Former Badger mens soccer player Noah Goerlitz has signed a contract with Canterbury United of the New Zealand Football Championship where he will rejoin his former UW teammate Nick Van Sicklen.
The two former Badgers recently left for Christchurch, New Zealand under different circumstances. Van Sicklen, a former member of Major League Soccers D.C. United, knew he had a spot with Canterbury this season before he left the United States.
Goerlitz, on the other hand, was invited to try out for a spot on the team. It took less than a week for the Neenah, Wis., product to make a strong impression.
"He's only been here a week, but he's been most impressive," manager Danny Halligan told The Press in Canterbury. "He had good references and credentials and he's made a good impression, on and off the field. He gives us some depth and he's certainly a quality player."
A tri-captain in his senior year along with Van Sicklen, Goerlitz played in 71 games as a Badger from 2001 to 2004, starting 63 games. The defensive midfielder finished his career with nine assists and also spent some time playing defender.
Goerlitz was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection and also earned a spot on the 2004 Big Ten All-Tournament team. Off the field, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Since leaving UW, Goerlitz played for the Princeton 56ers of the National Premier Soccer League. The Princeton 56ers played for the NPSL title back in July, falling to Sacramento in the championship match.
Canterbury United was founded in 2004 and last season in its second year of competition reached the championship game of the league playoffs. The team fell 4-3 on penalty kicks to Auckland City to just miss a place in regional world club cup qualifying.