Photos (L-R): Antonio Andres, Tyler Moss, Justin Bedig, RJ Moorhouse, Ivan Oseguera
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State men's soccer program announced five National Letter of Intent signees for the 2017 season. All five are from the state of California, with four of them coming from the greater Sacramento area.
"We're happy with this class," Sacramento State head coach Michael Linenberger said. "We signed these five freshmen and we brought in four transfers this spring so we have nine newcomers after losing 10 seniors. We needed a big class and we think we've got a good mix of freshmen and a few veteran transfers."
The freshman class includes three defenders in Antonio Andres (Elk Grove/Pleasant Grove HS), Tyler Moss (Sacramento/Jesuit HS), and Ivan Oseguera (Olivehurst/Lindhurst HS), midfielder RJ Moorhouse (Elk Grove/Cosumnes Oaks HS), and attacker Justin Bedig (Pleasant Hill/College Park HS).
After losing their top three scorers as well as two starting defenders to graduation, the five NLI signees will help the Hornets retool with expectations for another deep run in the Big West regular season and postseason.
"Our goal is not to have a rebuilding year. Our goal is to compete again for a championship," Linenberger said. "We felt last year was the first year we were truly competitive to win a Big West championship and we liked the taste of that. We don't want to rebuild next year and we expect to compete and get after it again."
Meet the new Hornets:
Antonio Andres - D - 6-0 - 185 - Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove HS
Played four years for coach Raymond Harris at Pleasant Grove HS...Two-time all-Delta league selection as a sophomore and junior...Named team MVP as a junior...Had two goals and one assist offensively during his junior season and one goal as a sophomore...Played club soccer for six years with Sacramento United...Helped team win State Cup and NPL championships in 2015...Was a regional champion in 2014.
Linenberger: "Antonio is a big, strong, athletic kid. He's very competitive and very tough in the tackle. He is primarily a center back type guy and he's going to bring some athleticism to the group. He has toughness and aggressiveness, which you need in the Big West."
Justin Bedig - F - 6-0 - 168 - Pleasant Hill, Calif./College Park HS
Played four years for coach Jeremy Bedig, his older brother, at College Park HS...Named Offensive MVP of the Diablo Valley Athletic League (DVAL) and all-league first team...Helped team win the 2015 DVAL championship with a 17-5-4 record...Has scored a school-record 49 career goals...Had 24 goals during his sophomore season...Scored two goals to tie top-ranked Amador Valley in 2016...Played club soccer for 11 years with Diablo FC and the San Jose Earthquakes Academy...Was the 2016-17 team leader with 15 goals...Finished first in California and 10th in the nation...Also played running back and corner back for two seasons of high school football.
Linenberger: "Justin is a true goal scorer; the guy just has a knack for scoring goals. He's a good soccer player; He is fast and strong and clever. He's got good feet and he's a good attacking player in all areas and most importantly he scores goals."
RJ Moorhouse - MF - 5-11 - 170 - Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks HS
Played four years for coach Alejandro Murillo at Cosumnes Oaks HS...Two-time all-Capital Valley Conference (CVC) selection...Helped team win CVC title and two D2 San Joaquin section championships...Team was 18-0-4 in 2013-14 and 18-1-4 in 2015-16...Broke the school record with 14 assists in his junior season...Has 16 goals and two assists in 15 games played during senior season...In 67 high school has totaled 26 goals and 24 assists for 76 points...Had a four-goal game vs. Oak Ridge in 2016...Scored four goals in a game the day he signed his NLI...Played club soccer for three years with Sacramento Reds...Was also kicker for his high school football team for three seasons and was all-CVC in 2015 and 2016 and a Sacramento Bee first team selection in 2016.
Linenberger: "RJ is a midfield type player and can play anywhere in the midfield. He's left footed and is fantastic on set pieces. Free kicks, wide free kicks, services, corner kicks - he's like a professional in the way he strikes a dead ball. He is a dead ball specialist, and we feel that's something we've lacked a little bit in recent years."
Tyler Moss - D - 6-0 - 165 - Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit HS
Played for coaches Rick Sarden and Paul Rose at Jesuit HS...2015-16 all-Sac Joaquin section defender...Led team to 2016 Sac Joaquin section championship going 24-2-1 overall and 13-0-1 in league play...Had five goals and seven assists for 17 points during the 2015-16 season...Has three assists in his senior year...Played club soccer for 11 years with Sac United...Won U.S. regionals, NPL, and State Cup in 2015.
Linenberger: "Tyler is an outside back with tremendous pace. Speed is one of the areas that we've had to get better at in the Big West and Tyler will come in and be our fastest player. He's got lightening speed and has the ability to get forward and create in the attack as well."
Ivan Oseguera - D - 5-9 - 145 - Olivehurst, Calif./Lindhurst HS
Played for coaches Carlos Corral and Salvador Tinoco...Named all-Golden Empire League in 2014-15...Scored six goals during the 2014-15 season...Scored a game-tying goal in the Golden Empire sectionals that enabled his team to advance in penalties...Played club soccer for four years with Placer United and the Sacramento Republic Academy...Helped his team win the 2015 NPL championship scoring a goal and leading the team to a shutout in a 2-0 win...Scored 11 goals in all club competitions in 2014-15.
Linenberger: "We feel Ivan is a versatile player that can play anywhere in the back line as well as a defensive midfielder. He's a good all around player and a highly competitive kid. We're very excited about him."