UVM soccer team welcomes two former CVU standouts

The University of Vermont men’s soccer program will add nine newcomers to the squad for the upcoming 2014 season. Among the nine freshmen are two former Champlain Valley Union soccer players, including the Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year, Zack Evans, and Joe Castano. Other native Vermonters include Burlington Free Press Player of the Year, Cale Thygesen of Monkton and Xavy Tchana of Norwich.
“Every year will never be like the last one and our identity will undergo some level of change with the addition of a new group of young men, this year is no different,” said Cormier. “We graduated much of our defense and some fantastic characters from last year’s squad. But, we have to move on realizing we fell short of our goals and find a new way and build off of last season’s success and failures and push ourselves to improve this season. We have added a group of young men we feel can help the returning players reach new heights and have us firing on all cylinders at the end of the year. We’re all excited to get going next week when training camp starts.”
Joe Castano – 5-11 – MF – Williston, Vt./Champlain Valley Union HS
Castano was a two-year captain of nearby Champlain Valley Union High School, which won the Vermont Division I State Championship in 2013 and went 16-2. He was named to the all-state team twice and also played on the twin state team as a senior.
“Joe is one of the top players in Vermont. He has very good poise and composure under pressure. He will bring versatility, and skill to our midfield group, as well as a high soccer IQ,”
Zack Evans – 5-10 – D – Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union HS
Evans was the 2013-14 Vermont Gatorade Player of the Year and led the Redhawks to a 16-2 record and a Vermont Division I State Championship this year. An NSCAA All-New England selection, he anchored a defense that allowed just seven goals and posted 13 shutouts. A two-time team captain, he scored three goals and three assists and was a two-time Burlington Free Press First Team All-State selection.
“Zach’s character and toughness are quite rare and we feel his attitude and competitiveness will be a great fit with our defensive corps. We look forward to him giving us more competitive edge in the back.”
Other recruits include Arthur Bacquet of Bruxelles, Belgium; Eamon Kitson of Rumson, N.J.; Jaime Miralles of Vinaros, Spain; Nick Plouff  of Royal Oak, Mich.; and Chris Tierney of Rumson, N.J.
Vermont, which was ranked in the NSCAA Northeast Region for much of the season in 2013, advanced to the America East Tournament for the ninth time in 10 years under Cormier and finished 2013 with a record of 9-5-4 overall.
The Catamounts kick off the 2014 season on August 29 and 31 with a trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia to face James Madison and Appalachian State. UVM’s first home game will be September 5 and 7 when Vermont hosts the 24th edition of the Morgan Stanley Windjammer Classic.