Head mens soccer coach Jeff Rohrman announced seven student-athletes that will join the Badger roster for the 2006 season. Forwards Brian Bultman (Tucson, Ariz.) and Brandon Miller (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), forward/midfielders Pablo Delgado (Madrid, Spain) and Matt Arcangeli (Kalamazoo, Mich.), midfielder Jon Rzepka (Kentwood, Mich.), defensive midfielder Taylor Waspi and goalkeeper Ryan Vint (Plymouth, Minn.) will attend the University of Wisconsin beginning with the 2006-07 school year.
I think this class will make us deeper and make us stronger, said Rohrman. Obviously we did not lose much last year and what this will allow us to do is provide a little bit of internal competition within the team. The result is a much more competitive and, I think, much stronger team as we move forward into the fall. I thought we were very close against some top teams last year and hopefully this fall, given the schedule we have, well be in a position to win some of those games this year.
A brief breakdown of each player is provided below in alphabetical order:
Matthew Arcangeli (ark-ANN-ju-lee)
Kalamazoo, Mich. (Vicksburg)
Was three-time all-conference first team selection ... 2004 conference champion with Vicksburg HS ... 2004 team MVP and assists leader ... 2004 all-state first team selection ... 2005 all-state Dream Team member ... 2005 team MVP, scoring and assist leader ... played club soccer in Kalamazoo, Mich. And Grand Rapids, Mich. ... U-17 Premier League state MVP and state champions ... Personal: Born 8/25/87 ... parents are Frank and Shawn Arcangeli ... has older sister Kate and younger brother Brian ... intended major is undeclared
Rohrman on Arcangeli:
Matt is one of those players that was a little bit under the radar just because of his birth year. Hes an 87 as opposed to an 88, which many of the incoming players were. He played on a very competitive club team out of Michigan. Hes a tireless worker and as such, creates a lot of havoc in the final third. He has some extremely quick feet, is very skillful and is able to break down defenses because of that. Im hoping that hell come in and compete for time. Over the course of his career, theres no doubt hell have an impact on the program.
Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills)
Scored a school record 39 goals and had 10 assists for 88 points junior season ... scored 7 goals in one game ... top scorer for large schools in Arizona ... 2005 all-state first team 4A ... 2005 all-Southern Arizona team ... 2005 All-Kino region team ... 2005 Catalina Foothills High School team offensive MVP ... led team to 2005 state semifinals ... 2006 Dobson Invitational all-tournament team ... named to 2006 Phoenix/Tucsons top soccer players team in School Sports Magazine ... one of two players listed in School Sports Magazines Prime Time players in Arizona ... member of the Arizona Rush Nike 88 club team ... 2002 member of the Arizona ODP State Team ... lettered in track and field ... Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy scholar-athlete award ... member of the 2005 Arizona Interscholastic Association ... Personal: Born 6/21/88 ... parents are Mark and Corinne Bultman ... has one older brother Eric ... intended major is undeclared
Rohrman on Bultman:
Brian is a young man who we first had a chance to see as a 14-year-old at our camp and was one of the better finishers in the whole group. Hes got a great nose for the goal and a great knack for scoring goals. Hes a finisher through and through. Hes one who, whether or not its this year, we certainly feel that over the course of time, he could very well develop into a very good striker for us.
Was 1998 National Champion with San Augstin school team ... played in the national league for Alcobendas in 2000 ... played in the national Spanish club championship and Valencia regional tournament for Villareal C.F. ... played in the C.O.T.I.F. International tournament twice ... won the Madrid regional tournament with Las Rozas U-18 team and Las Rozas amateur team in 2003 ... played for Rayo Majadahonda, ranked third in the Madrid amateur league ... Personal: Born 2/12/85 ... parents are Jose M. Delgado and Gloria Inglada ... has an older brother Jose and two older sisters Gloria and Maria ... intends to major in business
Rohrman on Delgado:
Pablos gotten off to a great start this spring. I see Pablo as a player who probably needs to make some adjustments to the college game, as many foreign players do, whether its the physical component or the defending part of it. But certainly in terms of technique, hes clearly one of our better guys. Its just now a matter of making the adjustments to the college game and getting himself a little bit stronger and if he doesnt compete this fall, he certainly will down the road.
