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Originally published: 2012-06-28 09:43:30
Last modified: 2012-06-28 09:46:32

LMC men’s soccer inks four

Jamie Shell / (sports@averyjournal.com)

Men’s soccer inks four

Four student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend LMC and play men’s soccer this fall, announced Bobcat head coach Lee Squires.

James Abraham, Brandon Starling, Matthew Cureton and Nolan Hendrix join a deep and talented recruiting class for the Bobcats, swelling Coach Squires’ group of incoming players to 10.

Abraham joins the Bobcats from Maidstone Grammar School in Maidstone, Kent, England, where he was named the school’s player of the year in consecutive seasons. The six-foot, four-inch, 205-pound defender was also a member of Maidstone United’s reserve team. Abraham is expected to major in business administration, and is the son of Ian and Diane Abraham.

“We needed to add quality to our backline after graduating two players,” said Squires. “I feel we have made a great signing with James who will add quality, size and leadership to our defense. I expect him to make a big impact right away.”

“I chose LMC because of the staff and the area in which it is situated is impeccable,” said Abraham. “LMC offers a fantastic, all-around college experience.”

Starling comes to LMC from Fuquay-Varina High School, where he was a three-year scholar athlete and the MVP of the 2011 IMG Cup. The six-foot, 160-pound midfielder/forward is expected to major in athletic training, and is the son of Joe and Beverley Starling.

“Brandon will add much needed speed to our team, along with excellent technical ability,” said Squires. “He can play a number of positions and that will be crucial for us. He has the potential to make a huge impact as a freshman coming in.”

“I chose LMC because of its soccer team and its academics,” explained Starling. “The campus is also in a beautiful spot.”

Cureton joins the Bobcats from Cuthbertson High School, where he garnered all-conference and all-region recognition twice. The five-foot, 10-inch, 155-pound midfielder was named the conference player of the year as a senior, while playing a role on three conference championship teams at Cuthbertson. Cureton is expected to major in physical education, and is the son of Robert and Sheri Cureton. 

“Matt is a player we have been following for a long time, and came to our Talent ID camp last summer,” said Squires. “He is very comfortable on the ball, understands the game, and has a very likable personality.  I cannot wait to see him as he makes the step up to college soccer.”

“I chose LMC because of their outstanding soccer program,” said Cureton. “I particularly liked how close the team was, like a family, and I felt that I would fit in well here.”

Hendrix comes to the Bobcats from Tunstall High School in Tunstall, Va., where he was a three-time all-metro performer, as well as a two-time all-district honoree. The six-foot, one-inch, 150-pound midfielder also starred for the school’s football and basketball teams, garnering all-district honors twice in basketball, while also being named Tunstall’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2012. Hendrix is expected to major in physical education, and is the son of Morris and Venus Hendrix.

“Nolan comes to us highly recommended out of high school,” said Squires. “Unfortunately, he will likely redshirt his freshman year due to an existing injury, but will still have a vital role within the team and I am looking forward to him being a part of our squad.”

“I did not know a great deal about LMC prior to visiting, but once I toured the college, I was deeply moved by the beauty of the campus and the kindness that everyone showed me,” explained Hendrix. “While visiting I was able to meet the soccer team. I admired their camaraderie. I was highly impressed with the accomplishments of the soccer program.”

LMC is slated to open the 2012 season at Tate Field at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, when the Bobcats host No. 2 Lynn University.