MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer team added three more names to its 2013 roster, head coach Jeremy Tosaya announced this week.
Brier Derby, Mike Cluck and Peter Wartenberg all signed to play with the Tigers starting next fall. All three will be freshmen.
Derby is a midfielder/forward from Watertown, S.D. He earned four varsity letters and started for four years for the Arrows. He earned Class AA All-State First Team honors as a senior and second team accolades as a junior. He also played club soccer for the South Dakota United Arsenal. Derby is a member of the National Honor Society.
‘I’ve been watching Brier play soccer for several years now, and I’m elated to have him join the Tiger program’,” Tosaya said. “He has a work ethic that catches everyone’s attention, and he likes to create opportunities for his teammates going forward in the attack. He will have a great career at DWU both as a student and an athlete.”
Wartenberg, a 6-foot-3 midfielder and defender, comes to DWU from Chaska, Minn. He earned two letters and started two seasons at Chaska High School, and scored four goals his senior year. He earned all-conference and all-state honorable mention honors as a senior, and was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Honorable Mention team. He played for the CC United club team through 2011 and Bloomington United since 2012. Wartenberg has been a member of the Dean’s List every semester and is a National Merit Commended student.
“We’re very excited to have Peter join us in 2013. He will be a good fit for the team on and off the field,
Tosaya said. “He reads the game well and can help us be more solid defensively from either the midfield or the back line. He will give us a different dynamic up the spine of the field that we lacked this past year.”
Cluck is DWU’s second recruit from Nebraska signed this offseason. He joins fellow Papillion, Neb., native Sam Roberts on the Tigers’ roster in the fall. Cluck is a 5-8 midfielder and played high school soccer for Papillion LaVista South. He helped his team to a district championship as a senior, and also played club soccer for the Papillion Soccer Club.
“It’s been very gratifying this year watching the interest we’ve received from recruits in Nebraska,” Tosaya said. “I think it says a lot about what our current players have done here at DWU since 2009 to attract student athletes like Michael Cluck and Sam Roberts. Michael will help add depth to our wide play and bring a level of success to the program like he did in 2012 when Papillion South finished fourth at state.”
The Tigers went 6-11-2 overall in 2012 and 3-5-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. DWU loses six seniors to graduation in May.