second Team in 2011. His Indiana Fire Developmental Academy squad is currently ranked first in the Mid-America Division, and the defense is ranked seventh nationally by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Austin Sibery, a forward from DeKalb High School, scored 14 goals with 11 assists during his senior season, earning an All-State Third Team nod. He was also named the KPC Media Prep of the Year, First Team All-District, and First Team All-Northeast Hoosier Conference. He also helped lead his team to their first-ever regional title.
"Austin is a strong forward who has a great feel around the net," said Harper. "He can also drop in the midfield and utilize his passing ability."
Sibery plays his club soccer for the Fort Wayne Fever Academy.
Brenden Gonzalez, a midfielder from Bishop Luers High School, scored 12 goals and dished out 10 assists last season for the Knights. He was a First Team All-Summit Athletic Conference selection, while earning one Second Team nod.
"Brenden is very fast and athletic," noted Harper. "He is a strong tackler and is versatile enough to play in the back, midfield, or up top."
Gonzalez plays his club soccer for the Fort Wayne Sports Club Academy Team.
Stephen Danielian, a four-year starter at forward for Lakeland Christian Academy in Winona Lake, Ind., scored 33 goals with eight assists during his senior season, in which he was named team Most Valuable Player. Over his four years with LCA, Danielian scored 80 goals, and he helped his squad to two Indiana Christian State Tournament championships.
"Stephen is a pure goal scorer with pace," said Harper. "He puts opposing teams under pressure by using his speed and timely runs to probe the back line constantly."
He was a member of the 2011 Indiana State Olympic Development program, and participated in the ODP Regional Tournament. He plays his club soccer for the Fort Wayne Fever, helping the team to the 2012 Indiana State Cup.
The 2012 IPFW Mastodon squad went 4-15-1; however, advanced to the Summit League Tournament for the second straight season, and returns five of the top six goal scorers from the team.