Butler men’s soccer signs historic recruiting class

The Butler men’s soccer team gathers for a meeting after a game. The eight incoming freshmen make up the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the country. Collegian file photo. 

JOSHUA DOERING | ASST. SPORTS EDITOR | jdoering@butler.edu

The Butler men’s soccer team announced their full recruiting class for the 2018 season on National Signing Day, Feb. 7. Ranked ninth in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com, these eight players will join the rest of the Bulldogs as they look for a third straight NCAA tournament appearance.

1. Gabriel Gjergji, Goalie

A native of Vicenza, Italy, Gjergji played for Club SIMA during his time in Italy. He then moved to Montverde Academy in Florida, where current Bulldog Usman Gil Ivern also attended. Gjergji will be one of multiple goalkeepers looking to replace Eric Dick, who graduated after the 2017 season.

2. Louie Bulger, Defender

Bulger is originally from Tokyo, Japan, but went to William Mason High School in Ohio. He was a member of the Columbus Crew Academy, where he was named a captain and his team made the academy playoffs two straight years.

3. Griffin DeBolt, Defender

Listed at 6 feet 4 inches, DeBolt is one of the tallest players on Butler’s roster. The central defender was invited to the U15 and U17 United States Men’s National Team camps. Another Ohio native, DeBolt also came up though the Crew academy.

4. Jack Streberger, Defender

An outside back by trade, Streberger went to Grosse Pointe North High School in Michigan. He played his club soccer for Vardar Academy, captaining a team that won the 2014 National Premier Leagues regional and 2015 Michigan State Cup championships.

5. Logan Lee, Midfielder

Lee earned second team All-state honors at the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His team won two sectional championships and one regional championship. Lee played his club soccer for the Indiana Fire academy.

6. Rico Hollenkamp, Midfielder

Hollenkamp was a three-year starter and team captain at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Indiana. His prep career was spent with Westside United and the U18/19 Indiana Fire academy team. 

7. Brendan Hicks, Midfielder

Hicks and Michael Peay are the only Arizona natives currently on Butler’s roster. During his time in Phoenix, Hicks helped lead his club team, SC Del Sol, to an appearance in the NPL semifinals and two state championships.

8. Eric Conerty, Forward

Conerty was named a first team All-state and All-american after recording 40 goals and 12 assists in his senior season at Forest Hills Central High School in Michigan. His club and school teams had a combined record of 88-15-6.

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