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Recruiting: Western Michigan Soccer Lands Two Major Signings in Offseason

The Broncos added reigning NSCAA Junior College Division I National Player of the year and former Iowa Western Community College, who won the national championship this year, player Greg Timmer and former Michigan State Spartan Sean Conerty to their squad on Friday, Jan. 10.

New recruit Conerty holds off a Michigan defender
New recruit Conerty holds off a Michigan defender
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Western Michigan men's soccer head coach Chad Wiseman announced the additions of sophomore Iowa Western Community College midfielder Greg Timmer and sophomore Michigan State Spartan midfielder Sean Conerty.

The former Iowa Western star won the NSCAA Junior College Division I National Player of the Year award after leading his team to a national championship and an undefeated 24-0-1 record. He joins WMU for two years of eligibility after playing his first two seasons for Iowa Western. He started all 20 games in midfield and had one goal and eight assists.

Timmer, a Grand Rapids, Mich., product, graduated from Hudsonville Unity Christian high school where his team won the 2009 Division II State Championship when he was a sophomore. He was also selected for the Second All-State team in his junior season and First All-State as a senior.

He was also successful at the club level, winning the USL Super 20's National Championship with Bloomfield Force FC in 2013 and won the US Youth National Championship in 2011 with the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors.

Conerty, whose in a similar place in terms of time as Timmer, will also have two seasons of eligibility after spending his sophomore season in East Lansing.

He started 25 out of 41 games that he played in a Spartans uniform, where he recorded five goals and six assists for 16 points. His crowing achievement for MSU was his game winning goal that clinched Michigan State's third Big Ten Championship in school history.

The Ada, Michigan product is no stranger to the spotlight as he was a NSCAA All-American and runner up for the Michigan Mr. Soccer award during his senior year. He earned first team all-state honors and was on the MHSAA Dream Team as a senior. He was also a second team all-state player as a junior. He scored 100 career goals and 64 assists in his four years at Forest Hills Central High School.