Matt Mahoney is a true two-way midfielder out of The Woodlands, TX. Mahoney faces off, plays defense, sparks transition, and plays in the settled offensive half. He's a tremendous athlete that doesn't mind playing great physical defense, winning tough ground balls, and pushing the tempo between the boxes. On offense, Matt is a tough cover as he dodges hard and has the power to slip by guys that are in good position to guard him. We love Matt's game as he always competes hard and brings a certain toughness that is refreshing to watch.
Reed Randolph from Vandegrift had another great season for the Vipers in 2015. Reed is a talented on ball defender whether up top at LSM or down low on opposing attack man. He has the ability to play tough dodgers physically, take away topside, put the ball on the ground, and then pick up tough first touch ground balls, and push transition. Randolph consistently has his head up and makes smart decisions in the clearing game as well. Off ball, his solid positioning and instincts allow him to knock down or intercept tons of passes.
Ryan Haefling is a 2017 midfielder out of Plano, Texas. The best part of Haefling's game is his big shot that he can pull and beat goalies from just about anywhere on the field. He shoots it hard, accurate, and from a lot of different release points. Ryan has done a tremendous job in rounding out his game to be more than just a shooter from distance. Haefling is a physical ball carrier, uses fakes to freeze defenders, has the vision to distribute the ball, and really does a great job of making goalies move before depositing the ball in the back of the net. He's a wiry player that recently started to get in the weight room so we will see his game get to whole other level in the not so distant future.
Carver Skarnulis makes his second appearance in the Recruiting Radar and his new tape shows plenty of improvement and gains from throughout his freshman year. Carver's dedication to his overall athleticism paid huge dividends for him this season. He's explosive, gets to the ball quickly, and does a great job of controlling rebounds. He stays patient and poised in tight 1 vs 1's resulting in great saves that should be buckets. When he makes the save, he gets the ball up and out with precision to spark transition going the other way. Congrats to Carver for earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Anderson Trojans.