Men's soccer signs 10 as part of Trask's first class Badgers ink 10 scholarship players to National Letters of Intent for 2010
New head coach John Trask's first signing class brings 10 talented student-athletes to Madison
Feb. 11, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- John Trask's first recruiting class as head coach of the Wisconsin men's soccer team brings 10 student-athletes who have established themselves as leaders at the high school, club and national levels to Madison for the 2010 season.
Trask, who was named head coach on Jan. 20, announced the addition of the 10 scholarship players who have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Badgers on Thursday.
"The addition of these young men will provide the backbone of our program for the coming years," Trask said. "I really like this class because I believe that the quality of player and person will fit in nicely with our returning players and give our fans something to be excited about."
Following the loss of nine players from last season's team to graduation, the 2010 signing class addresses a number of the Badgers' needs.
"Coach (Keith) Tiemeyer, our recruiting coordinator, has done an outstanding job of recognizing the needs of the team," Trask said. "While replacing nine graduating seniors is always a challenge, I know many of these young men will fight for playing time immediately this fall."
2010 Wisconsin Men's Soccer Signees
Hometown (High School)
Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound)
FC Dallas Juniors
Elm Grove, Wis. (Brookfield East)
Deer Park, Ill. (Lake Zurich)
Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Hudson, Wis. (Hudson)
St. Croix Red Devils
Naperville, Ill. (Central)
Chicago Fire Academy
Lewisberry, Pa. (Red Land)
Milwaukee, Wis. (Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.))
Arlington Heights, Ill. (St. Viator)
Chicago Fire Academy
Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Totino-Grace)
Arsenal FC SuperEagles
Jacob Gerondale ▪ D ▪ Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound) ▪ FC Dallas Juniors
Played last two seasons for FC Dallas in U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... scored three goals in Academy play as a defender ... team advanced to Academy playoffs and finished fifth in the Under-16 division in 2009 ... did not participate in high school competition as a junior or senior ... named Flower Mound High School's offensive player of the year as a sophomore ... also played football and baseball at Flower Mound ... parents are Lon and Michelle Gerondale ... has two brothers, Nick and Alex
▪Trask on Gerondale: "Jacob will bring athleticism, grit and technical skill to the center back position. He has had great success at the club level playing for a very talented FC Dallas team. He has been coached by one of my former FC Dallas players, Oscar Pareja, so I have great confidence in Jacob's ability to step in and perform at Wisconsin."
Luke Goodnetter ▪ MF/D ▪ Elm Grove, Wis. (Brookfield East) ▪ FC Milwaukee
As team captain, led Elm Grove Soccer Club to back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009 ... named NSCAA All-Region as a senior in 2009 ... also named to Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State first team as a senior ... second-team all-state as a junior in 2008 ... led Brookfield East to pair of regional championships in 2008 and 2009 ... first-team all-Greater Metro Conference in 2008 and 2009 ... two-time All-Area selection by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ... as a senior, tallied 12 goals and eight assists as midfielder ... currently playing for FC Milwaukee in U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... parents are John and Leslie Goodnetter ... has two brothers, Cory and Trey
▪Trask on Goodnetter: "Luke is a very talented and skilled central midfielder. He is a capable scorer, a good distributor of the ball and a strong ball winner. His presence in the center of our midfield will be counted on in the coming years. Luke has received some outstanding coaching in his career, and his participation this spring and summer in the Development Academy league will only help his development."
