Men's Soccer: WVU Adds Raskasky

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • January 09, 2012 12:00 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Coach Marlon LeBlanc has announced the addition of Nick Raskasky (Tacoma, Wash.) to the West Virginia University men’s soccer program. The freshman is enrolled at WVU this spring 2012 semester.

“I’m excited to welcome Nick to the Mountaineer family,” LeBlanc says. “Nick is an excellent prospect and we expect him to make an immediate impact in our program. He’s a good player, a good student and most importantly he has good character. All of those ingredients will surely lead to a successful career.”

Raskasky was most recently a member of the Seattle Sounders FC Academy, playing for coaches Dick McCormick and Sean Henderson as a right back.

“We are very happy for Nick and his new adventure at West Virginia,” says Darren Sawatzky Director of Seattle Sounders FC Youth Development. “This opportunity is a testament to a lot of hard work and perseverance from a young man over the past couple of years.”

Previously, Raskasky was a member of Crossfire Premier Soccer Club (2009-2010) and Washington Premier FC (2006-08). With Washington Premier FC, Raskasky was a 2008 USYSA state championship finalist, as well as winning the Surf Cup and state championship in 2007. The team was also a USYSA Region IV semifinalist in 2007.

He also was a member of the Washington Olympic Development Program team and attended the Region IV camps from 2006-09, winning the Region IV Championship in 2009. Raskasky also attended the Nike Friendship Cup in 2006 and 2009, along with the Colorado Showcase in 2007.

As a four-year starter at forward for coach John Baretta at Stadium High, Raskasky was a state semifinalist in 2011 and a quarterfinalist in 2009. Raskasky also led the squad to a 2009 Narrows League championship.

West Virginia finished the 2011 season with an 11-8-1 record, 6-3-0 in BIG EAST play. The Mountaineers advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season and return 73 of its 81 points from last season.