SAINT LEO, Fla. – Head Coach Joel Harrison and the Saint Leo men’s soccer program, officially announced the signing of two incoming freshman, as Aaron Gendreau and Edgar Herrera signed National Letters of Intent.
The Lions are coming off a 2009 campaign in which they tallied a 6-9 overall mark, including a 2-6 Sunshine State Conference record. Saint Leo began the 2009 season 3-1. Unfortunately, a bought with the flu sent the squad on a five-game losing streak that they could not recover from.
The Lions are also dealing with the departure of three seniors. But the addition of the two incoming freshman, along with nine returning starters, have coach Harrison setting lofty goals for his club in 2010. The team looks to return to the top of the conference, and seeks to secure another 10-win season under his leadership.
Also, this incoming freshman duo has links to Saint Leo past, as they are both brothers of former Saint Leo men’s soccer student-athletes. Aaron is the younger brother of Art Gendreau, a Lions left back who graduated in 2009. Edgar is the younger brother of Eusebio Montoya, one of the most prolific scoring forwards in Saint Leo history. Both spent four seasons in the Green & Gold and graduated at the end of the 2009 campaign.
The recent cast of early signees is set to debut in fall of 2010.
Orangewood Christian School
Gendreau excelled at Orangewood Christian School, where he was a six-year starter. Between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, he combined to score 31 goals and was named second team all-district both years. He amassed 17 more goals in 2006, earning the Coaches’ Award before leading his team to the State Final Four.
He exploded for 25 goals in 2007 and chipped in 20 more in 2008. Also during 07-08’ season, he was tabbed first team all-district and second team all-county. The following year was just as successful for the Winter Park, Fla. native, as he earned First Team All-Central Florida, All-District first team, Admiral Cup MVP honors, as well as player of the week and first team all-state notoriety.
Just last season, Gendreau registered 24 goals and was named a team captain. He was named to the FACA All-Star east team and Seminole County All-Star team captain.
In total, he helped lead his team to four State Final Four appearances.
Four Oaks, N.C.
South Johnston High School
Herrera made his mark at South Johnston High School, as well. During his freshman campaign, the forward was named top freshman in the state, tallying 44 goals and adding 14 assists.
The accolades continued the following year in 2007, where he earned Player of the Week honors, was tabbed team MVP, as well as All-Region. Following an injury in 2008, Herrera bounced back with a dominating senior campaign. Aside from earning team MVP honors again, he was named ECC Player-of-the-Year. He was selected to the 3A All-State team and the 2010 Men’s East All-Star Team.
His 158 career goals currently rank him third in North Carolina history.
During his tenure at SJHS, he was named all-conference and all-region three times, as well as all-county in each of his four seasons, including his injury-shortened season of 2008.
On the signings, Coach Harrison stated, “I’m very excited to have Edgar and Aaron committed to us next year. We know we are getting two outstanding young men who will be excellent ambassadors for Saint Leo University. He continued, “They are both very good soccer players and we anticipate their contributions to the program will start from the very beginning.”