DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that Joe Corsello (York, Maine) and Corey Diamond (East Brunswick, N.J.) have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats beginning in the Fall of 2007.
   “Both players add left-sided positions to our present setup,” Thompson said. “Diamond should see time at left back or left midfield while Corsello should feature as a left center back.”
   Diamond has played for the Ironbound SCP Warriors since 2000. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound defender helped Ironbound win five NJ state championships, two USYSA region I championships, and a national U.S. club championship. Diamond was also a member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, the captain of East Brunswick High School recorded seven goals and 10 assists from his midfield position. For his efforts, he was named to the NJ Coaches Association All-State First Team.
   “Diamond is a strong defender who can get involved in the attack,” Thompson said. “I like his determination, as he plays much bigger than his size, and he is a very good one versus one defender.
   Corsello has played for Thompson for the past three years captaining his Seacoast United Soccer Club U17 squad to the USYSA Region I finals, the USL Super Y League national finals and a #8 national club team ranking. The 6-1, 185-pound defender also captained the York High School soccer team for two years, earning team MVP honors twice while also garnering Western Maine Conference First Team honors for the third straight season as well as being selected to the Maine All-State First Team in 2005 and 2006.
   “Joe has good feet to go along with his solid frame,” Thompson said. “He reads the game well and is strong in the air and in the tackle.”
   The UNH men’s soccer program is coming off a 12-5-3 season, including 6-2-1 in the America East. The team, whose record was its best since 1994, made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Wildcats finished fifth in the nation in goals against average (0.57) and they lose five players to graduation.
   “We have 20 shutouts over the past two seasons and both Corey and Joe should help us continue our stingy ways,” Thompson stated.
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