(Editor's note: MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS - Two more high-school players have signed letters of intent to join the Montana State University Billings men’s soccer team for the 2021-22 academic year, announced Yellowjacket head coach Thomas Chameraud.
Roddy Lewis of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Connor Trapp of Fountain Valley, California, are the latest signings for the Yellowjackets, bringing the total number of high-school recruits for next year to seven.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Vista Ridge High School
Lewis was a four-year letterwinner in soccer at Vista Ridge High School, where he played primarily as a midfielder. He was a two-year team captain and he earned second-team all-Pikes Peak Athletic Conference honors in 2019-20. During that season he contributed four goals and four assists, including a single-game best of one goal and two assists. Additionally, Lewis was a four-year Honor Roll selection.
Coach Chameraud on Lewis: “We are very delighted to bring Roddy in our team for the fall of 2021 both on and off the field. Roddy also came to our ID Camp and had a good showing. He will bring depth in our center midfield positions. He has good technical skills, a great quality of pass, and understands the game really well. He is someone who is willing to learn, and who wants to be competitive as soon as possible.”
Lewis on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because I love the beauty and recreational activities Montana has to offer as well as the competitive soccer program which can help propel me to the next level.”
Fountain Valley, California
Fountain Valley High School
A 6-foot goalkeeper, Trapp participated in soccer for four seasons at Fountain Valley High School. He was a second-team all-Sunset League selection, and also earned CIF academic athlete honors. In his most recent season he helped his team start off with a 6-0 record under head coach Jason Smith.
Coach Chameraud on Trapp: “Having watched quite a bit of video on Connor it was important for us to see him live at our ID Camp. He looked to have a very solid technical base combined with some raw athleticism and that was confirmed at our camp. He has not yet reached the limits of his abilities and it will now be our job to coax that potential out of him. Outside of his goalkeeping ability, Connor is also extremely competent with his feet which is important for our style of play. We expect his ability and work ethic to provide meaningful competition for our current keepers from the outset. Off the field, we are getting everything we expect for our program – a polite young man who will work just as hard in the classroom as he will on the field.”
Trapp on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because apart from its amazing soccer program, I fell in love with Billings as soon as I stepped off the plane. I loved the environment with all of the nice people within Billings and within the school. Within the school on my first visit with the rest of the ID Camp, the coaches and faculty were so kind to the new faces who showed up. I loved the environment I was in.”