BELLINGHAM, Wash. — (WWVikings.com) Four high school seniors and three junior college sophomores have signed national letters of intent to play men’s soccer at Western Washington University beginning this fall. Making that announcement was Vikings’ head coach Greg Brisbon.
Joining that group are three high school seniors who have accepted offers of admission from WWU.
The NLI signees are defender Nicholas Brundage from Tacoma (Wilson High), forward Jose Castillo from Bellevue (Interlake High), forward Eleazar Galvan from Chelan (Chelan High), forward Jeremiah Lee from Marysville (Glacier Peak High), midfielder Greyden Saunders from Snohomish (Glacier Peak High), forward Adam Talley from Newman Lake (East Valley High) and forward Brady Ulen from Coeur d’Alene, Id. (Post Falls High).
Galvan is transferring from Skagit Valley College, and Talley and Ulen are transferring from North Idaho College.
Rounding out the recruits are forward Taylor Allen from Russellville, Ark., and defenders Nick Morgan and Garrett Strawn, both from Sammamish (Skyline High).
“I am excited about this year’s recruiting class,” said Brisbon. “It’s a good mix of young and experienced players. I believe all of the recruits have a great chance to compete right away and help our program grow into one of the top teams in the conference and one of the top teams in the West Region.”
Allen was a first-team Central Conference all-star as a junior at Russellville High, helping the Cyclones to a Class 6A state title with 19 goals and 12 assists.
“Taylor (Allen) is a forward who has great potential,” Brisbon said. “He can post up and is a very good ball striker. I think Taylor will develop into a very good forward in his four years as a Viking.”
Brundage has played club soccer for Crossfire Premier, Crossfire Academy and Washington Premier.
“Nick (Brundage) is a very good center back with a very high soccer IQ,” said Brisbon. “He is just what we are looking for to fill in our needs in the back line.”
Castillo was a KingCo League all-star as a junior at Interlake High. He played on Crossfire Premier for five years, winning a Washington State Championship Cup title each season and being a US Youth Soccer Farwest Regional Championship semi-finalist in 2011.
“Jose (Castillo) is a forward who is very good in the 18-yard box,” Brisbon said. “He has a nose for the goal and is a very good finisher. I think he will come in right away and contribute with goals and assists.”
Galvan was a first-team Northwest Athletic Conference Northwest Region all-star for the second straight year as a sophomore at Skagit Valley College. He had nine goals and 12 assists for the Cardinals, helping them reach the NWAC Final Four.
Galvan was the Class 1A state Player of the Year as a senior at Chelan High on a state title-winning team. He was a first-team all-Caribou Trail League pick all four years for the Goats, scoring a school-record 120 career goals.
“Eleazar (Galvan) is a very quick, technical player who has the ability to score and assist his teammates,” said Brisbon. “He has a high soccer IQ and can play in the midfield or as a forward.”
Lee was the Washington Soccer Central Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year, both for the second straight season, as a senior at Grace Academy. Twice a WSC all-state pick and a first-team all-league choice for the third straight year, he scored 48 goals and had 12 assists, helping GA to a 14-6 record and the semifinals of Class 1B/2B state tournament.
“Jeremiah (Lee) is a very strong athletic player who is very good technically,” Brisbon said. “He can play anywhere on the field and was a great under the radar find for our program.”
Morgan was a second-team Washington State Soccer Coaches Association Class 4A all-state selection and a first-team KingCo League all-star as a junior at Skyline High. He is in his fourth year of playing club soccer for Eastside FC, being a member of a team that won the Washington Youth Soccer State Championship in 2014.
“Nick (Morgan) has developed so much the past eight months at center back and left back,” said Brisbon. “He is a strong athletic player who likes to get forward. He will be a great addition to our program.”
Saunders is competing for Crossfire Academy this year after being a first-team WSSCA Class 3A All-State, Seattle Times All-Area and Western Conference South Division all-star as a junior at Glacier Peak High. He led the team in scoring with 23 goals and five assists.
“Greyden (Saunders) is a talented midfielder who can play in the middle or on the outside,” Brisbon said. “He is a very technical player who I look forward to watching develop as a Viking in the next four years.”
Strawn helped Skyline High to seven shutouts, the regular-season KingCo League title and the Class 4A state quarterfinals. He was a second-team all-league choice as a sophomore on an 11-1-1 team.
“Garrett (Strawn) comes from a great soccer family,” said Brisbon. “Both of his older brothers are very good soccer players and Garrett has taken pieces of each of their games to fit his own game. Garrett can read the game exceptionally well and should compete right away for the outside back position.”
