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Men's Soccer Inks Three More



CHICAGO - DePaul men's soccer coach Craig Blazer announced today the signing of three more players to his first recruiting class.  Bob Beard, Mike Fenton and Adam Hermsen have recently signed National Letter of Intents to play for the Blue Demons next season.  Beard and Hermsen are two of the top prep players in the Chicago area while Fenton has played internationally with the Bollettieri Soccer Academy.

"I am extremely excited about the future of the DePaul soccer program," said Blazer.  "We have an excellent group of hard working players and our incoming class looks very impressive."

Beard prepped at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park which was ranked as high at No. 3 by USA Today last season.  He served as team captain while leading the club to the IHSA State Championship.  An outstanding student, Beard was also named to the Chicago Fire All-State Academic squad.  He also led his club team, Chicago Magic, to the 2001 State Championship.

Hermsen, who played at Rockford Hononegah, was a four-year varsity starter and named team co-MVP as a senior.  He received All-Sectional and All-State honors after leading Hononegah with 29 points, including six game-winning goals.  While playing for the Raptors FC, he led the club to the state championship game in addition to numerous regional tournament titles.

“DePaul is getting two excellent student-athletes who are well-regarded by their peers,” said Blazer.  “The have chosen DePaul for the right reasons and I believe they will have continued success.  The competition and coaching which they received at their respective local clubs, Chicago Magic and Rockford Raptors, will help them adjust to the demands of college soccer.  They have worked extremely hard in achieving this much in their careers and I am looking forward to seeing them in the DePaul Blue Demons kit in mid-August.”

Fenton, a Bradenton, Fla., native played at Manatee High School and led the team to a 29-1-1 record this season.  He scored 26 goals in 26 games for the Hurricanes in addition to 14 assists.  Currently, he is playing for the Bollettieri Soccer Academy U-19 club and recently played with the team in Brazil.

"Mike is our fourth top-notch student-athlete in this class," said Blazer.  "He has received international experience with the Bollettieri Academy as well as excellent coaching.  His strong academic and athletic background gives him the foundation for success at DePaul.”