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Originally published: 2014-02-14 15:11:36
Last modified: 2014-02-14 15:11:36

App State men's soccer program announces recruits

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State's men's soccer team announced he signing of seven recruits, including Watauga's Jake Chasteen.

Chasteen, who signed his letter of intent on national signing day on Feb. 5, is one of six new Mountaineers. He is also the lone goalkeeper.

"I've been lucky enough to watch Jake develop as a player and as a person over the past few years," App State coach Matt Nelson said. "He is an athletic, intelligent, hard-working goalkeeper and I feel that he has the potential to develop into a very special player during his career at App State."

Chasteen, who had 19 shutouts in two seasons at Watauga's keeper, is joined by five new teammates. Jeremiah Tshongo, Benjamin Le Gal, Austin Stamey, Cooper Coughlin, Jake Walrath and Zephaniah Ward also signed with the Mountaineers.

Two of the new players are from overseas. Tshongo, a 5-foot-7 defender, is from Hamersley, Western Australia.

Tshongo attended Quinns Baptist College and is a member of the national training center for the past three years. He represented Western Australia in 2010 and 2011 in the NTC Challenge.

"Jeremiah comes to us from the prestigious Australian Institute for Sport in Canberra and the U-17 Australian National team," Nelson said. "His experience, technical ability and his athleticism will add a different dimension to our program. He is a special talent and we are extremely excited to be able to work with Jeremiah for the next four years."

Le Gal is a central midfielder from Neuilly Piasance France. He played with the Villemomble Sport in CFA (fourth division) and U19 Dsr (third division).

The other four recruits are from American high schools. Austin Stamey is a 5-8 forward/midfielder from T.C. Roberson High School. He was a 2013 NSCAA All-American and was all-state in 2012.

Stamey scored 90 goals and dished out 40 assists in his three seasons at Roberson.

"Austin will bring explosiveness to the attacking side of the ball," Nelson said. "He has played at a high level and caught our eye early in the recruiting process.  He is a dynamic attacking player and he brings an ability to play in multiple positions. He will strengthen us wherever we slot him in."

Coughlin is a 6-1 midfielder from Suwanne, Ga. He scored 18 goals and 13 assists in his junior season. He was named all-conference and all-region his senior season at Lambert High School.

Walrath is a 6-1 defender from Hoke County High School, where he was a three-time all-conference and all-region selection. He scored 54 goals and dished out 36 assists in his prep career.

Ward is a 5-10 defender from Charlotte Olympic High School. Ward scored nine goals and had seven assists while playing defense for Olympic.

"Zeph can play either outside back position," Nelson said. "His quickness and tenacity will enable us to leave him (one-on-one) against most wingers we face with confidence that he will not be beaten."