ROME, Ga. — Berry College’s head men’s soccer coach Richard Vardy has announced seven newcomers to the men’s soccer team for the upcoming 2018 season.
"I'm very happy with this group of freshmen," head coach Richard Vardy said. "First of all, they are all great fits for Berry College and will thrive here as members of our community. Athletically, it is a balanced class that addresses needs in different parts of the field and we expect this to be a group that makes a strong impact in its first season."
Brief bios of the newcomers can be found below.
(M, 5-10, 185, Suwanee, Ga., Lambert High School)
Girard joins the Vikings after a four-year varsity career with Lambert High School. He has helped lead his team to two regional championships and a state finals appearance, earning a place on the All-Region team. Girard was also a member of the Atlanta Fire United club team.
The son of Carolyn and Ronald Girard, Christian plans to major in biology.
(F, 5-8, 145, Buford, Ga., Mills Creek High School)
A standout forward from Mills Creek High School, Ernst joins the Vikings after a four-year varsity career with the Hawks. Ernst led his team to the state playoffs three straight years, including a regional championship in 2016. He was named to the All-Region second team and awarded Most Valuable Forward in 2017. Ernst was also a member of the Atlanta Fire United club team and the United Futbol Academy. He scored 12 goals and passed 23 assists during his prep career.
The son of Amy and Jeff Ernst, Zachary plans on majoring in exercise science.
(D, 5-10, 160, Cumming, Ga., South Forsyth High School)
Serving as a four-year varsity starter at South Forsyth High School, Fierle joins the Vikings after a standout career. Fierle led his team to two regional titles and a 2018 state championship during his career. In 2016 he was named to the All-Region first team and All-County first team, and received the SFHS Best Defensive Player award in both 2016 and 2017. In his senior year, Fierle served as a co-captain for his team, and was nominated for the Positive Athlete of Georgia award. Fierle also competed with the United Futbol Academy.
The son of Tami and Dwight Fierle, Ryan plans on majoring in business administration.
(M, 6-0, 160, Asheville, N.C., Asheville High School)
Hackett joins the Vikings after leading his team to two conference championships and a state semifinals appearance. During his three-year varsity career with the Cougars, Hackett was named to the All-Conference team and was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Attacker, adding 14 goals and 17 assists in his senior year. Hackett was also a member of the Highland Football Club.
Aiden is the son of Liz and Kevin Hackett.
(M, 5-10, 175, Birmingham, Ala., Mount Brook High School)
Serving as a team captain at Mount Brook High School, Hemstreet comes to Berry after a final four appearance during his senior year. In his career, Hemstreet was a two-time All-Metro team selection, and has been named to both the All-Metro Tournament team and Smoky Mountain Cup Tournament team. Hemstreet also led the Birmingham United Soccer Association to three state titles.
The son of Jennifer and Phil Hemstreet, Mason plans to major in biology.
(M, 5-11, 175, Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Catholic High School)
Harris joins the Vikings after a three-year varsity career at Charlotte Catholic High School. He served as the team captain in 2015 and 2017 for the Cougars.
The son of Tammy and Donald Harris, Zachary plans to major in finance.
Also joining Berry in 2018: Steven Votapek