April 18, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask has announced that Chris Prince, Paul Yonga and Kyle McCrudden have been selected to serve as team captains for the 2012 season.
“The coaching staff and I feel that leadership will be a strong piece for the program next year with Chris, Paul and Kyle,” Trask said.
“All three are excellent leaders and demonstrate the type of commitment needed to be a student-athlete at Wisconsin. Chris, Paul and Kyle are important players within the program and will be counted on to continue the legacy of being a captain of the men’s soccer program here at UW.”
Prince, a sophomore forward, has twice been named to the Big Ten second team. In 2011, Prince finished the season with four goals and one assist for nine points. He started in 14 of 20 games for the Badgers and tallied 27 shots.
“It is a good honor for the team and a big responsibility,” Prince said. “I really wanted this position; I feel that I really connect well with all of my teammates. I have played a lot both years, so I think it is a good experience, I know what it takes and I want to get the team moving in the right direction.”
Yonga, a sophomore defender, played in 16 games for the Badgers in 2011 and has recorded 35 starts in two seasons.
“It is a huge deal,” Yonga remarked. “I am really excited to be chosen to be a captain as a junior, it is a huge responsibility, but I think I am ready to live up to it. I’ve been here for two years now, I’ve got a lot of experience under my belt, so I think myself, McCrudden and Prince can really step up and do good jobs as leaders.”
McCrudden, a junior defender, scored the Badgers’ first goal of the season in 2011, the game-winner against Western Illinois. For that, he was awarded Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week. McCrudden ended the season with 1,684 minutes on the field, making five starts in 17 appearances.
"It is a great honor to be selected as a leader on a team with such prestigious coaches and talented players," McCrudden said. "I have played for a while here under several coaches and captains and I think I have learned what it takes to help lead our team to success this spring and ultimately this upcoming season.
"With being named captain comes a lot of responsibility for Paul, Chris and I, but I think we are prepared to continue to move our team in the right direction. I am very excited for the potential our team has and am optimistic about what we can accomplish next fall."
The Badgers finished the 2011 season with a 4-2-0 Big Ten record, recording the most league wins since the 1995 season. UW earned its 10th win of the season in the first round of the Big Ten tournament with a 2-0 victory over Michigan, before falling in the semifinals, 1-0, to Penn State.
“We want to finish first in the Big Ten, make a run in the Big Ten tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament at the end of the year,” Prince said.