NJ LUSO Rangers News Release -- www.lusosocceracademy.com
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- The NJ LUSO Rangers are excited to announce the signing of an integral spot in the starting eleven with returning goalkeeper Paul Killian. A standout at Division III school the Stevens Institute of Technology, Killian returns to the Rangers as the D3soccer.com First Team All-American and National Goalkeeper of the Year.
Rangers coach Carlos Rasoilo is a firm believer in building the team from the bottom up, and this signing shows his commitment to that philosophy. After the 2012 season had just ended, Rasoilo had his eyes set on getting Killian's commitment for the 2013 PDL season. Once receiving that commitment, Rasoilo was also able to return five defenders from last year's defense. The group includes three-year PDL players Philip Cunha, Luis Andre, Jason Gorskie, Pedro Vilar and captain Alex Brito. Looking to continue the success from the club's finest season in its history, Rasoilo is comfortable with the addition of a couple of players to last year’s defensive corps.
During the PDL offseason, Killian led Stevens Institute of Technology to a Top 10 ranking in the NSCAA Coaches Poll as he recorded 12 shutouts. Killian’s performances earned him a 0.33 goals against-average, placing him third in Division III, and a .910 save percentage, good for second in the nation. For his standout achievements, Killian earned a list of awards, including First Team All-Empire 8 Conference, Empire 8 All-Tournament Team, Empire 8 Tournament MVP, NSCAA First Team All-East Region, and ECAC All-Star First Team.
"I was not at all surprised with the season Paul had for college," Rasoilo said. "He continued where he left off in PDL for the Rangers. I believe he is an underrated goalkeeper because he picked studies over sports for his college. I would not be surprised if he would put up the same stats in Division I."
Killian's season was capped by his selection as a D3soccer.com First Team All-American and National Goalkeeper of the Year. The Rangers hope Killian continues his success into the 2013 PDL season. The Rangers kick off the new season on May 12, when they host the F.A. Euro - New York Magic at Drew University.