The UW mens soccer team officially begins its 2003 campaign this Saturday, August 23, at the McClimon Soccer Complex. The annual Red / White intrasquad game begins at 2 p.m. The game is open to the general public and admission is free.
Second-year head coach Jeff Rohrman and his staff have a lot of reasons to feel optimistic and enthusiastic heading into the season. A group of nine veterans and an incoming class of 13 newcomers form a Badger team with experience, strong leadership, talent and depth. This year's team captains are Erol Goknur (Madison, Wis.), Watson Vaughan Prather (Potomac, Md.) and Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.).
A year ago the 9-10-0 Badgers scored 25 goals led by hometown junior Nick Van Sicklen (Madison, Wis.) and sophomore Phil Doeh (Dixon, Ill.). That duo returns along with Jed Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), a transfer from Southwest Missouri State, who established his presence this past spring season when he scored four goals to lead the team in scoring.
Top newcomers include Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.), younger brother of Jed, Reid Johnson (Mequon, Wis.), Aaron Witchger (Edina, Minn.) and Jake Settle (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). All were 2002 NSCAA adidas High School All-Americans.
The Badgers open regular-season play hosting the 15th annual Rocky Rococo - Wisconsin Classic Labor Day weekend at the McClimon Soccer Complex. On Friday, August 29, Northern Illinois and UW-Milwaukee begin tourney play at 5 p.m., followed by the Badgers and New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. Games conclude on Sunday, August 31, with UW-Milwaukee and New Mexico playing at noon and the UW and Northern Illinois closing the event with a 2:30 p.m. contest.