With just over a month to go before he officially begins his playing career with the Wisconsin mens soccer team, incoming freshman Colin Monasterio already has caught the attention of the editors of a Web site that follows the game closely.
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The site annually selects the top 100 freshmen in the nation and tabbed Monasterio for the honor following a prep career that saw him twice earn All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, as well as the title of Mr. Soccer in his home state of Minnesota in 2007.
As a senior, the Maple Grove, Minn., native led his Wayzata High School team to a 16-1-3 record that included a runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament. He also was a three-time all-state selection and helped his club team to state titles in 2005 and 2007.
Monasterio is one of six newcomers from Big Ten Conference programs to make the list.
His initial campaign with the Badgers will begin with an exhibition match against UW-Parkside on Aug. 17, while the regular season gets underway against Wright State on Aug. 29.
College Soccer News' "100 Freshmen to Keep an Eye On in 2008"