Bragg signs NLI with New Hampshire men's soccer

DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced Tuesday that Derek Bragg (Downingtown, Pa.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to enroll at UNH and join the men's soccer program in the fall of 2004. Bragg is the second player to sign with the Wildcats this spring.

"I'm thrilled that Derek is joining our program," Thompson said. "He decided to come to UNH rather than St. Joseph’s and he will add size and athleticism that will allow him to play as a center back or defensive midfielder. He is a tough ball winner who could anchor our midfield next fall."

A 6-foot-1 midfielder, Bragg was a three-year starter for perennial powerhouse Downingtown High School. While at Downingtown, his 2001 squad had a regular-season record of 19-0-0, was Ches-Mont League Champions and finished as state quarter-finalists. Bragg captained his high school squad in 2003. He is also a three-year starter for the Towamencin club team. A very strong academic candidate, Bragg is also recognized in “Who’s Who Among High School Students” and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Next season, the Wildcats return six of 11 starters from a 2003 squad that finished 8-9-0. They look to regain a conference tournament berth after qualifying for the AMERICA EAST post-season in 2001 and 2002. UNH returns three all-conference honorees in 2004. The season opens Sept. 3 at home with the 15th annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic.

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