2012 Recruiting Class Lands Top 20 Spot From College Soccer News
Aug. 7, 2012
CINCINNATI - The 2012 recruiting class for the two-time defending Atlantic 10 Champion Xavier men's soccer team was recently named the 18th-best incoming class in the nation by College Soccer News.
The class is the third-straight under head coach Andy Fleming, who has revitalized the program, to receive a spot in the annual rankings. The Musketeers' first class under Fleming was ranked 40th in 2010 and 29th in the nation last year.
Seven members make up the recruiting class that includes three All-Americans, one Gatorade Player of the Year, and Ohio's all-time leading goal scorer. Individually ranked by College Soccer News in its top 165 players in the class of 2012 were Neil Henley (#72) and Rhodes Moore (#108). The other members of the heralded class include Tyler Graziani, Calum Latham, Kyle Martin, Chris Moore, and Vince Shaw.
Fleming's first two recruiting classes have been vital in turning around a struggling program. After winning five games in the two years prior to Fleming's arrival, Xavier has won 22 matches - the most in any two-year stretch - and set numerous school records.
Additionally the team won its first two Atlantic 10 titles and appeared in the program's first NCAA Tournament matches.
Last season Xavier posted a 12-5-4 record, attained its first NSCAA national ranking, and were in the regional polls for 14 consecutive weeks.