Feb. 9, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. -
UC Davis men's soccer coach Dwayne Shaffer has announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the most recent signing period. Taylor Aungst, Dan Campbell, Ian Conklin, Juan Hernandez, Jacob Mogelson and Jordan Vanderpoorten have committed to attend UC Davis beginning in the fall of 2005.
"Our objective with this recruiting class was to improve our overall talent base, athleticism and team speed," said Aggie head coach Dwayne Shaffer. "We certainly accomplished that with this group of student-athletes.
"We had three overall priorities during this recruiting process," Shaffer continued. "One, to recruit defenders that had good size, strength and most important, speed. Another priority was to replace Ryan Shaw and recruit attacking players that possess the speed and quickness to break down defenders as well as get in behind a defense. We also needed to replace our two starting midfielders with technically gifted players who could hold possession and distribute the ball. We feel we have accomplished our needs with this group of signees."
Aungst attends El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. A four-year starter on the varsity soccer team, he helped his team to the 2003 South Coast League title and a semifinal showing at the Southern Section tournament. In 2004 he received the 2004 Silver Boot Award, signifying the top assist man in the South Coast League. He also earned all-SCL honors each season and was a two-time team captain. Aungst plays club soccer for Mission Viejo Pateadores, one of the top club teams in the nation. Pateadores reached the finals of the 2004 Raleigh Shootout and is a four-time State Cup finalist.
Conklin attends California High School in San Ramon, Calif. A three-year letterwinner, he has led his team to a 12-3-2 record so far this season, including a 6-1-1 mark in East Bay Athletic League play. Last season he led the EBAL in scoring and was an All-EBAL first-team selection while leading CHS to the North Coast Section semifinals. This season he has continued as the league's leading scorer, through mid-January, and late last month returned from Florida where he attended the Super Y League National Camp. He helped lead his Diablo Valley Soccer Club to the Super Y League Regional Championship and the Golden State Soccer title. Academically, Conklin is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, a NCS scholar-athlete and a governors scholarship recipient in math.
Campbell attends Benicia High School in Benicia, Calif. He has earned three varsity letters in soccer , one is basketball and three in track, setting the school record in the latter, posting a 6-feet, 5-inch mark in the high jump last spring. This past soccer season he led Benicia to a 14-1 record and the Solano Country Athletic Conference title, picking up league MVP honors along the way. That followed a junior season in which Benicia went 15-0, winning the league title, while earning All-SCAC honors. On the track, he set the school record for the mile as a sophomore and captured the league title and finished sixth in the section in the high jump. Campbell, whose parents both graduated from UC Davis, played his club soccer for Tri Valley United.
Hernandez attends William S. Hart High School in Newhall. He has earned three varsity letters in soccer at his midfield position as he helped Newhall to a pair of Foothill League titles. Currently, his team boasts a 20-1-3 record this season in which he has scored seven goals with 18 assists. That followed a junior year of 10 goals and 15 assists. A member of the Southern California United soccer team, he has been on numerous state and region ODP teams and was a member of the United States Under 16 national team. Additionally, his Region IV ODP team travelled to Leipzig, Germany while his state ODP team spent part of 2004 playing in England. Hernandez is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation.
Mogelson attends Sonoma Valley High School in Sonoma, Calif. A four-year letterwinner, he was a starting central defender and garnered team and league defensive MVP honors as a senior last fall, where Sonoma Valley lost in the finals of the North Coast Section Championships. Mogelson played club soccer for the Santa Rosa United Magic, which captured the U16 Super Y National Championship in 2003 and is the defending Cal North State Cup champion.
Vanderpoorten attends Damien High School in La Verne, Calif.. In 2004, he led Damien to a quarterfinal showing at the Division I Southern Section championships while also finishing fourth at the 2003 Southern Section track and field championships in the 3000 hurdles.
Vanderpoorten plays club soccer for the Arsenal Futbol Club in Alta Loma and is a member of the California and Region IV Olympic Development teams, with his Region IV team travelling to Germany last summer. On both squads he was a teammate of fellow signee Juan Hernandez.
"This recruiting class reflects the progress of our program as we continue the transition to the Division I level," said Shaffer.