Men's soccer gets five new faces

The men's soccer team announced its 2004 recruiting class Tuesday. The Badgers will be joined by five players from across the Midwest who head coach Jeff Rohrman believes will bring a wealth of talent to the team

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"This is an exciting class," Rohrman said. "They are all exceptional soccer players and are capable of making the jump to the next level right away. They will be able to compete to play and contribute right from the start."


Wisconsin is bringing in a top recruit in Erik Ortega, a midfielder from Western Springs, Ill. He was named to the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune all-state teams and was the team captain on the Chicago Magic U-17 club team, which went to the 2003 U.S. Youth Soccer Association National Championship.


B.J. Goodman earned a plethora of awards in high school, where he was a midfielder. The Lake Orion, Mich., star played for Detroit Country Day Preparatory School where he earned all-region, all-area, all-district and all-state honors all four years.  

"B.J. is a player that we have had our eye on for a while," Rohrman said. "He is a bit of a slasher and can play a number of positions. Technically he is very good and he has the ability to score goals as well as set up players. He has a tremendous work rate, can get up and down the field, and can create a lot in the attack."


Wisconsin also recruited midfielder and forward Sho Fujita from West Bloomfield, Mich. Fujita has played with Michigan's state team since 1999 and was a U-16 player who earned interregional All-American honors.


Nick Caronna, a midfielder from Brookfield, has received his fair share of national attention. He was named an all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He was also the Greater Metro Conference player of the Year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Area Player of the Year and the Wisconsin Gatorade State Player of the Year. 

"Nick is clearly one of the top kids in the state," Rohrman said. "He's an incredibly versatile and athletic player who can play in a wide variety of places. He has been blessed with some great physical qualities and I really believe that he will blossom and develop into a very good soccer player at the collegiate level."


Dirk Pearson, the fifth recruit, was a midfielder and forward for Barrington High School in South Barrington, Ill. Like Caronna, Pearson earned the NSCAA All-American badge, as well as Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune and Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state recognition. He also played with the Chicago Sockers club team.

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