Pittman excited about Mesa’s incoming class

After going 5-11-1 this past fall, Colorado Mesa University men’s soccer coach Josh Pittman added more competition for spots next season, including twin brothers from the Western Slope.

Kevin and Nestor Escobar, twin brothers from Eagle Valley High School, will join their older brother, Marco, on the Mavericks’ roster in the fall. When they aren’t playing for the Devils, the Escobars play for the Vail Valley Soccer Club and Colorado West Select.

“I’ve been watching the twins since they were sophomores in high school,” Pittman said Monday in a release announcing the signings.

“The two are mirrors of each other, with one being left-footed and the other right. They are both very skillful and between the two of them they can play about nine positions for us. I’m very excited having them here.”

Sam Hutchinson, a forward/midfielder from Carson (Nev.) High School, is a left-footed player. He was an all-league selection his junior season and team captain as a senior. He played with Placer United in northern California and was in Nevada’s Olympic Development Program.

“Sam is a very versatile player. He can play a number of positions and is left-footed, which will help us out significantly,” Pittman said. “In addition to watching him play in club games, he came to our camp and I was sold. He is a great kid who is going to have a big impact on our program.”

One junior college transfer has signed with the Mavs, Gavin LaFollette, from Northwest Wyoming Community College. He was the Region IX player of the year in 2010 and a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America junior college All-American. He was a two-time all-state player in high school in Cody, Wyo.

“Gavin is the type of player that will take pressure off our forwards and midfielders,” Pittman said. “He is a box-to-box player that is driven to win.”

Mesa’s spring season begins March 31 in Las Vegas, playing UNLV and Dixie State.


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