Aug. 27, 2010
With 13 true freshmen in addition to two transfers, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team has many new faces for the upcoming season. Follow along as UWBadgers.com introduces the newest Badgers during preseason training camp. Today, we meet freshman Ralph Noordink of Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Why did you choose Wisconsin?
I chose Wisconsin because of the great level of education. Furthermore, the athletic level is very high and I like the Wisconsin environment.
What are your goals and expectations for your first season at UW?
I want to get used to the U.S. system and improve myself physically. I also want to contribute to the Badgers’ success.
How did you spend your summer?
I worked many hours as a chef in a beach restaurant, enjoyed vacations to Tanzania with my parents and to Bulgaria with my friends, and did a lot of running.
What is the strongest part of your game?
My strongest part is to mark a striker and to neutralize him and fend him off.
What part of your game needs the most work?
The most work is needed on the physical part of my game because back in Holland we almost never train physically (only technically and tactically).
What is your favorite thing about Madison?
My favorite thing about Madison is the combination of a high education level and a great social life.
What are your pregame rituals?
My pregame rituals are to eat and drink well and to have a solid warm-up.
Outside of soccer, what is your best talent?
My best talent outside soccer is to easily communicate and interact with people.
How do you spend your free time?
I divide my time away from school between working, sporting and spending time with my friends.
What is your favorite professional club?
My favorite professional club is Tottenham Hotspur (London, U.K.).