Feb. 15, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Men's soccer head coach Damon Rensing has announced that five athletes will enroll at Michigan State for the upcoming fall semester and will join the Spartan men's soccer program as a part of the 2013 recruiting class.
"We are really excited to welcome the 2013 class to the Michigan State soccer family," said Rensing. "All five of our guys come from the state of Michigan, and several have direct ties to Michigan State. All five are very good students, have high character, and have been a part of winning programs in club or high school environments. These are traits we look for in a student-athlete. I would also like to thank my staff Kylie Stannard, Ben Pirmann, and Jeremy Clark for their work in putting together another great class here at MSU."
The five players who will join the Spartan men's soccer team in the fall of 2013 are:
Ali Cheaib Fr., F/M, 5-9, Dearborn, Mich./Crestwood
Prior to MSU- Ranked No. 21 in Top Drawer Soccer Great Lakes recruiting rankings ... Comes to MSU from the Crew Soccer Academy Wolves, finishing third in the nation in 2011-2012 ... Three year varsity soccer player and three years as a captain at Crestwood... Two time all-league and all-district honors... All-State selection his junior season, in which he scored 45 goals and had 12 assists in 18 games... Played for the ODP State team from 2006-2008 and for the Regional Team in 2009... Also competed in the U14 US National ID camp...
Personal: Son of Sam and Zeinab Cheaib... Father played professional soccer in Lebanon and around the world from 1973-1979... Hobbies include all sports...
Andrew (Dewey) Lewis Fr., M, 5-10, Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Prior to MSU- College Soccer News Top-150 prospect ... Four-year varsity letter winner in soccer, and served as captain his junior and senior seasons ... First Team All-State selection his senior year... All-Conference, All-District, and All-Regional selection in his junior and senior seasons...Was a First Team All-State selection as a senior and Third Team as a junior ... NSCAA High School All-American ... Named Michigan's "Mr. Soccer" in November by the MHSAA coaches ... Dream Team selection as a senior... Helped lead Rockford to a 17-3-4 record and No. 2 ranking in the state as a senior, scoring 18 goals and adding 13 assists ... Set his school's single-season scoring record as a junior with 20 goals and 14 assists ... Played in the 2012 High School All-American Soccer Game in Birmingham, Ala. ... High School team finished ranked in the top 10 in the state all four years... Invited to play with the Columbus Crew Academy in the 2011 and 2012 Generation Adidas Cup ... Played Club Soccer for the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors...Twice participated in the Disney Showcase, winning it in 2010-11 ... Combined 12-0-4 MRL record ... Two-time Michigan State Cup and Midwest Regional Champions ... 2011 National Champions, and 2012 national Finalist...
Personal: Son of Dan and Becky Lewis ... Father was a baseball letterwinner at Albion College ... Brother, Sean, played two seasons of varsity soccer at Western Michigan, and earned All-Conference honors in 2012 ... Hobbies include water sports and travelling
Austin Piwinski Fr., D, 6-0, Harrison Township, Mich / DeLa Salle Collegiate
Prior to MSU- Comes to MSU from the Vardar SC Freiburg Academy ... Played three seasons of varsity soccer for DeLaSalle Academy, captaining the team as a junior ... Helped the Pilots to a 24-1-3 record in his final scholastic season, capturing the Catholic League Championship, MHSAA District and Regional Championships, and advancing to the state semi-finals ... Was an All-League and All-District selection as a junior ...
Personal: >Son of Kimberly and Paul Piwinski ... Father was an All-American High Jumper at Michigan State as an undergrad.... Plans to major in pre-med...Hobbies include wake boarding, water skiing, and snowboarding.
Ryan Scott Fr., D/M, 5-11, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern
Prior to MSU- Four year varsity letter winner in soccer, and served as a captain his junior and senior seasons... All-District and All-Conference Selection for three straight years from his sophomore to his senior season... All- Region and First Team All-State selection his senior year... High School team ranked second in state for division two both his freshman and senior seasons... Scored 12 goals and had 11 assists his senior year... Eight goals and seven assists in his junior year...Played Club Soccer for the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors... 2012 State Cup Champions, Midwest Regional Champions, and National Finalists... Disney Showcase Finalist... 2011 and 2012 Michigan State Team and Region II pool... 2012 National Champions for 1995 ODP age group and was the State team captain... Invited to play with the Columbus Crew Academy at the 2011 and 2012 Generation Adidas Cup.
Personal: Son of Greg and Kay Scott ... Plans to major in bio-systems engineering... Hobbies include playing all sports and watching professional soccer.
Brian Winterfield Fr., M, 5-11, Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc
Prior to MSU- College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer Top 150 prospect ... Top Drawer Soccer ranking of No. 66 among midfielders, and a No. 11 ranking in the Great Lakes region ... Comes to MSU from Vardar SC Freiburg Academy ... Two year varsity letter winner at Grand Blanc High School...Earned All-Conference honors, and was named to the All-District team both as a sophomore and a junior ... Academic All-Conference selection in both seasons as well ... Had a combined eight goals and eight assists over his two varsity seasons at Grand Blanc ... A participant in ODP with Michigan (2006-09) , and member of Region II team in 2008 and 2009 ... Participated in the U14 National ID Camp in 2008.
Personal: Son of Jill and Mike Winterfield ... Mother is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State and played field hockey as an undergrad ... Father ran cross country and track at Wayne State... Has one sister, Allison ... Plans to major in business... Hobbies include ping pong, tennis, and playing fantasy football ...