NYIT’s men’s soccer team has its first three signees for the fall 2019 season, with one of the new additions hailing from Long Island.
Hayden Diaz, Nick Sanacore and Milan Walsh — who all come from highly successful high school programs — will join the Bears for the 2019-20 academic year. Diaz hails from Hope Mills, N.C.; Sanacore is from Holbrook; and Walsh is heading north from Sunrise, Fla.
Diaz, a forward, has been named North Carolina 910 Player of the Year and Patriot Athletic Conference tournament MVP. He also has earned first-team all-region and all-conference honors while representing Gray’s Creek High School.
“Hayden is a very good offensive player,” said Carlos Delcid, NYIT’s head coach. “He’s going to help us on the wings and up front, especially pressing. With his speed, he’s going to provide another option up front.”
Sanacore captured a pair of state titles with Sachem East High School and has earned all-conference and academic all-county honors.
“Nick is an attacking left-back,” Delcid said. “He’s going to help us a lot. He plays for one of the top teams in the state and he has a winning attitude. That’s what we’ve been looking for. He’s an attack-oriented player. He’s good on defense — good on defense one-on-one. I’m looking forward to having him.”
Walsh will join the Bears from reigning district champion NSU University School. In 2017-18, he led Fort Lauderdale Select FC of the Florida State Premier League in goals, assists and matches played while being named team MVP. Walsh’s father Conrad played for NYIT from 1987 through 1991.
“Milan is a very good player coming from the academy in Florida,” Delcid said. “His dad played here at NYIT, and that’s the reason we were able to get him. He’s one of the top players coming out of Florida. He can play the wings. He can play up front, with a lot of speed and very good touch.”
NYIT had another winning season this past fall, posting an 8-7-1 overall record despite a litany of injuries. The Bears nonetheless had their streak of four straight East Coast Conference tournament appearances snapped. The team is graduating a pair of standout midfielders, captains Dan Lembo and Martin Sundell, but largely will return intact in the fall.