Jan. 16, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest has welcomed three new players to the men's soccer program, as Tane Gent, Hayden Partain and Shane Powell have all enrolled in classes for the spring semester.
"We are very excited about the three guys joining us this spring. This will give them a longer time to adapt to the program and integrate into our style of play," said head coach Jay Vidovich.
"They come with three different experiences. Shane has two years of Division I experience and is an athletic defender, so we're certainly happy there. Tane is an international player from New Zealand who is an older-than-average freshman. He's played with the New Zealand national team at a World Cup, so he comes in with some good experience. Hayden is a true freshman, graduating from high school early. He comes from a tremendous program in Solar that produced Corben Bone."
Gent is an outside back who can also play up front, Partain is an attacking midfielder and Powell is an outside back as well who can move over and play as a center back.
Gent (Christchurch, New Zealand/St. Andrew's College) brings much international experience, as he competed for the New Zealand U17 National Team at the 2009 U17 World Cup in Nigeria. The Kiwis advanced out of the group stage and into the round of 16 for the first time in the history of the country.
Partain (Frisco, Texas/Wakeland HS) shares the same pedigree as another Deacon great, Corben Bone, as both guys played for Solar Chelsea USSF Development Academy under the direction of Kevin Smith in Dallas, Texas.
Powell (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) comes to Wake Forest with a couple years of college experience already. The defender spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons (redshirting in 2011) at Providence College before making 16 starts last season at Richmond.
Christchurch, New Zealand/St. Andrews College
Played for the New Zealand U17 National Team at the 2009 U17 World Cup in Nigeria ... Played in the group stage against Costa Rica, helping the Kiwis to a 1-1 tie and their first-ever appearance in the Round of 16 ... Also played against Nigeria in the Round of 16 ... Selected as the Youth Player of the Year at Woolston Tech and the Auckland City Youth Sportsman of the Year in 2012 ... Was named Team MVP for St. Andrews College in 2011, while serving as a captain for the team and earning the Golden Boot Award ... Was a member of the Canterbury United in 2010 and helped the team with the U20 National Youth League ... Played for Central United U15 in 2008, helping the team win the Auckland Regional, the New Zealand Championship and the Australia/New Zealand Championship in the Nike Cup ... Central United finished seventh at the Nike Cup World Finals in Manchester ... Was also a high jump, long jump and triple jump champion in high school.
Frisco, Texas/Wakeland HS
Plays club soccer for Solar Chelsea USSF Development Academy under the direction of Kevin Smith ... Solar also produced Wake Forest great Corben Bone ... Participated in the 2012 USSF DA Nationals and also won the 2012 Dallas Cup ... Was named a Winter Showcase All-Star in 2011 ... Made the USSF DA Playoffs in 2011 ... Won the North Texas State Cup Championship every year from 2005-07 ... Helped guide Wakeland HS to the 4A State Championship during the 2009-10 school year, while also being named District 18-4A Newcomer of the Year ... Was named First Team All-District during the 2010-11 season, helping Wakeland to the Class 4A Regional Finals ... Also ran cross country and was named Academic All-District and was a regional qualifier.
Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School
Attended Providence for two years ... Did not make an appearance as a freshman in 2010 and was redshirted a sophomore in 2011 ... Transferred to Richmond in 2012 as a redshirt sophomore ... Made 16 starts and played in 17 games for the Spiders ... Scored one goal on the season against Davidson.
Graduated from Salesianum School in Wilmington, Del., where he was a three-year starter under coach Scott Moser ... played both defense and midfield on multiple nationally-ranked squads ... led team to back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008 along with a semi-finals appearance in 2009 ... scored tying goal in eventual win over DeMatha (Md.), snapping an 86-game win streak ... tabbed First-Team All-Conference and All-State after senior campaign in 2009 ... co-captain of Delaware Olympic Development Team for two years ... twice reached USSDA Academy playoffs as a player for Match Fit Chelsea Club (N.J.) ... played for youth soccer clubs FC Delco and Baltimore Bays ... named AP Scholar with Distinction along with being designated to school's Principal's List and Honor Roll ... National Honor Society member ... volunteered with the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation ... also participated in varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field during senior year, qualifying for the state meet.