San Antonio – St. Mary’s University men’s soccer coach Que Willis announced on Tuesday that David Peterson, Robson Pritchett, Daniel Sanguineti and Sean Strater will join the Rattlers, starting with the 2007-08 academic year. They are the first four signees for the Rattlers this offseason.
Peterson, a 6’3″ striker from Saginaw, was a standout for coach Aaron Gentry at Lake Country Christian School. As a senior he was the leading scorer on the team with 14 goals, which tied a school record. He was a two-time first team all-state honoree, as well as a two-time first team all-district selection. He was named Offensive Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. Off the field he was a member of the A-B Honor Roll.
“He’s a big target player, which we have needed,” Willis said. “He’s good in the air, a good distributor and just solid all-around.”
Pritchett, a 6’0″, defender from McKinney, comes to San Antonio from Centennial High School, where he was an All-District 14-4A performer for coach Jason Aune. He was the team Defensive Player of the Year. He helped CHS to the District 14-4A championship and a regional quarterfinalist berth. Off the field he was a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and was the Spanish Club President.
“He’s a true centerback,” Willis said. “He’s very technically sound and a true leader. He should come in and do well for us. I think by midseason he could be making a significant contribution to the team.”
Sanguineti, a 5’9″ defender from Tucson, Ariz., was a three-year letterwinner for coach Wolfgang Weber at Salpointe Catholic High School. He helped SCHS to the 2004 Division 5A State Championship. He was a scholar-athlete his junior and senior seasons.
“He’s undersized, but he’s a very good player technically and a hard worker,” Willis said. “He comes from a strong program and is well coached. He will help us next year.”
Strater, a 6’1″ midfielder from Carrollton, was a five-sport athlete at Prince of Peace Christian School. He played soccer, baseball, basketball, cross-country and track and field. On the soccer field he was a four-time all-district honoree and was a first team all-state selection as a senior. He was named All-State Tournament four times and was a finalist for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American award as a senior. He helped Prince of Peace to four state championships.
“He’s a very hard worker and can play anywhere on the field,” Willis said. “He’s just one of those players who just get it done. (He’s) a definite workhorse.”
The Rattlers finished the 2006 season with a 6-8-2 overall record, but were strong down the stretch winning four of their last six games. They also went 1-0-1 against St. Edward’s and defeated regionally ranked West Texas A&M.