The University of Wisconsin mens soccer program has added a pair of talented recruits for the 2009 season with the signing of forward Ata Ozbay and defender Daniel Kohen, first-year head coach staffid=1074"> --> Todd Yeagley announced Thursday.
Ozbay, of Barrington, Ill., tallied 38 goals and 20 assists over his final two years of high school play and led his Barrington High School squad to an Illinois state title in 2007. A Los Angeles native, Kohen was an All-California Interscholastic Federation selection at Beverly Hills High School and was part of the South Coast Bayern club team that, in 2008, became the first American squad to reach the finals of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
We are very excited to have Ata and Daniel join our program in the fall, Yeagley said. Both Ata and Daniel are talented and passionate young men with bright futures ahead.
Barrington, Ill. (Barrington High School)
One of the top players in the state of Illinois, Ozbay earned All-Region V honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2008 after guiding his Barrington squad to a 19-6 record and a berth in the sectional semifinals. He scored 25 goals on the year to go along with 11 assists.
In addition to his prep experience, Ozbay also is currently one of the top goal scorers for the Chicago Fire U-18 USSF Development Academy team.
Following his senior season, he was named second-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune and earned a spot on the Chicago Sun-Times all-area team, while also being named co-captain of the Daily Heralds Northwest Suburban All-Area team.
Ozbay also was named the Mid-Suburban League West Division Player of the Year and earned all-state accolades from the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association as a senior after being named to the groups All-Section 6 team as a junior in 2007.
He finished his career at Barrington with 98 points, including the 61 he put up as a senior. His Broncos teams went a combined 80-17-2 during his four years on the varsity squad, including a 44-8 record over his junior and senior seasons.
Ata is a talented attacking player who has the ability to unbalance defenders off the dribble with his speed and creativity, Yeagley said. Our staff is confident that he will provide an immediate boost to our attack for next fall.
Coach (Scott) Steib at Barrington High School and the Chicago Fire coaching staff have been instrumental in Atas development over the past few years.
Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills High School)
Kohen played for four different clubs over the last eight years, most recently with the South Coast Bayern team that became the first American squad to advance to the final of the Milk Cup in Ireland.
His squad defeated the defending champion club from Brazil, Fluminense, and downed two-time champion Hearts of Scotland before falling to Manchester United in the final last summer.
Prior to its overseas success, South Coast Bayern claimed the Cal South National Cup championship in San Diego last spring.
As a senior, Kohen picked up five goals and 10 assists as a defender for his Beverly Hills team, including a three-assist game for the Normans against Sierra on Dec. 11. During his junior season, Kohen recorded four goals to go along with eight assists from the back line, earning all-conference and All-CIF honors.
Kohen served as team captain for both his junior and senior campaigns, earning all-league recognition for both seasons.
Daniel is a very athletic and tough defender, who plays for a very strong club team in South Coast Bayern, Yeagley said. We feel Daniel has the potential to develop into an outstanding outside back or wide midfielder.
Ozbay and Kohen join forward Kyle McCrudden, the reigning Illinois high school player of the year, as part of Yeagleys first recruiting class.
In addition, the Badgers welcome back seven starters and 13 letterwinners from the squad that finished 9-7-3 last season.
UW opens the 2009 campaign with an exhibition game against UW-Parkside on Aug. 24 before beginning the regular season by hosting the Middleton Sports and Fitness Invitational the weekend of Sept. 4-6 at the McClimon Complex.