German Striker Highlights Men’s Soccer Recruiting Class

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Mark Janzen

July 24, 2013, Langley, BC (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s soccer team mined abroad for its latest diamond as German-born striker Dominic Reinold (Wesseling, Germany) headlines an impressive nine-player recruiting class put together by Spartans head coach Pat Rohla.

Along with Reinold, the 2013 class includes defenders Jonah Reinhart (Langley), Matt Kasteel (North Vancouver, B.C.), and Lucas Solmes (Langley), and midfielders Sebastian Wingfield (Dupont, Wash.), Elie Gindo (Langley), Mitchell Urzinger (Langley), Alex Dalla Zanna (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Joel Friesen (Calgary).

“I am quite excited about this recruiting class,” Rohla said. “We have added some depth to each position and all will push for spots. Dominic and Jonah will be considered for the group of 18 while the others will need to work to get in. Sebastian will be a surprise to some but I think he has the pace to keep teams honest.

“Overall, we have continued to recruit character and ability and this is a group that will improve immensely, as each player has a strong upside for growth. We needed to increase our roster size as injuries plagued us at the Canada West championship last year. These players will fill the void of some keys players who have left and push the group as a whole.”

Dominic Reinold – The 6-foot-3 striker is, as Rohla says, a “program changer.” He’s a dynamic forward who should make an immediate impact. Reinold graduated from Gesamtschule Rodenkirchen in Germany in 2009 and then went on to play two years with NCAA Div. 1 Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In his first year at Fairleigh Dickinson, he was named the NEC (Northeast Conference) and ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Rookie of the Year and was also named a Second Team Freshman All-American. Reinold was also named to the First Team NEC All Conference side in both 2009 and 2010. In 36 NCAA Div. 1 matches, he notched 21 goals and eight assists. Reinold, who was on the All-NEC Academic Honour Roll in both years at Fairleigh Dickinson, plans to study human kinetics at TWU.

Jonah Reinhart – Born in Langley, Reinhart is a 6-foot left back who will has the ability to make an immediate impact on the pitch. Growing up, Reinhart played for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club before eventually moving to the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he graduated from this past spring. In 2012-13, Reinhart played for IMG’s U18/19 team and prior to that, he played for IMG’s U16 team in the US Soccer Academy League. Reinhart plans to study business at TWU.

Sebastian Wingfield – The 5-foot-7 midfielder, who will graduate from Steilacoom High School this year, comes to the Spartans with a scoring pedigree, having led his high school team in goals and assists in each of his last two seasons. At the club level, the versatile and aggressive outside midfielder played with Washington Premier F.C. He plans to study human kinetics at TWU.

Matt Kasteel – The 6-foot-2 North Vancouver product, who graduated this year from Sentinel Secondary, is a durable and competitive defender who will bring organization to the backfield. With his high school side, he was named his team’s MVP this past season. At the club level, he played with Fusion FC and West Van FC. He plans to study pre-medicine at TWU.

Elie Gindo – Gindo is a 6-foot-5 local product who can play in both the midfield and up front. He graduated this year from Bibleway Christian Academy and played his club soccer with Langley United. As a U17 player, Gindo was named the Langley United Youth Soccer Association’s Prospect of the Year. He plans to study business administration at TWU.

Mitchell Urzinger – Another local product, the 5-foot-5, Urzinger is an excellent passing midfielder who is also versatile enough to play outside back. Urzinger, who graduated from Walnut Grove Secondary this spring, played his club soccer with both Langley United and Edmonds United. This past season, as a U18 player, he was named Langley United’s Top Technical and Skilled Player. He plans to study business administration at TWU.

Alex Dalla Zanna – From Coquitlam, the 6-foot-1 Dalla Zanna is an athletic midfielder with good size and quality range on the field who will help build a burgeoning Spartans midfield. Dalla Zanna graduated this past spring from Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School, where he helped his team to a second place showing at the B.C. provincial “AA” championship. He played his club soccer with the North Coquitlam United Soccer Club and, this past season, was named the U18 Boys Metro Select Soccer League’s MVP. He plans to study business at TWU.

Lucas Solmes – The 6-foot-3 graduate of Langley’s Walnut Grove Secondary, is a solid defender who can also play as a holding midfielder. He played with Langley’s metro youth team as well Victoria in the Super Y League. Solmes plans to earn a business undergraduate degree at TWU before eventually pursuing law studies.

Joel Friesen – The 5-foot-11 midfielder, who comes from Calgary, is an athletic individual whose quickness will bode well on the Spartans large home pitch. Friesen graduated from Crescent Heights High School in 2012 and split his club soccer duties between the Calgary Imperials, the Calgary Blizzard and Scotland’s Tyncastle FC. In 2012, he helped his club team win the Alberta outdoor provincial championship. In 2012-13, he guided his indoor club team to a provincial bronze medal. He plans to study sociology at TWU.

Last year, the TWU men’s soccer team finished second in the Canada West Pacific Division with a 9-1-4 record. The Spartans beat Calgary 3-2 in a shootout in the Canada West quarter-finals, before falling to Alberta in the semifinals by a 3-1 count. The Spartans then lost to Saskatchewan 2-1 in the bronze medal match.

Coach Pat Rohla was named the Canada West Coach of the Year while Brayden Gant (first team – Maple Ridge, B.C.), Brayden Volkenant (second team – Surrey, B.C.) and Jarvis Ambaka (second team – Maragoli, Kenya) were named Canada West all-stars. Gant was also named a CIS Second Team All-Star.