Talley was the Baden Athlete of the Year for the Northwest Athletic Conference and East Region Player of the Year as a sophomore at North Idaho College on a 17-2-2 team that reached the NWAC final and ranked No.18 nationally. He set a school season scoring record with 20 goals and was named to the South/East Division All-Star game.
Talley was a three-time first-team Greater Northern League all-star at East Valley High.
“Adam (Talley) is a proven goal scorer who I think can come in and contribute right away with goals and assist,” Brisbon said. “He is very fast and has a nose for the goal. He will complement our other recruits and current players very well.”
Ulen was selected to South/East Division all-star team and was a first-team East Region all-star as a sophomore at North Idaho College, finishing with nine goals and two assists. At Post Falls High, he was the Inland Empire League MVP as a senior, earning first-team all-league honors for the fourth straight year.
As a senior, Ulen led Post Falls to league and district titles and the Class 5A state championship.
“Brady (Ulen) is a very athletic strong player who can play in the back or the midfield,” said Brisbon. “Brady has strong leadership qualities and he is a very good defender who puts his team first and will do whatever it takes to win.”
WWU finished 9-8-1 overall last fall, coming within one win of earning the school’s first post-season berth in the NCAA Division II national playoffs.
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Taylor Allen, Forward
Freshman, 5-11, 155, 18, 1/14/97, Russellville, AR
HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain as senior as Russellville High School … First-team Central Conference all-star as junior, helping Cyclones to Class 6A state title … Had 19 goals and 12 assists for 50 points … Team sportsmanship award winner … Helped RHS to state semifinals as sophomore and state championship as freshman … Three-year starter and letter winner … Played club soccer 10 years with Arkansas Valley Soccer Association Arsenal 97 and one season with Westside Capitals … This season has five goals and three assists with Arsenal and five goals and two assists with Westside.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology or take pre-physical therapy program.
Nicholas Brundage, Defender,
Freshman, 6-5, 190, 18, 8/24/96, Tacoma, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Wilson High School, but did not compete there … Played club soccer for Crossfire Premier, Crossfire Academy and Washington Premier … Member of U.S. Soccer Development Academy for one year.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business and marketing … His father, Chris, was swimmer at Michigan State University … His brother, Chris, Jr., played soccer at WWU and University of Washington and now plays professionally in Finland … His sister, Natalie, played volleyball at WWU and at Washington.
Jose Castillo, Forward,
Freshman, 5-10, 155, 17, 08/25/97, Bellevue, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain as senior at Interlake High School … First-team KingCo 2A/3A League all-star as junior and team most inspirational award winner … Second-team all-league as sophomore for Saints … Started and lettered four years … Played on Crossfire Premier team for five years, winning Washington State Championship Cup title each season and being US Youth Soccer Farwest Regional Championship semi-finalist in 2011 … Member of U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2014.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology.
Eleazar Galvan, Forward
Junior, 5-6, 135, 21, 1/11/94, Chelan,WA
COLLEGE: First-team Northwest Athletic Conference Northwest Region all-star for second straight year as sophomore at Skagit Valley College … Had nine goals and 12 assists for Cardinals, leading them to NWAC Final Four … Team captain … As freshman, helped SVCC earn first post-season berth in eight years … Had 11 goals and eight assists … Started and lettered two seasons.
HIGH SCHOOL: Class 1A State Player of the Year as senior at Chelan High School … First-team all-Caribou Trail League and team MVP all four years for Goats, scoring school-record 120 career goals … Team captain for three seasons … Led Chelan to state championship as senior, also winning league and regional titles, with school-record 39 goals … Set school record for fastest goal of 10 seconds … As junior, played on team that was the state runner-up … Started and lettered four years … Played club soccer for Wenatchee Arsenal for three years and was member of Seattle Sounders Olympic Development program in 2010.
PERSONAL: Major is kinesiology
Jeremiah Lee, Forward,
Freshman, 6-4, 185, 17, 8/6/97, Marysville, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Washington Soccer Central Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year, both for second straight season, as senior at Grace Academy … Also WSC all-state pick for second time and first-team all-league for third straight year … WSC Golden Boot winner, scoring 48 goals and having 12 assists for 108 points … Helped Grace Academy to 14-6 record and semifinals of Class 1B/2B state tournament … Team captain for one season and team MVP for two years … Named WSC Senior of the Year, Junior of the Year and Sophomore of the Year … Helped Eagles place second in state as junior, seventh as sophomore and eighth as freshman … Started and lettered four years … Also lettered four years in basketball and three in golf … First-team all-league in basketball as sophomore … Played club soccer for Washington Rush.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business management … Grace Academy ASB Vice-President … 3.98 (4.0 scale) grade point average … His brother, Josh, plays soccer at The Master’s College.
