March 14, 2012

SANTA CLARITA, Calif -- The Master’s College Men’s soccer club continues to make strong off-season strides in wake of signing another local Santa Clarita soccer prepstar, Chad Latch. The Santa Clarita Christian School senior signed his letter of intent Monday afternoon to play for the Mustangs while his family proudly watched by his side.  Hailing from Canyon Country, California, Latch is no stranger to TMC and is thrilled for the opportunity to play for the Mustangs. “It’s where I’ve always wanted to go,” Latch stated regarding his future school. “Master’s was my top choice out of five different schools. It’s a dream come true to play for them.”

latchcoach.jpgUnder the leadership of fellow teammates and head coach Jim Rickard, the new recruit looks to learn, grow, and develop his skills as a mid-fielder. In the final campaign of his high school career, Latch claimed a total of 16 goals and 12 assists which helped the Cardinals finish with an impressive 11-6-2 record. Latch’s stats have Mustang coach Jim Rickard optimistic for the future.

“Chad’s got great touch and vision,” states Rickard describing the new addition. “He scored some great goals for SCCS. I’m excited to see how he develops over the coming years.”

However, The Mustangs’ new recruit's excitement isn't limited to the soccer field. “While soccer is a major part of why I chose Master’s, I was mainly drawn to the school because of its commitment to Christ and Scripture in the classroom and around the campus. I couldn’t find that anywhere else,” Reports the signee.  Majoring in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, Latch is anxious to prepare for a desired career in Sports Medicine.

latchfam.jpgFrom the family’s perspective, Parent’s Bill and Susan couldn’t be happier with their son’s choice. “We’re thrilled for him.” Bill Latch states while watching as his son ink his commitment. “Being able to watch Chad play and continue his soccer career on a collegiate level is important to us, and we’re grateful that he’ll be close to home to do so.”  Excited to have his family involved in this new stage of life, Chad also expressed his desire to stay involved in the community and to remain active in his home church, Heart of the Canyons.

Losing only four seniors and reloading their roster with talent over the off-season, the 11-6-3 (3-4-2 in the Golden State Athletic Conference) Mustangs are expected to be a top contender for the GSAC title and look to make another appearance in the NAIA national tournament. And with being just a few months shy of receiving his high school diploma, the 18 year-old senior is already eager to dawn the gold and navy blue colors of The Master’s College, and engage in what appears to be the most exciting season to date of Mustang soccer.