CANTON  The Malone men’s soccer team has added a heavy dose of local talent with its 10-person recruiting class for next season, including three Federal League standouts.

Forwards Austin Coldsnow (Lake) and Nathan McFeaters (Hoover) and midfielder Joe Woodburn (Jackson) are among the 10 joining a Malone team that went 2-12-2 (1-10-1 Great Midwest Athletic Conference) last season. Eight of the 10 are Ohio natives and Malone head coach Brian Stock is excited about what the group can bring to the Pioneers.

“This recruiting class is the culmination of months of work from our staff.  The evaluations of games, emails, phone calls and visits have brought this this top level group of young men to our program.  We are blessed to welcome these players to Malone soccer for 2017,” Stock said. “This is a diversified and quality group of players.  The greatest asset of any team is the team itself and we have been working diligently to identify players who can make a long term impact on this program.”

Coldsnow is a Mogadore native who played his club soccer for Team Challenge FC. He was a four-year letterwinner at Lake and was named first team All-Federal League and Stark County as a senior. In 2015, helped Lake to a district final appearance and with his club team, he qualified for nationals in 2016 and won three straight State Cup championships.

McFeaters, who plays his club soccer for CAK Premier, was the Federal League and Stark County Player of the Year as a senior and twice led his team to the district finals. He plans to major in criminal justice at Malone.

Like McFeaters, Woodburn plays his club soccer for CAK Premier and was named first team All-Federal League and Stark County as a senior. With Jackson, he won both a league and district title and last season, helped propel the Polar Bears to the regional finals. He plans to major in education at Malone. Adding eight local players is something of which Stock is proud and he views the incoming class as the next step in building the program at the Division II level.

“We are proud to add a solid group of local talent as well as continuing to expand our reach to other parts of Ohio and surrounding states,” Stock said. “The game has grown a lot in our area and to see the fruit of that is very rewarding.”

The veteran coach is already working on where the incoming freshmen will fit in the lineup. While they’ll have to battle the Pioneers’ returning starters for playing time, there is a chance that several will be able to get on the field and contribute in their first season of college soccer.

“We will be looking to guys like Austin, Nate and Andrew (Brengelman) to bring a dynamic presence to our top line. They have shown that they can bring creative flair or be a threat from outside the box,” Stock said. “The key central players will be Carter, Jake and Joe.  All three of these guys possess vision, the ability to distribute well and a developed knack for being a link that holds the shape together.”

The three Federal League alums joining the Pioneers will join fellow Suburbanite-area players Josh Sample (Lake Center Christian), Stephen Radonjich (Lake Center Christian), Nick Wilhelm (Hoover), Parker Stinson (Lake) and Dan Raines (Lake Center Christian) on the Malone roster.

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