Ocean City Nor'easters continue strong tradition of goalkeeping with 2016 signings
The Nor’easters have bulked up their final line of defense in acquiring a diverse group of goalkeepers for the upcoming PDL season.
Andrew Garcia, a returning player from the 2015 campaign, has agreed to come back to Ocean City for another year of PDL action. Garcia played his senior season at Saint Francis University, where he has played in 37 career games, tallying 18 wins and 129 saves. The Sicklerville native finds himself not so far from home in Ocean City for this PDL season where he hopes to help the club as an experienced shot-stopper.
In addition to Garcia, six other goalkeepers have been brought in to solidify what has traditionally been a strength for the club over the years. Since joining the PDL in 2003, seven netminders have moved on to the professional level.
Logan Ketterer, a senior at Bradley University, comes to the team having played 16 games (1,440 minutes played). He's accrued 67 saves with eight wins and eight losses, allowing only 16 goals all of last season. Hailing from Racine, Wisconsin, the 6’2 goalkeeper will no doubt add to the Nor’easters talent pool of keepers this season.
Tomas Correa is spending his first summer season in the PDL with the Nor’easters, finishing his first year at Pfeiffer University. Correa played in 17 games last year, allowing 11 goals and making 53 saves in his first collegiate season. The Portugal native has shown himself time and time again to be a promising young goalkeeper that can be a major player this season for the Nor'easters.
Mike Kirk will be enjoying his summer with the Nor’easters; the La Salle senior will come off a 30-game season making 120 saves, securing 12 wins and 13 losses with three draws. Totaling a combined 2,711 minutes of proven time in net, Kirk will have another opportunity to as he enters the PDL with the club.
Three local New Jersey natives will call Ocean City home this summer.
Matthew McCormick, the Galloway resident, started 18 games for Wheeling Jesuit University making a season total of 80 saves.
Maple Shade native and FDU Sophomore, Brian Hochstuhl, played in one game this season for the team and looks to add depth to the roster in the goalkeeper position.
Also joining the club is Brad Watkins, an Egg Harbor native who attends Kean University. His impressive record includes playing in six games with 556 minutes and making 22 saves.
With the returning goalkeeper Garcia, as well as these new aspiring goalkeepers that have been added to the roster, the Nor'easters will look to make a splash this season with these talented shot-stoppers.
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The Ocean City Nor’easters is a professionally run amateur soccer club with the focus of developing, educating and promoting soccer, health and leadership. Located in Ocean City, New Jersey, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”, the Nor’easters provide quality entertainment to families throughout the Tri-State area and the thousands of visitors every summer.
The Nor’easters organization was established in 1996 and made Carey Stadium, in Ocean City, NJ, its permanent home in 2005. Competing in North America’s top amateur league, Premier Development League (PDL), the Nor’easters provide the highest level of soccer in Southern New Jersey. The 65-team PDL is the 4th level of soccer in the United States, below the professional leagues; Major League Soccer (MLS), North American Soccer League (NASL) and United Soccer League (USL). As part of the PDL, the Nor’easters’ have the sixth-best overall record since joining the league in 2003 and have upset five professional teams in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, third-most of any amateur team in the country. Ocean City players have the ability to compete during the summer months in a professional environment while maintaining their collegiate eligibility and pursuing their academic goals.