Nick Janus ▪ MF ▪ Deer Park, Ill. (Lake Zurich) ▪ Sockers FC
Led Lake Zurich to Illinois Class 3A state finals and 21-5 overall record as a senior ... team went 56-11-5 in Janus' three years of varsity play ... all-state selection by Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association as a junior and senior ... tallied 23 goals and 19 assists as a senior ... also scored 23 goals and 14 assists as a junior ... accounted for 60 goals and 41 assists in three years of varsity play ... named first-team all-area by Chicago Sun Times and second team all-area by Chicago Tribune as a senior ... named 2009 All-Lake Shore Player of the Year by Pioneer Press ... three-time Daily Herald All-Area selection ... three-time All-North Suburban Conference pick ... plays for Sockers FC in U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... led Sockers developmental squad to finals of Illinois State Cup in 2007... high honor roll student all four years of high school ... parents are Tom and Jan Janus ... has a brother, Matt, and a sister, Sam
▪Trask on Janus: "Nick joins Wisconsin after a tremendous prep career in Chicago. He adds elements that any good soccer team needs, and with outstanding physical tools and good ideas, he should complement the other attacking players we have well. Nick has had a great deal of high-level coaching from Dave Richardson and Bret Hall at Sockers FC, which should allow for a quick adjustment to the college game."
Max Jentsch ▪ GK ▪ Hartland, Wis. (Arrowhead) ▪ Elm Grove
Posted 17 shutouts and 0.56 goals-against average for Arrowhead as a senior in 2009 ... named to Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State first team as a senior ... named state's top goalkeeper by ESPN Rise ... named first-team all-area by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ... helped Arrowhead to Wisconsin Division 1 semifinals and 19-3-3 overall record in 2009 ... team also advanced to state semifinals in 2008, finishing with 19-4-1 overall record ... posted 12 shutouts and 0.88 goals-against average as a junior in 2008 ... Classic 8 Conference champions in 2008 and 2009 ... two-time all-conference selection ... plays for Elm Grove Soccer Club ... led Elm Grove U-17 squad to state title in 2009 ... four-year honor roll student ... National Honor Society member ... named Student Achiever by Milwaukee Brewers and Bradley Foundation ... also played basketball as freshman and sophomore ... parents are Lisa and Jeff Jentsch ... has a brother, Ben
▪Trask on Jentsch: "Max is a celebrated goalkeeper that will compete for playing time right from the start at UW. He is a physically imposing keeper with excellent shot-stopping skills. Max controls the box and is a true presence on the field."
Nick Lund ▪ F ▪ Hudson, Wis. (Hudson) ▪ St. Croix Red Devils
Shared Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2008 after posting 21 goals and 18 assists ... three-time all-conference selection ... named all-area by Eau Claire Leader-Telegram in 2008 and 2009 ... helped Hudson to sectional titles as a freshman and sophomore ...plays for St. Croix Red Devils club ... led team to Minnesota State Cup title in Under-16 division in 2008 ... also helped team to semifinal berth in U-17 division in 2009 ... also participated in basketball and alpine skiing ... parents are Jay and Gail Lund ... has three brothers, Max, Jake and Mackenzie ... has a sister, Jessi ... twin brother, Mackenzie, has signed to play soccer at Green Bay
▪Trask on Lund: "Nick is a sturdy, technical attacker that will provide great depth to our attack. He is a versatile player that can be dangerous up front or out wide. He is creative in beating defenders and is a quality server of the ball along with being a skilled finisher."
Chris Prince ▪ F ▪ Naperville, Ill. (Central) ▪ Chicago Fire Academy
NSCAA All-American as a senior ... also earned NSCAA All-Midwest Region honors ... first team all-state pick by Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association ... named first-team all-state by Chicago Tribune ... also a first-team all-area pick by Chicago Sun Times ... Sun Times' 2009 Player of the Year ... named one of Illinois' top 10 players by ESPN Rise ... holds Naperville Central records for single-season goals (27), single-season points (64), career goals (38) and career points (102) ... state Illinois state record for fastest goal by scoring five seconds into a game in 2009 ... two-time all-conference selection ... helped Central to four regional championships in four years on varsity team ... one of "original six" to sign with Chicago Fire Academy club in 2007 ... named Region II All-Star for Under-16 division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2009 after scoring 12 goals for the Fire ... four-year honor roll student ... parents are Matt and Sandi Prince ... has a sister, Lauren ... intends to major in finance
▪Trask on Prince: "Chris is a lethal goal scorer. His tireless energy and his ability to hold the ball will be beneficial to us next year. Coming into the UW as a high school All-American and being a top scorer in the Chicago area, Chris will be competing for playing time from the start and will certainly be a major addition to our attacking group."
