Just For Kicks
Langley gets noticed by Swarthmore
Hawaii's high school soccer players continue to make their college choices. This week one is heading to the East Coast and one is staying on the West Coast.
Dylan Langley, a first-team Interscholastic League of Honolulu all-star at outside right midfield from Iolani, will enroll at Swarthmore (Pa.) College this fall.
Langley, who did not play for the Raiders his junior year so he could participate in the Nomads Tournament in San Diego with the Honolulu Bulls over the Thanksgiving break, achieved his objective.
"They saw me play at Nomads and the coach (Eric Wagner) was interested. It paid off," said Langley, who visited both Swarthmore and Wesleyan (Conn.) before making his decision.
"I wanted a small liberal arts school and I talked to both coaches. I liked the environment at Swarthmore and the fact that the people there were comfortable with each other," Langley said.
Swarthmore, an NCAA Division III school, is about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. The Garnet Tide competes in the Centennial Conference.
Ashley Nied, a striker from Punahou and a first-team All-ILH selection, will play for the St. Mary's (Calif.) Gaels of the West Coast Conference.
"I considered some small Division III schools, but I thought playing Division I soccer was a great opportunity," said Nied, who is a recruited walk-on with the chance to earn an athletic scholarship after her first season.
Nied says she plans to major in either communications or business.
» Patrick Boltz (Punahou '98) started 16 of 17 matches for the 5-13 Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets.
The senior defender from Punahou made the most of the one shot he put on goal by scoring. The goal, scored off a corner kick, gave the Yellowjackets a 2-0 lead in a match they lost 3-2 to Colorado-Colorado Springs.
It was Boltz's second career goal. He also had two assists in three seasons at the NCAA Division II school.
» Daniel Park (Pearl City, '02) played in 18 matches (11 starts) for the NCAA Division III Willamette Bearcats. The senior midfielder had one assist, but was denied on his two shots.
» Rachel Clevenger, a sophomore striker from Hilo, had two assists for the Bearcats women's team. She played in 18 matches and attempted eight shots, but did not find net.
» Luke Nakamoto saw action in 12 matches for Notre Dame de Namur (Belmont, Calif.). The senior midfielder from St. Anthony did not score with three shots.
» Madison Perry (Kauai '04), a sophomore midfielder, played in the first six matches for the Vanguard U. (Calif.) Lions, scored one goal and had one assist before suffering a torn ACL.
"She had surgery during the Christmas break. We definitely missed her on the pitch and look forward to a healthy Madi for next season," said Vanguard coach Kerry McGrath-Crooks.