Men's Soccer: LeBlanc Adds Keeper

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • February 17, 2012 12:42 PM
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MORGANTOWN,W.Va. – Coach Marlon LeBlanc of the WVU men’s soccer team has announced the addition of goalkeeper Kevin Armstrong to the 2012 recruiting class.

"I am elated to add Kevin to the 2012 recruiting class,” LeBlanc says. “Kevin is a good goalkeeper that is currently competing at a very high level with the San Diego Surf Academy in the U.S. Development Academy League.”

A native of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Armstrong currently attends Dana Hills High and plays for Colin Chesters with San Diego Surf Academy. Previously, Armstrong attended Santa Margarita Catholic High.

Armstrong has played two seasons for the Surf Academy and has recorded a total of eight shutouts during that time. This season, Armstrong has started and played in all 12 games for the Surf Academy.

He has also led the team to victories in the 2011 Academy Showcase, as well as the Academy Surf Cup.

“Kevin is long, athletic and explosive,” LeBlanc says. “He has very good reflexes and reacts quickly to make big saves from close range and from deflections. I also think his explosiveness when elevating is exceptional. I really like what Kevin brings to the table and think that he's only going to get better."

Armstrong also spent two years training with Zak Abdel, the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

WVU previously added Haydon Bennett (Chesterfield, Va.), Ryan Cain (Wellington, New Zealand), Francio Henry (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Zak Leedom (Dublin, Ohio), Jamie Merriam (Gaithersburg, Md.), Alessandro Mion (Miami, Fla.), Nick Raskasky (Tacoma, Wash.), Chris Spates (Prince George, Va.) and Kyle Underwood (Aledo, Texas), who all signed on signed day.

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 NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season.