Blake Succa ▪ D ▪ Lewisberry, Pa. (Red Land) ▪ PA Classic
NSCAA All-Region pick as a senior ... also earned all-state honors as a senior ... named player of the year by the Carlisle Sentinal ... scored 13 goals and added eight assists as a senior, leading Red Land to 16-8 record and berth in state quarterfinals ... helped team advance to state semifinals and a 22-2-3 record as a sophomore in 2007 ... two-time All-Mid Penn Conference selection ... plays for PA Classics club in U.S. Soccer Development Academy ... led team to Disney Champions Cup title in 2008 ... helped PA Classics' U-15 squad to semifinals of Disney Champions Cup in 2006-07 ... National Honor Society member ... four-year Red Land Scholar Athletic Award winner ... parents are Carl and Terri Succa ... has a brother, Dylan ... intends to major in civil engineering
▪Trask on Succa: "Blake is a true competitor in every sense of the word. He will add grit, fire, strength, fight and determination to the core of returning defenders here. In addition to the competitive traits Blake displays on the field, he also offers strong technical ability as a passer and is dangerous in the attack, as evidenced by his point totals this past season. He will continue to develop as a leader of his PA Classics team in the spring/summer Academy season."
Led Shattuck-St. Mary's to runner-up finish at 2009 U.S. Club Soccer National Finals ... team also claimed 2009 Disney Cup title ... as a sophomore, helped team to national runner-up finish in U-18 division of U.S. Youth Soccer Championships ...also helped lead team to U-19 semifinals of Dallas Cup as a sophomore ... transferred to Shattuck-St. Mary's after playing his freshman year at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee ... honorable mention All-Classic 8 Conference as a freshman at Pius XI ... played with Alemannia Aachen in Germany in 2004 and 2005 ... participated in U-14 national team camp in 2004 ... also was Region II ODP pool player in 2004, 2006 and 2007 ... high honor roll student ... parents are Brian and Lisa Tennyson and Michelle Dory ... has four brothers, Joe, Derek, Austin and Nicholas ... has five sisters, Tiffany, Melody, Falicia, Victoria and Alexis
▪Trask on Tennyson: "Joey is an intelligent and energetic player with excellent technical ability. His passing skills and dribbling ability are exceptional. He will be counted on to play out wide right away, as he has great experience as a player. He has received excellent coaching, both growing up in Milwaukee and in his high school career at Shattuck-St. Mary's. His experience of being away from home should help him in the transition to the college game."
Trevor Wheeler ▪ MF ▪ Arlington Heights, Ill. (St. Viator) ▪ Chicago Fire Academy
Scored 13 goals and added eight assists as a senior to help lead St. Viator to Illinois Class 2A state title ... named first-team all-state by Chicago Tribune ... also earned first-team all-state honors from Illinois High School Coaches Association ... named Arlington Heights Daily Herald Player of the Year for 2009 ... earned place on Chicago Sun-Times All-Area first team ... 2009 East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year ... named second-team all-state by Chicago Tribune as a junior ... three-time all-conference selection ... three-time all-sectional pick ... invited to U-17 national team camp in 2008 ... plays club soccer for Chicago Fire Academy after previously playing with Sockers FC ... parents are Tim and Donna Wheeler ... has two brothers, Tim and Troy
▪Trask on Wheeler: "Trevor is a talented young player from the Chicago Fire Academy, and his coaches, Larry Sunderland and Tony Keys, have done a tremendous job preparing him for the next level. He will bring an outstanding work rate and technical ability to our midfield. Trevor is someone I've been tracking for a few years, and I look forward to impacting his development in the future."
Paul Yonga ▪ D/MF ▪ Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Totino-Grace) ▪ Arsenal FC SuperEagles
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 ... 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."