DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced today that James Doherty (Durham, N.H.) has signed a national letter of intent to play soccer for the Wildcats starting with the 2001 season. In addition, the 'Cats also announced that Chad Green (Canyon, Texas), Tim and Todd Kratt (Hampton, N.H), Chris Tierney (Amherst, N.H.) and Mike Vignola (Hudson, N.H.) will all join the men's soccer squad for the 2001 season.
The 2001 squad could feature 11 players from New Hampshire, the most since 1990. In addition, Thompson has brought in eight former members of Seacoast United Soccer Club over the past two seasons.
"Overall it's a good solid class of student-athletes. It is a very balanced class with three goalkeepers, two forwards and three midfielders," said Thompson, who is entering his seventh season. "We should have an extremely competitive preseason with a strong returning unit and a good balance of recruits. Our midfield should be stronger, (Logan) Lee will add exceptional speed up front, and we needed to replace two goalkeepers immediately."
Doherty, a 6-2 midfielder, was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team at Oyster River High School and served as team captain. Doherty was an All-State and All-Scholastic selection this season and as a member of the Bobcats he led the squad to two Class I state championships and two semifinal appearances. Doherty also has extensive club soccer experience with Seacoast United.
"I am excited to have James join our program. He is another solid addition to our 2001 recruiting class," said Thompson. "He is a tough kid and he gives us a good presence in the air."
Green, a 6-2 goalkeeper, was a three-year member of the boy's soccer team at Randall High School, where he led the team to a 13-5-0 mark and a trip to the playoffs his senior season. He was also a two-time All-District selection. Green played club soccer for eight years with the High Plains Drifters.
Tim Kratt lettered in soccer for four seasons at Winnacunnet H.S. The 5-11 forward notched 26 goals and 16 assists in his career and was a two-time Foster's Daily Democrat Dream Team selection. He also garnered All-State and Boston Globe all-star honors his senior season.
Todd Kratt, a 6-0 goalkeeper, played alongside his brother at Winnacunnet and was a two-time team MVP for the Warriors. This past season Kratt collected second team All-State honors and was named to the Foster's Daily Democrat Dream Team. He was a five-year member of Seacoast United as well.
Both Kratt brothers played for Seacoast United and were members of last year's state championship team coached by Thompson.
Tierney, a 5-11 back/midfielder, totaled 27 goals and 12 assists in two seasons at Lafayette H.S. in St. Louis. Tierney was named to two All-Conference squads and one All-Metro squad, and he led Lafayette to the district championship in 1999. Tierney played his club soccer with Scott Gallagher Soccer Club.
Vignola, a 5-11 goalkeeper, played varsity soccer at Alvirne H.S. for three seasons. This past season, he served as team captain and was named First Team All-State as well as being named to both the Nashua Telegraph and Lowell Sun All-Star teams. He was also named team Most Valuable Player for two seasons and was an honorable mention All-State selection in 1999.
These six round out UNH's 2001 recruiting class which also includes forward Logan Lee (Racine, Wis.) and Tyler Jackson (Amherst, N.H.)