April 24, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head men's soccer coach John Trask has announced the addition of five student-athletes who will join the Badgers for the 2012 season.
"This recruiting class will add depth and quality to a team which is returning the majority of its letterwinners from this past fall," said Trask. "My staff has done an outstanding job identifying recruits from different parts of the country. We are excited to integrate these new members in the team and look forward to their contributions in the 2012 season and beyond."
Casey Beyers (Columbia, Md.), Drew Conner (Cary, Ill.), Adam Lauko (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Joe Naughton (Brookfield, Wis.) and Garrett Powell (Minneapolis, Minn.) will join the Badgers in the fall.
Casey Beyers: Varsity starter for head coach John Coppola all four years at Archbishop Spalding High School in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" Conference ... named to the all-MIAA "A" conference team as a junior and senior... first team All-Anne Arundel County (2011)... earned Baltimore Sun and Washington Post honorable mention accolades for goaltender in 2011 ... second in Washington metropolitan area for total saves as a senior (Washington Post) ...Spalding Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP as a sophomore ... Maryland State Cup semi-finalist in 2011 ... Disney Soccer Showcase U-19 semifinalist ... U.S. Men's National Team U-17 camp ... starting goalkeeper and regional finalist for Maryland Olympic Development Program in 2010 ... made Olympic Develop Program trips to England (2010) and Italy (2011)
Trask on Beyers: "Casey is a goalkeeper from the Washington D.C. area and comes highly recommended from Peter Mehlert and former UW goalkeeper Alex Howarth. At 6-5 he has a great physical presence in goal and the staff feels that he will compete from playing time sooner rather than later. Casey is a former UW camper who will represent the fine tradition of student-athletes here in Madison and within the men's soccer program."
Andrew "Drew" Conner: Ranked the No. 1 player in the Midwest and No. 30 in the U.S. by Top Drawer Soccer (Jan. 2012) ... selected as 2011-12 Illinois Gatorade boys soccer Player of the Year ... named 2012 Northwest Herald Player of the Year ... named the Daily Herald's honorary captain in 2012 ... played for Cary Grove High School as a senior under head coach Mark Olson ... named team captain and MVP in 2011 ... named first-team all-state in 2011 ... helped lead Cary Grove High School to a conference championship and a 17-2 finish in 2011 ... played for Chicago Metro League-Schwaben as a junior ... four-year starter on Chicago Fire Academy ... starting center midfielder of the 2010 USSF U15/16 Chicago Fire Developmental Academy National Championship team ... invited to the All-American Game ... scouted for 2012 Academy Selection Match ... one of 15 1994's in the U.S. that played in the USSF Developmental Academy for the 2008-09 season ... State Cup finalist of 2008 with Eclipse ... attended Tahuichi Way Academy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 2008 ... invited to U-14 2007 national identification camp in Boston ... member of 2007 Region II team and Illinois State team ... member of Illinois 2006 '93 state team as a `94
Trask on Conner: "Drew is a player who will have an immediate impact in the midfield, he has the tools to be one of the top midfielders in the country. The Chicago Fire Youth Academy coaches have done an outstanding job helping Drew develop his game. His technical ability, tactical awareness and competitive edge will allow Drew to have an outstanding career here at UW."
Adam Lauko: Named to ESPN High School New York's Starting 11 in 2011 ... played for head coach Tim Scheemaker at Baldwinsville C.W. Baker in the Baldwinsville, Section 3 conference ... recorded 32 career goals and 23 assists ... member of four sectional championship teams ... received all-league, CNY and state honors as a senior ... Career Achievement Award honoree in 2011 ... earned all-league and CNY recognition as a junior ... team was state final runners-up in 2010 ... team captured regional championship sophomore year ... received team MVP and all-league accolades as a sophomore ... team reached the state final 4 during freshman campaign ... played club soccer for Empire United Academy (2010-2012), Empire United Syracuse (2009-2010) and CNY United (2004-2009) ... helped lead Empire United Academy to Northeast division championship in 2011 ... CNY United State Cup winners and Region 1 league champions in 2009 ... also played three years with the New York State West Olympic Development Program
Trask on Lauko: "Adam is a top-level player from upstate New York where he wore the captain's armband for Empire FC under two top coaches, Chris Apple and Paul Valenti. Adam's ability on the ball and understanding of the game will strengthen the back half of the team. He has the physical stature, awareness and fighting qualities you like to see in young defenders of his age. The coaching staff believes he will compete for major playing time immediately."
Joe Naughton: Named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region team as a senior ... received NSCAA first team all-state honors and first team all-conference in the Greater Metro Conference in 2011 ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel second team all-area as a senior... played for Steve Lawrence at Marquette University High School in the Greater Metro Conference as a junior and senior ... named team captain as a senior, tallying 13 goals and 12 assists ... participated in the first-ever High School All-American game in Alabama (2011) ... named to the Greater Metro Conference second team as a junior
Trask on Naughton: "Joe comes from Marquette High School in Milwaukee and helped the team to back-to-back High School championships during his career. Joe is a player who can play multiple roles and the staff feels that he has many of the qualities needed to play Big Ten soccer. Joe was identified at the summer camp program here in Madison and will be tough to keep off the field. His work ethic, competitiveness and athleticism will allow Joe to follow a long line of great players from Milwaukee who played for the Badgers."
Garrett Powell: Attended Southwest High School in the Minneapolis City Conference and played varsity for three seasons under head coach Jamie Plaisance ... named all-conference and all-state-coaches in 2011 ... captain of the team as a junior and senior, leading the squad to a 39-5-1 record in two seasons as captain ... helped lead the team to a sectional championship in 2011 ... the team also finished third in state and second in conference during his senior campaign ... tallied six goals and 11 assists in 2011 ... received all-conference, all-state-Pioneer Press and all-state honorable mention-coaches accolades in 2010 ... also helped his team record the state record for allowing just two goals during the regular season ... team captured conference and sectional championships in 2010, finishing second in the state ... led the team with 11 goals and seven assists as a junior ... earned all-conference recognition as a sophomore ... team clinched conference championship in 2009 ... team finished 17-2 as a sophomore, leading the state with just five goals allowed ... played on junior varsity team that finished 16-0-1 as a freshman ... member of the Minneapolis United club team for eight years and Westside for additional two years ... played on two State Cup championship teams and one State Cup runner-up team ... named captain six times throughout club participation ... compiled two MRL runner-up finishes and four USA Cup Championships
Trask on Powell: "Garrett is an extremely gifted athlete who we identified at our summer camp program. He is a player who we believe has the qualities needed to have a very good career at Wisconsin. Garrett will be looked at to strengthen the defensive unit and with his size, versatility and physical components, the coaching staff believes he can fight for playing time this fall."