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Men's Soccer Inks Three Local Standouts To National Letters-of-Intent
UMBC head men’s soccer coach Pete Caringi announced today the signing of three outstanding local products to national letters-of-intent. One of the nation’s top seniors, Calvert Hall’s Zach Wenger, and a pair of Perry High standouts, Joe Glos and Nick Liberto, plan to attend UMBC in the fall of 2011.
Wenger (pictured, front) is a 6’0”, 165 lb. fullback/midfielder, who captained the Cardinals for three seasons and has competed for the USSDA Baltimore Bays Academy since 2007. He was a Baltimore Sun First Team All-Metro selection in 2010 and earned All-State and All-MIAA First Team honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010. College Soccer News rated Wenger as a “Top Recruit”, while he was ranked No. 23 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer.
The defensive midfielder scored seven goals and added three assists in 2010.
Wenger has been a part of the United States’ national team program since 2006, competing in training camps and friendly matches across the country and in Mexico.
Glos is a 5’11”, 175-lb. forward/midfielder who competed on the varsity level for all four years at Perry Hall. He earned First Team All-State and All-County honors in 2009 and 2010 and was also ranked as a “Top Recruit” by College Soccer News. Glos reached the 50-goal plateau in his career for the Gators and helped the team to the state finals in his freshman and sophomore campaigns.
Wenger and Glos were named to ESPN Rise’s “Starting 11” in the 2010 preview article of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Liberto is a 5’11”, 160-lb. fullback/midfielder who has played alongside Glos for four seasons and co-captained the Perry Hall squad with his future Retriever teammate in 2010. He also earned First Team All-State and All-County honors after his final fall campaign for the Gators.
Glos and Liberto were both named to The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Second Team.
“We are excited about getting three players that will help our program immediately,” Caringi said. “All three currently play with the number one-ranked boys’ club in the country [Baltimore Bays] and we have had a lot of success with their players. Zach and Joe have been ranked in the top 150 in College Soccer News’ top recruits and all three will help us to maintain our national reputation.”
UMBC will try to defend its first-ever America East soccer championship in the fall of 2011. The Retrievers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and compiled a record of 12-4-4 in 2010.