Meet Several New Faces on the Men’s Soccer Team: Details on Freshman Recruits

By Claire Tobin

Samson Heyer is from Amherst, Massachusetts and plays center midfield for Colorado College. He lived in Germany for seven months while his father was employed there. He was first seen by the coaching staff at a tournament in Virginia. When he came to Colorado, he “immediately fell in love with the school.” Samson feels that “the team is already really close knit” because the players are always eating meals together or hanging out at a teammate’s apartment. He feels that the closeness of the team will contribute to their success on and off the field. Samson is very excited for the soccer season to get underway and wants to make a positive contribution to the team however he can “whether that means I’m on the field for ninety minutes or five minutes.”

Miles Montgomery is from Oakland, California and played soccer at Bishop O’Dowd High School. He plays right wing on the soccer team and rotates that position with senior Tim Huettel. After Tim Huettel graduates, Miles hopes to become the primary right wing on the team. He spent the last year in Spain, playing soccer and learning Spanish. He is conversational and hopes to expand his knowledge of Spanish culture by studying abroad. Miles was drawn to Colorado College by the Block Plan and soccer program. He has “always been someone that really likes to focus and get really into one subject,” so the block plan seemed like a great academic fit. He is excited for the academic rigor over the next four years. Miles was also attracted by the “strong soccer program” at Colorado College and thinks that “Coach Palguta has done a really good job of building up the program.”

Rory Buck is from Denver, and he was drawn to Colorado College because of its close proximity to his hometown. His brother graduated from Colorado College in 2013, so Rory spent some time on campus before he applied and “loved it.” In high school Rory played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse but decided to focus his energy solely on soccer entering college. At Colorado College he plays forward on the men’s soccer team. Rory looks up to the older members on the soccer team and is “excited to play at the highest level he has ever played at.” He has high hopes for the team this year and is eager to see how the team will progress throughout the season. Although he is a “very picky eater” he is adjusting to the Rastall menu and hopes they serve his favorite food, ravioli.

Ethan Weslar is a Colorado native coming from Aravada. He plays center midfield on the Colorado College soccer team and is “excited for the upcoming conference play.” He feels that the team is very compatible and works well together already. Ethan looks forward to further bonding with his teammates over the next few weeks. He first heard about Colorado College through his parents, who are both alumni. He was drawn to Colorado College because of its “well known academic rigor,” and unique block plan. Ethan is nervous about being able to effectively manage a balance between academics, soccer, and the social scene, but is confident that he will be able to succeed. He is taking Topics in Italian Culture for his FYE and would love to study abroad in the United Kingdom, Spain, or somewhere in South America. Ethan went to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup where he watched Germany beat Argentina.

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