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Men's Soccer - Sat, Aug. 2, 2014

Tennessee Temple University men's soccer coach Ignacio "Nacho" Ortiz signed two local high school standouts to letters of intent Friday, nine days before practice starts, and both seem to be splendid acquisitions for positions of need. Forward Tad Whitaker, who scored 35 goals for East Ridge this past spring and was all-state and a first-team Best of Preps all-star, had offers to kick for college football teams but chose to stay with the sport he's played since the age of 3. And William Gonzalez, who was a key defender for East Hamilton teams that lost in a state sectional in 2012 and in a state quarterfinal in 2013, comes in as a 19-year-old freshman. He fulfilled graduation requirements last December. He said he also considered Bryan College, where Temple begins its season on Aug. 21, but TTU was closer to his East Brainerd home and will be even closer next year when the school moves to the Tyner area. " goji cream
And I came to practice with the [the Crusaders] and really like how close they are," Gonzalez said. Whitaker had a similar observation. "They seemed like a real tight family," he said, "and going to a Christian university is something I'm really looking forward to." He scored 22 goals as a Pioneers junior, when he was second-team Best of Preps, and 16 as a sophomore. He had five in a come-from-behind win over Red Bank in a District 6-AA semifinal this year. "His body is built to be the perfect striker," Ortiz said. "He's very quick skillful and very physical, and he's really good in the air. William is a very solid defender. He's kind of a utility defender: I can play him on the outside or the inside, wherever he's needed, and he has a great knowledge of the game and can play physical. He plays week to week in the Hispanic league at Finley Stadium. Both of these guys are very hard workers."