The Wisconsin mens soccer team will welcome four student-athletes for the 2008 season, head coach Jeff Rohrman recently announced. The class, headed up by Minnesotas Mr. Soccer, midfielder Colin Monasterio, also includes forward Mark Roos, midfielder David Parato and defender/midfielder Danny Ahlering.
Colin Monasterio, a midfielder from Maple Grove, Minn., has seven years of club soccer and four years with his high school team under his belt as he joins the Wisconsin mens soccer team. Monasterio started on his Wayzata Senior High School varsity squad all four years and has been all-conference, all-state and all-midwest for the past three seasons. He was also named All-American his junior and senior years, the Star Tribunes Player of the Year his junior year, and Minnesotas Mr. Soccer his senior year. Monasterio helped his team to a Class AA State Championship victory his sophomore year and to a second-place finish his senior year. He also played with the Maplebrook Blast Premier team that won three straight league championships, including a State Cup Championship. Additionally, Monasterio also competed on the Wings National Premier team, winning four league championship titles and two State Cup Championship titles.
Colin is a great addition to our program who can compete immediately to play, Rohrman said. He is a tremendous possession player who has gotten consistently better with his finishing as well as at setting up other players.
Mark Roos, a forward from Wilmette, Ill., comes to the Badgers after four years of competition at the New Trier High School, three years with the Madison 56ers, two years at the Chicago Fire and seven years on the FC United/Trevian club team. While playing for his high school team, Roos was named all-conference, all-state, all-midwest, the Sun Times all-area team, team All-Around MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player his senior year. He also helped his team win the Illinois state championship his junior year. Roos competed in the Midwest cup finals with his club team his sophomore year, and won the Mississippi Fire Spring Classic his junior year. Other soccer experiences include involvement in the Olympic Development Program for five years.
Mark is an unbelievable athlete who has a great combination of speed, strength and power, Rohrman said. Physically, Mark will impress immediately and we feel he has a tremendous upside as a target forward.
David Parato, a center midfielder from St. Louis, Mo., comes to the UW mens soccer team after playing for Chaminade College Preparatory for four years and the Lou Fusz Soccer Club for eight years. Paratos high school team won the Metro Catholic Conference League championship during his first two years, won the Missouri Class 3 State championship his junior year, and was ranked first in the nation for three weeks his senior year. His club team was ranked second in the state three years in a row and also competed in the state semi-finals for three years as well.
David has strong ties to Wisconsin and has impressed us with his ability to compete at a high level, Rohrman said. He is very eager to push himself and he possesses a great work ethic. He will be looked at in a midfielder or defensive role.
Danny Ahlering, a defender and midfielder from Northbrook, Ill., previously played on his Glenbrook North High School team and FC United Select club team for four years. His high school team was the conference champions for all four years, regional champions for two consecutive years, and a sectional finalist his junior year. Ahlering became a varsity starter his sophomore year, and was named Team MVP and captain his junior and senior years. He was an all-conference, all-sectional and all-area All Star Team selection both his junior and senior years as well, and named IHSA All-State and Chicago Tribune and Sun Times second team all-state his senior year. He was also named team co-captain for three years on his club team.
Danny has some great physical attributes, is outstanding in the air and will be looked at as either a central defender or defensive midfielder, Rohrman said. He is extremely hard-working, humble and honest in his efforts.