There will be five players from the Division I soccer ranks that will come to the Tri-Cities this summer. The institutions represented are ETSU, Western Illinois, Bradley, Canisius, and VCU. The group includes two goalkeepers, a defender, a midfielder, and a forward.
Leading off the group is Tim Trilk from Western Illinois University of the Summit League. After making four starts as a freshman, the 6’3” goalie was able to become the main starter, starting eleven of the Leathernecks 16 games during his sophomore season. Trilk faced 140 shots in his starts, but only allowed 13 goals, which was best in the conference. Trilk also finished second in save percentage (.797), fourth in saves (51), and fourth in goals against average (1.22). He was named the Summit League’s Defensive Player of the Week twice in the month of October and was named to the Academic All-League team.
Goalkeeper Josh Perryman is one of two ETSU Buccaneers, joining Jordan Broadwater, who will be a member of the Otters this summer. The freshman from England did not see any regular season action as Jonny Sutherland held down the starting spot the entire season. However, Perryman was able to impress during ETSU’s spring season and will look to earn more playing time in the fall.
Matthew Perry is a versatile player from Bradley University who will be going into his senior season in the fall. During his first three years for the Braves, Bradley mostly played as a forward, making 27 appearances and recording three goals and one assist. Perry has since moved to the defensive side of the ball, where he will be employed this season for the Otters.
VCU midfielder Lyndsey Moreland will bring both collegiate and PDL experience to the team this season. Moreland just completed his junior season for the Rams and scored one goal and added three assists, which was a career high. In his three seasons at VCU, Moreland has made 48 appearances and recorded three goals and three assists. Last season in the PDL, Moreland played for the eventual champion Charlotte Eagles, making three appearances for a total of 250 minutes.
After a sophomore season that saw him tally nine goals and two assists, Troy Brady will look to duplicate that production for the Otters this season. At Canisius College, Brady appeared in all 20 games for the Griffins. He also was able to score key goals, scoring three game-winners, including one in double overtime against Rutgers University. Brady was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week after he scored three goals and an assist against Robert Morris and VMI. Brady was also named to the MAAC First Team.
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