Men’s College Soccer
Rider Signs 6
Sam Kotowski of Princeton, Ryan Fitzgerald of Yardville, Matt Perrella of North Brunswick, Dan Friga of Clifton, Steve Suntzenich of Massapequa, NY and Fardad Sabzevari of Roslyn, NY have signed national letters of intent to further their educations and athletic careers at Rider in the fall.
“We feel this is one of the strongest recruiting classes in quite a long time,” said Fager, who has compiled 246 wins at Rider. “We have added some quality finishers with Kotowski, Fitzgerald and Friga, two extremely talented backs in Suntzenich and Sabzevari, and a very talented keeper in Perrella.”
Kotowski, a senior at Princeton High School, was named the Mercer County Player of the Year last fall as well as receiving All-State, All-CVC, All-Area and NSCAA/adidas All-East Region honors.
In his four
years at Princeton High Kotowski helped his team win the Central Jersey Group
II Championship, two Mercer County Tournament Championships and three
Conference Titles. In his four seasons he compiled 75 goals, including a
“Sam always seems to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net,” Fager said. “It is rare that I attend a game to watch him where he doesn’t score one or two goals. He is always around the goal causing problems for the defense, looking for ways to get off a shot or find a teammate open. I feel certain he will have an immediate impact on the team and our success.”
Fitzgerald compiled 22 goals and 11 assists as a senior at Steinert High School, earning First Team All-State and All-CVC honors while leading his team to a fourth consecutive CVC Championship. He was a Second Team All-State and All-CVC selection as a sophomore.
“Ryan is a very strong player who combines quality finishing with tremendously accurate passes,” Fager said. “He is strong on the ball, runs the field well and finds the back of the net with consistency. Ryan and Sam should make an immediate impact on the team and the entire conference.”
is a senior at
combines strong technical ability with a tremendous desire for the game,’ Fager
said. “He is very versatile and can play in the back or in the midfield and
uses his athletic ability to deny opposing forwards the ball. He has the speed to run with most anyone. He
is currently playing with the
Friga is a
“Dan is a very strong attacking player and uses his technical ability and raw power to get the job done,” Fager said. “We look to him to score some goals as a freshman while he learns the Division I game. He has a tremendous competitive spirit and the desire to win. I have never seen him slow down in a game or believe he couldn’t score the winning goal. He, along with Kotowski and Fitzgerald, will make the team a much stronger attacking unit and will allow us to hold the ball better.”
a senior at
“Steve has played with some of the best club
teams in the area, from the Massapequa Terminators to the New York Rough Riders
to his present club,
senior at North Brunswick High, compiled 11 shutouts for the GMC Division
Champs who also won the Central Jersey Group 4 Title, earning All-State honors.
In two years at
“Matt is an excellent keeper who had looks from some very big schools,” Fager said. “We are fortunate that he decided to stay close to home and attend Rider. He is extremely quick, reads the game well and is gifted athletically. We feel sure he will be competing for a starting position and will add to an already strong group of keepers.”