Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Zane Ross
July 16, 2015
Zane Ross, a dynamic forward from Burlington, Kentucky and a graduate of Cooper High School, is the final addition to the Cincinnati State men’s soccer 2015 roster.
Ross had committed to play soccer at Radford University in Virginia, but after a family tragedy, he walked away from the game.
“Zane sustained a loss in his family with his father passing away,” Surge head coach Mike Combs said. “He then decided not to play club soccer. About a month ago, he reached out to some of his friends, knowing they were coming to Cincinnati State. He revitalized his interest in playing soccer, and we connected.”
Ross had played club soccer for Ohio Elite, where he teamed with Reid Abney, Aaron Ledermeier and Jake Mutlu, each of whom will join him at Cincinnati State.
Ross also starred at Cooper High School, playing for a team that started his senior season with 12 straight wins and finished with an 18-3 record. After scoring 30 goals and adding 16 assists (76 points) as a junior, he was named Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association East All-State Honorable Mention and All-Northern Kentucky First Team. Ross had 14 goals and 13 assists (41 points) as a sophomore during the 2012 season.
Combs is thrilled to bring in a player of this caliber.
“Zane is a fantastic player. I think he is a player who will be in every game and be a game-changer for us,” the head coach said. “He is a great goal scorer and has great athletic ability.
“Zane is going to bounce back by coming to Cincinnati State, and we are very happy to have him.”
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Hayden Peake
July 14, 2015
Hayden Peake, an All-State soccer and football player from Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio, is set to join the Cincinnati State men’s soccer program.
A versatile 6-foot-2 player on the soccer field, Peake earned Division II All-State Second Team honors as well as Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division II South First Team and MVSSCA Division II District Team recognition after his senior season. He also was named All-Southwestern Buckeye League First Team after playing for an Oakwood squad that went 8-4-3 in 2014.
Peake performed double duty this past fall, also serving as the kicker for the football team. As a senior, he converted nine field goals and 14 extra points en route to being named All-Ohio Division IV First Team. Perhaps his best game on the gridiron came in Oakwood’s 38-22 victory over Brookville when he was perfect on three field-goal attempts and a trio of extra-point tries.
Peake, who played his club soccer for Ohio Galaxies FC, likely will play a defensive position for the Surge.
“We’re excited about having Hayden come in,” Cincinnati State head coach Mike Combs said. “He is an intelligent player with a great soccer IQ. He is very athletic, and I think he will be great for our team chemistry. I expect good things from him.”
The Surge men’s soccer team begins practice on Aug. 1 and the first regular-season game is at Owens Community College on Aug. 29.
Surge Men's Soccer Newcomers: Jake Mutlu
July 13, 2015
Jake Mutlu, a highly decorated goalkeeper from Lakota West High School, is joining the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team.
Mutlu, who stands 6-foot-2, comes off an impressive senior season with the Firebirds. Mutlu recorded six shutouts as Lakota West finished 13-5 and went on to reach the sectional finals. For his efforts, Mutlu was named to the Division I All-State Second Team, All-Southwest Ohio, First Team All-Greater Miami Conference and the Division I All City Team.
“I am expecting great things from Jake, right away from year one,” Surge head coach Mike Combs said. “He had a great high school season as a senior and was in great form for his club.”
Mutlu played his club soccer for Ohio Elite, alongside fellow Cincinnati State newcomers Reid Abney, Zane Ross and Aaron Ledermeier. He also teamed with Ledermeier, as well as returning Surge players Hall Banks and Jose Corona, while at Lakota West.
Combs like multiple facets of Mutlu’s game.
“Jake is very athletic and good with the ball at his feet, so our defensive players can play the ball back to him, which suits our style of play of keeping possession,” Combs said. “Jake has great mobility and he is going to cover the whole back third exceptionally well.”
The head coach believes Mutlu will mesh well with the Cincinnati State team.
“He also has great hands, good shot stopping and good distribution, so we can get into some quick counterattacks,” Combs added. “I think Jake is going to be a perfect fit for us.”
Cicha Earns NJCAA Academic Award
July 13, 2015
Kasia Cicha, a graduating sophomore on the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team, received the NJCAA Exemplary Achievement Award.
A native of Aleksandrow Lodzki, Poland, Cicha earned a 3.66 GPA as she completed an Associate of Science degree at Cincinnati State.
On the basketball court, the 5-foot-8 wing player saw action in 58 games and started 34 over two seasons with the Surge. Cicha averaged 10.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and was the only Cincinnati State player to appear in every game of the 2014-15 season. Additionally, she was named Honorable Mention All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference after her sophomore campaign.
“Kasia was the consummate student-athlete,” Surge head coach Sonya Beeler said. “She excelled in the classroom and did everything we asked of her as a basketball player.”
Cicha plans to continue her education at the University of Maryland and work toward a bachelor’s degree in food science. After completing that, she said she would like to earn a master’s degree.
Suggs Signs With Cincinnati Christian
July 9, 2015
Taylor Suggs, who won an individual national championship and was the leader of the Cincinnati State golf team that won the NJCAA Division III national title this spring, signed to continue his academic and golf careers with Cincinnati Christian University on Thursday.
Suggs was accompanied by his parents, Joel and Darlene Suggs, Cincinnati Christian head coach Micah Peavley, assistant coach Tom McNeil and Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb.
In addition to winning the individual national championship and helping the Surge notch the first national title in school history, Suggs was a two-time NJCAA All-American and two-time OCCAC First Team honoree.
After becoming the OCCAC season medalist, Suggs tied the school record with a 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the NJCAA Region XII tournament in May and was the Region XII tournament medalist.
Suggs, who holds a 3.4 GPA at Cincinnati State, plans to major in biblical studies at Cincinnati Christian.