Nick Morgan, Defender
Freshman, 6-1, 170, 18, 12/26/96, Samammish, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain as senior … Second-team Washington State Soccer Coaches Association Class 4A all-state selection and first-team KingCo League all-star as junior at Skyline High School …Team inspirational award winner … Helped Spartans to seven shutouts, regular-season league title and state quarterfinals … Started and lettered two years … Played on junior varsity as sophomore and freshman … In fourth year playing club soccer for Eastside FC, being member of team that won Washington Youth Soccer State Championship in 2014.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology.
Greyden Saunders, Midfielder,
Freshman, 6-1, 165, 18, 8/24/96, Snohomish, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Competing on Crossfire Academy club team this spring … First-team Washington State Soccer Coaches Association Class 3A All-State, Seattle Times All-Area and Western Conference South Division all-star as junior at Glacier Peak High School … Led team in scoring with 23 goals and five assists for 51 points … Helped Grizzlies capture Western Conference South Division title and finish one win shy of trip to state at 13-4-2 … Competed for Crossfire Academy as sophomore … Honorable mention all-league as freshman at Glacier Peak on league championship team … Started and lettered two years … Has played three seasons for Crossfire Academy after seven years on Crossfire Premier.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in business … His father, Stuart, played soccer at Whitworth University.
Garrett Strawn, Defender,
Freshman, 5-9, 155, 18, 1/6/97, Sammamish, WA
HIGH SCHOOL: Team captain as senior at Skyline High School … Honorable mention KingCo 4A League all-star as junior … Helped Spartans to seven shutouts, regular-season league title and state quarterfinals … Second-team all-league as sophomore on 11-1-1 team that won regular-season league championship and reached first round at state … Started and lettered three years … Played club soccer one year at Eastside FC and three years with Washington Premier … Helped Washington Premier to U15 Washington Youth Soccer State Championship and U16 state title.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in biology… One of three soccer-playing brothers, the others being Kaleb, currently competing at Saint Martin’s University, and Travis.
Adam Talley, Forward.
Junior, 5-8, 165, 20, 12/30/94, Newman Lake , WA
COLLEGE: Baden Athlete of the Year for Northwest Athletic Conference and East Region Player of the Year as sophomore at North Idaho College … Named to South/East Division All-star game … Set school season scoring record with 20 goals despite missing five games with concussion … Led Cardinals to 17-2-2 record, NWAC Final and No.18 ranking nationally … Team captain … As freshman, helped team place third at regionals, scoring nine goals … Started and lettered two years … Named to Dean’s List.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Greater Northern League all-star for third straight year as senior at East Valley High School … Led Knights with 15 goals … Twice team captain and Offensive Player of the Year … As junior, set GNL and school scoring records with 25 goals … First-team Washington State Soccer Coaches Association all-state selection as sophomore on team that placed third at Class 2A state tournament … Team offensive MVP, scoring 18 goals … Second-team Greater Spokane League pick as freshman with nine goals … Started and lettered four years, finishing career with 67 goals … Also earned three letters in football … First-team all-league as senior on team that won league title and placed third in state.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in sociology or criminal justice … His stepfather, Jed Moses, played football at University of Montana.
Brady Ulen, Forward,
Junior, 5-11, 175, 19, 5/23/95, Coeur d’Alene, ID
COLLEGE: Selected to Northwest Athletic Conference South/East Division All-star team and first-team East Region all-star as sophomore at North Idaho College … Led Cardinals to 17-2-2 record, NWAC Final and No.18 ranking nationally … Had nine goals and two assists … Played freshman year at Oregon Tech … Honorable mention all-league … Had six goals and two assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Inland Empire League MVP as senior at Post Falls High School, earning first-team all-league honors for fourth straight year … Led Trojans to league and district titles and Class 5A state championship … Team captain … IEL Defender of the Year as junior on league championship squad … As sophomore, helped Trojans to league and district titles and fourth place at state … IEL Newcomer of the Year as freshman on team that won league title and placed sixth at state … Started and lettered four years … Also earned three letters in track.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in psychology … His mother, Cindi, competed in gymnastics at San Jose State University.