Men's Soccer Adds Prized Recruit From The Pacific Northwest
Jan. 17, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Mikhail Doholis, a veteran of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team Residency Program and a US Youth Soccer National Champion, has committed to join the Oregon State men's soccer program, Beaver head coach Steve Simmons announced today.
The striker from Vancouver, Wash., who completed his studies early and graduated from high school at the beginning January, has enrolled in classes at Oregon State for the winter term and will begin training with the team immediately.
"To be certain, we're thrilled Mikhail is a Beaver and has started this winter term," Simmons said. "His tenacity and nose for the goal will fit in nicely to an already solid attacking group and his time in residency with the U-17 National Team will serve him well as he transitions into the university routine."
Doholis, ranked as the No. 83 prospect in the nation and the one of the top three players to come out of the talent-laden Pacific Northwest region according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, spent the spring of 2010 in residency with the U.S. team in Bradenton, Fla. and distinguished himself as one of the top young talents in the country in the process.
Following his semester with the U-17 National Team, Doholis returned home and helped lead his club team, Eastside United FC, to the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championship. After outscoring their regional opponents, 14-2, en route to the finals in Kansas, Doholis sent home three goals in four games to lead all scorers at the National Championships, including the game winner in the title match.
The addition of Doholis continues a string of strong recruiting efforts put together by Simmons and his staff. He is the second player in as many years to join the Beavers after a stint with U.S. Youth National Teams, as midfielder Khiry Shelton came to Corvallis after playing with the U.S. U-18 side.
Last season, a large portion of the team's nine freshmen contributed immensely to the Beavers' success. Michael Lamb started at center back in all 16 games in which he played; midfielder Will Seymore (1 G, 3 A) started in 17 contests, finishing the year ranked as one of the top 100 freshmen in the country according to TopDrawerSoccer.com; and forward Mike Reckmeyer added two goals of his own, becoming the first Beaver freshman to score in consecutive games since 2004.
Oregon State finished the 2011 season with a 5-11-2 record and a fourth-place finish in conference, placing four student-athletes on All-Pac-12 squads (Emery Welshman, Roberto Farfan, Chris Harms, Colin Mitchell). The Beavers are one of only two Pac-12 schools to return all of their All-Conference honorees for the 2012 season.
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