New Hampshire men's soccer signs Davis

DURHAM, N.H. -- Rob Thompson, 11th-year men's soccer head coach at the University of New Hampshire, announced Monday that Michael Davis (Tigard, Oregon) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the UNH men's soccer program for the fall 2004 season.

Davis, the 6-foot-2-inch central defender who has been named to the Honor Roll all four years, is a four-year soccer letterwinner and three-time captain at Tigard High School. He was a three-time all-conference selection and received the team's Most Inspirational Player award three times as well as the 2003 Most Valuable Player award. Davis played on the Southside Soccer Club U12-U17 teams, where he was on the U12 state championship team and was a semifinalist on the U15, U16 and U17 teams. Davis currently plays club soccer for FC Portland U18.

Davis was the placekicker on the 2003 high school state championship team that went 13-1. As the team's leading scorer with 92 points, he was an all-conference and all-state honoree. In addition, Davis was a four-year track letterwinner and a three-time district qualifier.

Davis' father, Chet, is a 1980 UNH graduate who was a varsity wrestler for the Wildcats.

"I'm excited for Michael and our program. He is a nice addition to our backline. We expect Michael to compete for one of the central defender position, as we graduated our starters this past year," said head coach Rob Thompson.

Next season, the Wildcats return six of 11 starters from a 2003 squad that finished 8-9-0. They look to regain a conference tournament berth after qualifying for the AMERICA EAST post-season in 2001 and 2002. UNH returns three all-conference honorees in 2004. The season opens Sept. 3 at home with the 15th annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic.

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