The 2011 America East champion Stony Brook men's soccer team has added two talented transfer student-athletes to its roster for the spring semester, head coach Ryan Anatol announced Thursday. Joining the Seawolves in 2012 are Ryan Price, from Florida Gulf Coast, and Shane Wixted from South Florida. Both players have two years of eligibility remaining.
"We are very excited to welcome Ryan and Shane to our program," Anatol said. "Both are talented student-athletes and have very good experience. They have the ability to make an impact on this program next season and help continue to raise the level of Stony Brook Men's Soccer for the future."
Price, a 6'0, 175-pound forward and native of Melbourne Beach, Fla., appeared in 29 career games at Florida Gulf Coast, helping the Eagles win back-to-back Atlantic Sun regular season championships and the 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament championship, which earned them a berth into the NCAA Tournament. In 2010, Price and the Eagles were not eligible to compete for the conference title due to NCAA reclassifying regulations.
Price contributed six goals and two assists in his Florida Gulf Coast career. He was a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen team and a Goal.com National All-Freshmen team selection in 2010.
Before Florida Gulf Coast, Price was a four-year letterman and senior captain at Melbourne High School, leading his team to back-to-back Florida State championships (2009-10). He was the 2010 Space Coast Player of the Year after scoring 83 points on 33 goals and 17 assists. He also was a Gatorade Player of the Year nominee.
Wixted, a 5'11, 150-pound midfielder and native of Melbourne Beach, Fla., played in 21 career games at South Florida, helping the Bulls to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
Wixted, who has one career goal, is reuniting with Anatol, who was an assistant coach at USF when he was a freshman.
Prior to USF, Wixted played at Seminole High School, leading his team to the Florida State 5A Championship game in 2009. He was voted the MVP of the Hillsborough County vs. Pinellas County Senior All-Star Game in 2010.
The pair will join 16 returning letterwinners from last season's team that captured the program's third America East Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. In Anatol's first season as head coach, the Seawolves were 10-6-4.