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Paul Yonga
Paul Yonga

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brooklyn Park, Minn.

High School:
Totino-Grace High School

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180

Position:
D/MF

Honors: UIC Soccer Classic All-Tournament team (Sept. 18, 2011) ... All-Freshman Big Ten team (2010) ... Big Ten All-Tournament team (2010, 2012)

2013: Started all 21 games ... notched career-high seven points on two goals and three assists ... registered 1800 minutes on the field, second best on the team ... scored second career goal in 2-0 win at USF (Sept. 12).

2012: Started in all 19 games ... earned All-Big Ten tournament team honors ... recorded the only UW goal in draw against Georgetown (Sept. 9) ... recorded seven shots (one on goal) ... finished with two points.

2011: Played in 16 games, making 15 starts ... helped limit UW's opponents to 19 goals in his 16 appearances ... recorded two shots

2010: Lone Badger to start all 20 games, making first career start in season-opening 2-1 victory over Santa Clara (Sept. 4) ... picked up first career point with an assist against Northwestern (Oct. 23) ... had two points on two assists ... recorded 16 shots with five on goal

High School: Named Mr. Soccer for Minnesota Class A as a senior ... also earned All-America honors from NSCAA as a senior ... led Totino-Grace to Class A state semifinals and third-place finish as a senior, scoring 21 goals with 20 assists ... named Gatorade Boys' Soccer Player of the Year as a junior after leading Totino-Grace to runner-up finish in 2008 state tournament ... scored 22 goals with 23 assists as a junior ... named to Class A all-tournament team as both a junior and senior ... three-time selection to all-state first team ... two-time North Suburban Conference Player of the Year (2008, 2009) ... four-time all-conference pick ... selected to participate in adidas Elite Soccer Program in 2008 and 2009 ... three-time Minnesota State Cup champion while playing for PSA SuperEagles from 2005-2007 ... also played for Minnesota Thunder Academy club in 2009 ... Region II ODP pool player in 2007 and 2008 ... four-year recipient of Minnesota State High School League's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Personal: Parents are Jerry and Diane Yonga ... has a sister, Lorice ... brother, Joe, played soccer at Cornell

Trask on Yonga: "Paul is a very experienced player that will be counted on as a freshman. He is a very skilled passer and is very comfortable on the ball. His understanding of the game, ability to win balls and his tackling ability will be great assets for us next year. Paul comes to us as the Minnesota player of the year and continues a great tradition of top Minnesota talent playing for the Badgers."

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