From Williams Baptist College
Head Coach Shane Stolz and the Williams Baptist College soccer team signed three players from Heritage High School in Rogers, Arkansas. Saul Lopez, Javier Piedra, and Diego Santillan all signed in front of a large gathering at the high school.
Saul Lopez, originally from Ventura, Calif., plays central defense. He is the son of Saul and Juana Lopez of Rogers. The 5''6'' defender is the captain of his high school team and Stolz is excited about his leadership abilities. He has been named to the Olympic Development Program region team, as well as all conference. Lopez has been a four-year varsity starter and has had success with his club team.
"I knew early on in the recruiting process that all three of these kids were our top priorities. Saul displays great leadership and skill from the back and will be integral to our team in years to come," said Stolz.
Javier Piedra is a goalkeeper originally from Fort Worth, Texas. He is 6'0'' and will graduate in May. He is the son of Jose Piedra and Juana Jimenez of Rogers. Piedra is considered to be one of the top goalkeepers in the state.
"Javier is a fantastic keeper. He has great reflexes and good sense of positioning. I look forward to having him on our team," said Stolz.
Diego Santillan has played every position on the field except for goalkeeper for Heritage. He is from Tamaulipas, Mexico. The 5'10'' athlete has received numerous honors while in high school. He has scored more than 30 goals in his career and was voted team Most Valuable Player in 2012. He also was a member of the Olympic Development Program region team.
"Diego is a tough player and will fit in well with our style of play here at Williams," said Stolz.
"We are excited about all three players and believe they all have bright futures at the college on and off the field," said Stolz.