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IL's Outen signs to play for Lancers

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USCL soccer

By Robert Howey

 

   

The University of South Carolina Lancaster soccer program is now a family affair.

A year after adding Indian Land Lady Warriors’ Ashleigh Outen to the women’s soccer program, the Lancers have dipped into the Indian Land program again.

This time, USCL has added a player out of the Warriors’ program, with the recent signing of Nick Outen, Ashleigh’s younger brother who will be a member of the Lancers’ first men’s soccer team this fall.

“That’s an outstanding soccer family which we saw with Ashleigh and we were glad to add Nick,” said USCL men’s soccer coach Randy Jordan, who guided the USCL women’s team before moving on to lead the men’s squad.

“Ashleigh made an impact with our women’s program and we feel Nick will do the same with our new men’s program,” Jordan said.

Outen said he’s excited about signing with the Lancers.

“I think it will be an honor to play on that first USCL men’s soccer team,” said Outen. “I’m looking forward to playing with coach Jordan and I’m glad to have the chance to continue my soccer career and education in a setting close to home.”

Nick Outen is capping a splendid IL soccer career with a solid senior campaign for the 11-3 Warriors.

As Indian Land’s starting striker, Outen has 22 regular-season goals to go with six assists. A two-time all-region pick, Outen won the Warriors’ Offensive MVP Award last season when IL went 20-5 and finished as the Class AA Upper State runner-up.

“We have seven regular-season matches left, then the Class AA playoffs,” IL coach Adam Cole said. “Nick is on pace to break the men’s single-season scoring record at Indian Land (33 goals set by Sergio Esparrago in 2009).”

Cole added Outen is a natural soccer player.

“He can play any position on the field, but excels in the midfield and striker,” Cole said. “Nick has great field vision.

“Last year he led the team in goals and assists. He brings great talent, attitude and discipline to USCL,” Cole said. “Nick has grown each year he has played varsity soccer, going from a frequent sub to starting captain, leading offensive player and a potential record-breaking goal scorer.”