Men's Soccer - Tue, May 25, 2004
CHICAGO -- Timothy Engel, Matt Prunkle, Fabian Neprjachin and Marco Meier recently signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Saint Xavier University as members of the Cougar men's soccer program. Engel and Prunkle will join the 2004 squad as incoming freshmen, while Neprjachin and Meier join SXU as transfers from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb. Engel, who plans to pursue a degree in business at SXU, is projected to play forward for the Cougars after a successful prep career as a forward at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park under Jack Ferraro. In 2002, the Carl Sandburg boy's soccer team was ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 17-1-0 overall record. Engel also played club soccer for the Orland Park Clash Club team. He is the son of Jim and Kathy Yates, also of Orland Park.

"Timothy has come from a state champion team in 2002 and also has valuable club experience," said former SXU head men's soccer coach Henry Barsch. "I feel he has the tools to continue to find success here at Saint Xavier."

Prunkle, a midfielder for Brother Rice High School in Chicago, is expected to play midfield at Saint Xavier University this fall. He was coached by Nick Markulin at Brother Rice. The Crusaders finished fourth in the state in Class AA in 2003. Prunkle was an all-state and all-conference selection during his prep career at Brother Rice. He is the son of Tait and Elizabeth Prunkle of Chicago.

"Matt is coming from a very successful Brother Rice program, which competes for a state championship every year," said Barsch. "He will bring that experience with him to Saint Xavier."

Neprjachin joins the Cougars after a one-year stint with the Bellevue University Bruins in Nebraska. The Bruins finished 10-9-1 last season and advanced to the semi-finals of the NAIA Region IV Tournament. Neprjachin was a midfielder at Bellevue and will also play at midfield for SXU. The Halle, Germany native played prep soccer at "Latina" August Hermann Francke High School and is the son of Alexander and Sabine Neprjachin of Halle. Neprjachin plans to study business management at Saint Xavier University.

"Fabian will bring top level international experience to our program," said Barsch. "He started as a midfielder for Bellevue as a freshman and led the team in assists. He has the potential to be a starter for Saint Xavier as a sophomore."

Meier comes to SXU as a junior after a two-year career as a forward for the Bruins. The Bariloche, Argentina native is the son of Klaus and Graciela Meier.

"Marco is another international player with a ton of experience," said Barsch. "He has played at high levels in South America and will bring leadership and talent on the offensive side of the ball to our program."