Cristian Raudales will wear #8 for the Eagles next season.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 2007 NSCAA Florida High School Player of the Year, Cristian Raudales, has joined the 2008 Eagle soccer team and is already on campus and enrolled in classes this spring after graduating high school a semester early.
Raudales joins former FGCU women’s basketball stand-out, Steffi Sorensen, as the only to FGCU student-athletes to earn state player of the year honors as a prep athlete. Raudales is the first All-American high school student-athlete to play at FGCU.
Head coach Bob Butehorn is looking forward to Raudales, the first member of the Class of 2012 to arrive on campus, making an impact on the Blue and Green immediately.
"Cristian is a very talented player, but more importantly he is a mature, ambitious, disciplined young man," said Coach Bob Butehorn. "We expect him to do great things for us on the field, but he will also help us build the culture of our program. This is a great honor for Cristian, and we are excited that he has joined the FGCU family."
Raudales, a 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America First Team All-American and arguably Florida’s best soccer player from the Class of 2008, has a very impressive resume. Only 80 high school players from around the country were selected to the 2007 NSCAA All-American First Team and Cristian is one of only two from Florida. Some of his other soccer accomplishments include; Player of the Year in Florida as Senior, three-time NSCAA Regional All-South First Team, two-time Bradenton Herald Player of the Year, and two-time All-County Team.
Raudales’ background includes membership in the starting line-up at both the club and prep levels. In club play, Raudales led Strictly Soccer to three consecutive trips to the state final four (2004-06). The 5’10 midfielder played his high school soccer at Manatee HS in Bradenton, Fla. Raudales also finished his high school career with 88 goals, which placed him third all-time in Manatee High School history.