November 15, 2018

Men’s Soccer Signs Four New Buckeyes for 2019 Season



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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer program has signed four new recruits for the 2019 season, head coach Brian Maisonneuve announced Thursday. Two signees are from Ohio, one is from Arizona and one from New Jersey; the 2019 recruiting class brings in one forward, one midfielder and two defenders.

“As a staff we are very excited about these student-athletes,” Maisonneuve said. “Not only are they our first class as a coaching staff, but they represent the type of soccer players and young men that we want in our program. All four possess high character and will help us continue to build the Ohio State Soccer program. On the field, they are a versatile class with a high soccer IQ and we are very excited to see them develop, both on and off the field.”

The class includes: Channing Chasten (Forward/Queen Creek, Ariz.), Brayden Durbin (Midfield/Pickerington, Ohio), Sean Ryan (Defender/Chatham, N.J.) and Owen Sullivan (Defender/Dublin, Ohio).

Channing Chasten – Forward – 5-11, 165
Queen Creek, Ariz. – Hamilton High School
Club Team: Arizona Arsenal

Channing is the son of Ella and Clark Chasten and played high school soccer for head coach Lance Thompson and the Hamilton Huskies … part of the 2016 high school state championship team … scored 15 goals with 22 assists during junior season … first team all-region and preseason All-American by Top Drawer Soccer … plays club soccer for Arizona Arsenal and coach David Belfort … semifinalist of Dallas Cup and two-time AYSA state champions … has one sibling, Riley … would like to pursue a degree in communications.

“I chose Ohio State because it has been my dream school since I was a little kid. I know the coaches will prepare me to be a better player and develop me into a better person. I cannot wait to be a part of a promising future for Ohio State soccer.”

Maisonneuve on Chasten: “I really enjoy watching this young man play.  His work rate and commitment to his teammates is exceptional. He’s extremely athletic with a good attacking presence. Channing has all the tools to develop into a great collegiate player.”

Brayden Durbin – Midfielder – 5-10, 150
Pickerington, Ohio – Pickerington North High School
Club Team: Ohio Premier

Brayden is the son of Lisa Rumble Durbin and Pat Durbin and played high school soccer for head coach Darin Monhollen, guiding the team to the 2018 District Championship and OCC title … scored 13 goals and had 16 assists to be voted MVP by his teammates … OCC Co-Player of the Year … first team All-Ohio, All-OCC and All-District selection … was selected to play in Central Ohio All-Star Game … plays club soccer for Ohio Premier … also played for Columbus Crew Academy … club team ranked third in the nation in 2017-18 … has two siblings, Brooke and Patrick … would like to pursue a degree in communications and a master’s in sports management.

“I joined the Buckeyes for the extraordinary opportunity to compete with my teammates and Coach Maisonneuve and his staff and to contribute to the success of Ohio State soccer while receiving a premier education at The Ohio State University.”

Maisonneuve on Durbin: “We are very excited to have Brayden as part of this class. He’s an athletic, versatile player with a high soccer IQ. Brayden can play out wide or centrally and comes with some great experience as a youth player.”

Sean Ryan – Defender – 6-3, 177
Chatham, N.J. – Chatham High School
Club Team: PDA Academy and New York Red Bulls Academy

Sean is the son of Melissa and Frank Ryan and plays club soccer for PDA Academy and club coach Sam Nellins … 2018 GA Cup finalists with NYRB … 2016 NPL National Championship Best XI … 2017 Winter DA Showcase Best XI … honor roll freshman and junior year at Chatham High School … has two brothers, Zach and Will … he is the nephew of Tom Ryan, Ohio State wrestling head coach …  would like to pursue a degree in business or economics.

“I chose Ohio State because I saw the opportunity given the environment and coaching staff for me to reach my potential as well as the ability to play in one of the best conferences in the country.”

Maisonneuve on Ryan: “We are extremely excited to have Sean as part of this class. As a center back, his ability to see things quickly on the defensive side along with his technical ability on the ball will be a big asset to our program. I believe Sean has a huge upside and will continue to develop into a high-level player for us.”

Owen Sullivan – Defender – 5-10, 165
Dublin, Ohio – St. Charles Preparatory School
Club Team: Ohio Premier

Owen is the son of Kerry and Kevin Sullivan and played high school soccer for St. Charles Preparatory School and head coach Chris Vonau … part of the 2016 state finalist squad … 2018 Ohio South State Cup Champions and 2018 Midwest Regional Finalists … plays club soccer for Ohio Premier and coach Alan Yost … named team MVP at St. Charles in 2017 and was a two-time captain for the Cardinals … captain for OP from 2015-18 … two-time all-district (2017-18) and two-time first team All-CCL (2017-18) … scored 23 goals to go along with 15 assists at St. Charles (2017-18) and had three goals and five assists for OP in 2018 … also a four-time Scholar-Athlete and member of National Honor Society in 2017 and 2018 … would like to pursue a degree in business or pre-med … has two brothers, Colin and Ryan.

“I joined the Ohio State men’s soccer program because of the great education the university provides, the relationships I’ve built with the coaching staff and the top facilities that are on campus.”

Maisonneuve on Sullivan: “We are very excited to have Owen as part of this class. He’s another versatile player with a good soccer brain.  He can play anywhere across the back line or in midfield. He is a fierce competitor and brings a strong presence in the back.  We are so excited to watch him develop as part of our program.”