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Carroll Men’s Soccer First Signing Class Coming Together

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HELENA - Carroll College head men’s soccer coach Doug Mello has announced the signing of five student athletes from Montana who will be coming to Helena this fall as part of the Fighting Saints’ first-ever recruiting class.

Two hometown products, Dylan Allen and Isaac Bostrom along with Tristan Powers, Connor Brandon and Nathan Boone will be onboard for the first season of men’s soccer at Carroll College.

Allen comes to Carroll from North Idaho College.  Allen, a forward, has spent two seasons in Coeur d’Alene playing for the Cardinals after completing a stellar career at Helena High School where he led the state in scoring in 2011 and as a junior he helped the Bengals to a state title victory in 2010.  Allen was a two-time All-State selection and was named Western Conference MVP as a senior.

“Dylan holds the ball well, he can find open players and that will be a necessity for a young team, he will be crucial for us attacking this fall,” Mello said.

Another Helena High Bengal with a decorated career, Isaac Bostrom, a two-time All-State selection and a team captain on back-to-back state title runner-up teams will join his former teammate Allen.

“The ability to become part of the first ever men’s soccer team here was too good to pass up,” Bostrom said.

The center-mid will graduate with a 3.95 GPA and was a member of the National Honors Society and earned Academic All-State honors this past season.

“Isaac’s a local talent that we’re very excited to have aboard.  We’re going to look for him to add a spark for us right away, he’s great with the ball and can become a good scorer for us,” Mello said.

Another All-State player, Tristan Powers a forward out of Big Sky High School, was a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist in 2013 and served as a team captain the past two seasons.

“Tristan can put the ball in the net, he has speed and is good in the air, he has scored a lot on crosses and he will be a go-to guy for us in the future,” Mello said.

The Lolo native set the Big Sky single-season goal scoring record with 18 in helping the Eagles to a third-place finish in the state tournament.

“I want to be a part of the foundation of this program.  Carroll hired a great coach with great credentials and I am excited to play for the Saints,” Powers said.

Glacier High School’s Connor Brandon played sweeper, stopper and midfielder for the Wolf Pack and earned All-State honors as well as being named Defensive MVP this past season for Glacier.

“Connor has speed and tenacity and he can win balls defensively and create from there, he’s a good initiating passer and will be a real asset for our young defense,” Mello said.

Four times, Brandon has been named to the honor roll and carries a 3.4 GPA and plans on majoring in education while at Carroll.

“I appreciate coach Mello’s faith in me as a player and a student and I am very excited and honored to be playing for Carroll this fall,” Brandon said.

Center-mid Nathan Boone of Whitefish High School rounds out the first five signings of the Mello Era.  Boone, an All-State selection during his junior and senior seasons holds the single season state record (class A) for assists (24 as a junior) and was the class A points leader last season with 46.

“Nathan comes from a soccer family, he’s a real cerebral player that knows how to position himself well in the middle, he’s a good passer and defender we’re lucky to have him,” Mello said.

Boone has a stellar 3.94 GPA and was honored as an Academic All-State selection and is a member of the National Honors Society.

“I hope to bring a winning mentality and am excited to be a part of this program’s beginning,” Boone said.

The Fighting Saints men’s team will begin play this fall with a full schedule under the direction of recently hired Doug Mello previously of Hendrix College (Arkansas).

“All of these players are in-state talents who were All-State and will provide us with a great foundation for building a winning tradition at Carroll College,” Mello said.

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