Vadnais Heights, Minn. (Totino Grace)
Was the leading scorer in the state tournament and member of the state all-tournament team as a freshman ...Class A state champions as a freshman ... three-time all-conference ... led the state in scoring in junior and senior seasons ... two-time Class A all-state ... two-time team MVP ... Minnesota Class A Mr. Soccer ... two-time Channel 11 athlete of the week ... two-time all-Midwest region ... state all-tournament ream and Class A state champions as a junior ... all-time leading scorer for Totino Grace High School ... traveling to Spain in Spring 2006 for International Tour ... Region II all-star selection at the U-17 inter-regional tournament ... ODP Region II pool selection ... lettered in track and field ... all-conference in the 200m and 400m ... academic all-conference as a sophomore ... Personal: Born 2/8/88 ... parents are Dave and Pam Miller ... has two younger brothers Bryant and Cameron ... intends to major in business and mathematics
Rohrman on Miller:
Brandon, along with Ryan Vint, are the top two out of the state of Minnesota and were very pleased to be able to get Brandon and Ryan. Brandon is a little bit like (current Badger) B.J. (Goodman) and a little bit of a slasher. He has great pace that will allow us to get forward very quickly and increase our team speed and athleticism. Hes a guy that should compete wide and should compete up top. He had a great regional camp out in California in January and impressed a few people, made the all-star team as a member of the regional team. He has been blessed with some serious athleticism, serious speed, and that will certainly bode well for him competing from day one.
Jon Rzepka (ZEP-ka)
Kentwood, Mich. (East Kentwood)
Named team MVP as a sophomore ... all-state honorable mention as a sophomore ... two-time all-conference team ... all-state second team as a junior ... in senior season named the third runner-up for Michigans Mr. Soccer ... first team all-state and Dream Team member as a senior ... 2005 State Champions with club team Grand Valley Premier ... club team MVP in 2005 ... participated in the 2005 PISA Youth World Cup in Italy ... member of the Regional ODP team from 2003-06 ... four year member of the all-academic team ... Personal: Born 4/13/88 ... parents are John and Tammy Rzepka ... has an older brother Adam and a younger sister Alicia ... intends to major in business
Rohrman on Rzepka:
Jon is a very steady, consistent midfielder. I see him as a young man that will come in and compete in the defensive midfield position. He can also play a couple other midfield roles for us depending on how we decide to play. Hes just very consistent and very steady; a good possession player and a good linking player. He can allow us to play from the backs through the midfield and should be one of the guys that will compete from day one.
Plymouth, Minn. (Wayzata)
Captained his team junior and senior seasons ... in senior season posted a record of 20-1-1 with a goals-against average of 0.23 and 18 shutouts ... 2005 team MVP ... two-time all-conference ... 2005 all-state, regional All-American, All-American, Mr. Soccer Class AA, Minnesota adidas player of the year ... two-time all-metro first team ... Metro player of the year ... two-time St. Paul Pioneer Press all-state ... two-time Cable 12 TV goalkeeper of the year ... Top Drawer soccer player to watch for class of 2006 ... StudentSportsSoccer.com Midwest region player to watch for class of 2006 ... 2002, 2005 Classic Lake conference champions ... 2005 section 6AA champions ... 2005 Class AA state champions ... 2004, 05 State Cup champion with Wings Premier Soccer Club ... six-year member of the Minnesota ODP state team ... two-year member of the ODP Region II pool team ... trained with Manchester United of the English Premier League, July 2003 ... lettered in varsity hockey ... member of the National Honor Society ... scholar All-American ... academic award winner (varsity soccer and varsity hockey) ... Personal: Born 7/13/87 ... parents are Jeff and Tracey Vint ... has a younger brother Tyler ... intends to major in business administration
Rohrman on Vint:
Ryan is a tremendous young man. He has a very positive, infectious personality that will be very good for him as a goalkeeper. With a goalkeeper, its difficult to come in and earn time right away. But Ryan is a young man who is very likeable, has a good understanding of the game, is technically very good. He has played at some extremely high levels and, if not in the beginning, certainly over the course of the season, he will compete and push whoever is our number one at that time.
Deer Park, Ill. (Lake Zurich)
Participated in the U.S. National Team residency program, 2003 ... two-time all-conference and all-sectional selection ... 2004 all-area and all-state second team selection ... did not compete for high school team 2005 due to injury ... extensive international tour competition to Mexico, Argentina, Italy, Monaco, France, Belgium and Costa Rica ... competed on U-15, U-16 and U-17 U.S. national teams ... U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18 regional teams ... 2003, 04, 05 ESP all-star teams, NSCAA/adidas All-American ... 2003 Super Y-League Umbro All-American team ... played with Chicago Magic, 2002-06 ... athlete scholar academic honor ... volunteered for Special Olympics ... special education P.E. class volunteer ... Personal: Born 3/9/88 ... parents are Jean and Paul Waspi ... has an older brother Grant and older sister Beth ... intended major is undeclared
Rohrman on Waspi:
Taylor has a great, great competitive spirit and will provide for us on the defensive side and the physical part of the game. He brings a lot of intangibles which should help him compete to get on the field from day one. He was in the national team pool for quite a while, has been a staple on the 88 regional team. Hes been a proven leader and a captain at every level and every team hes been with. There are certainly some wonderful qualities that Taylor brings and Im looking forward to having him here for the next four years.