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Lewis Men’s Soccer Signs Two Romeoville Players For 2013

7/3/2013, midnight
Lewis University head men's soccer coach Evan Fiffles announced that he has signed Alexandro Ayala, Allan Benitez (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville), Kyle ...

Lewis Men’s Soccer Signs Two Romeoville Players For 2013

Lewis University head men's soccer coach Evan Fiffles announced that he has signed Alexandro Ayala, Allan Benitez (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville), Kyle Collins, Omar Ramirez, Justin Salazar, Johnathan Silvar (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville), Ivan Surlina and Ralf Zehnter to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Flyers, beginning with the 2013 campaign.

"I'm excited about the group that we are bringing in," Fiffles said. "Each one of these student-athletes fit what we're looking for in our program. They are talented, have good character and are strong academically," Fiffles continued. "They each have played at a quality level and will come in and compete for time on the field."

Ayala, a midfielder, only played two years of varsity soccer for Thornwood, while playing two seasons for the Chicago Magic. As a junior, Ayala was named to the IHSSCA All-Sectional and All-Southwest Suburban Red teams after posting 22 goals and 17 assists. His experience with the Magic, along with his technical abilities, should prove beneficial to Lewis, according to Fiffles.

Benitez, a midfielder from Romeoville, is a strong, technical player who is very quick. As a senior, Benitez recorded six goals and 13 assists on his way to the Joliet Herald News All-Area Team. Collins, a center back, helped Lisle to the state championship as a junior with a record of 21-5. He has also played for Academy FT in each of the last three years. Fiffles looks for Collins to bring good speed and timing to the Flyers.

Ramirez, a goalkeeper, comes to Lewis via Illinois Central College, where he was named to the All-Conference team in 2012, helping the Cougars to the Regional Championship and an appearance in the National Tournament. Fiffles cites Ramirez's shot stopping and his reflexes as his key attributes. Salazar, a goalkeeper, offers good size and presence in front of the goal to thwart opposing offenses. Last season, he helped Waubonsee CC to its first conference championship in school-history, posting 13 shutouts on his way to Third Team All-America accolades. At Hinckley Big Rock, Salazar was a two-time All-Conference honoree and earned Aurora Beacon News All-Area First Team honors.

Silvar, a forward, totaled 38 goals in four seasons for Romeoville. He helped the Spartans to a pair of regional championships and notched a career-high 19 goals in 2012, earning him Daily Herald All-Area honors. Silvar was selected to the Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention team as a junior after posting nine goals and five assists. Fiffles likes Silvar's creativity and believes that he is strong technically. Surlina, a midfielder, competed primarily for the USSDA in the past two seasons. He is good on the ball and has a strong soccer mind, according to Fiffles.

Zehnter, a defender/midfielder, is an intense player who is good technically - according to Fiffles. As a senior for Libertyville, Zehnter was selected to the All-Area, All-Region and All-Conference squads. Over the last three seasons, Zehnter competed for the Chicago Fire Junior North squad.