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The first University of South Carolina Lancaster men’s soccer team will include a pair of Lancaster High School standout players.
Bruins’ players Chad Kiser and Justin Knight have signed to play for the Lancers, who will field their first team in the fall.
USCL soccer practice begins Aug. 1, with the first scrimmage slated Aug. 15.
“What we like is that both players are coming from a good, solid soccer program at Lancaster High School,” said USCL men’s coach Randy Jordan. “They know the game and they have a passion for the game of soccer.
“They are both offensive-minded players and I’m looking forward to see how they will fit into the puzzle,” Jordan said. “We’re building our first team with a good, solid nucleus of area players.”
Kiser is a three-year varsity member who earned all-region honors as a junior.
In three seasons, Kiser scored 48 goals, including 22 in the last two years, which stands as a school record.
Kiser netted 15 goals as a senior as the Bruins finished with an 8-13 record.
“Chad is a powerful striker who will bring a great deal of force and power to the position,” Lancaster High School soccer coach Bo Sylvia said. “Chad was a key player in our program and I feel he will do well at the next level.”
Knight, a striker, played four seasons for the Bruins.
“Justin is an excellent college winger,” Sylvia said. “He flies to the ball and has an excellent cross.
“Justin has the uncanny ability to find the open man,” Sylvia said. “I’m very happy to see them continue their education and also for them to keep playing this beautiful game at a higher level. They have played well for us and we wish them the best as they move on to the next level.”