West Virginia men’s soccer head coach Dan Stratford added a pair of international student athletes to the roster for the 2022 season on Tuesday.
The two international signees are Wellington, New Zealand’s Alex Clayton and Perth Australia’s Jackson Lee. The international soccer players will now have three years of eligibility remaining at West Virginia and will be able to suit up for the Mountaineers spring slate of games.
The New Zealand native in Clayton previously played for the Western Suburbs for seven seasons and the Wellington Phoenix Reserves for one year while also being enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington. The defender was just recently named to the New Zealand national league first team while also playing on the New Zealand U-17 and U-20 National Team training camps.
Last year, the defender appeared in 31 matches while footing in three goals and contributing three assists on the way to leading his team to a Chatham Cup semifinals appearance in 2021 and National League and Central League championships in 2019.
“We’re very pleased to have supplemented the squad with two talented players after such a successful season,” Stratford said. “It’s incredibly important that the program continues to raise the bar, and we believe that with the addition of Alex and Jackson, we will be doing so. We’re excited to welcome them in and feel like they have a bright future ahead of them at WVU.”
The Australia native in Lee is a goalkeeper and just finished up playing two seasons of collegiate soccer at George Mason University where he made 67 saves and one shutout through 16 matches last year. The year prior saw Lee start in eight games and make 30 saves and notch a pair of clean sheets.
Before Lee came over to the states, the goalkeeper played at Trinity College-Perth as well as Perth Glory FC where he’s originally from. He also played on the U-16 to U-19 Australian National Team’s when he was in high school prior to enrolling at University.
The Mountaineers will begin their fall season in an exhibition game against Duquesne on Friday, Aug. 13 inside Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown.