Men's Soccer Adds Two at Semester

Jan. 20, 2017

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University head men’s soccer coach Louis Bennett has announced the addition of Grant Owens and Brody Kraussel to the Golden Eagle roster. Both are currently enrolled in classes at Marquette and eligible to compete in 2017.

Owens, a redshirt junior, spent his previous two seasons competing for Saint Louis University, while Kraussel, a senior, played the previous three seasons for Loyola-Chicago.

“Adding two players of this caliber sprinkles a lot of optimism as we enter this important spring and we’re excited about their abilities to play significant roles for us next season,” Bennett said.

Kraussel arrives at Marquette after a successful three seasons with the Ramblers. The Milwaukee native, who attended Muskego High School as a prep and played his club soccer with SC Waukesha, was an All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection and All-West Second Team pick in 2016 after totaling three goals and 10 assists and leading Loyola-Chicago to the second round of the NCAA tournament and the 21st ranking according to the NSCAA year-end Top-25 poll.

“Brody is a great addition to our team,” Bennett said. “It’s rare to get a player with his credentials. He had a very successful year a season ago and has been successful throughout his career. What has impressed me the most about Brody is his desire and excitement to join Marquette. He’s hard-working and diligent and is going to provide maturity to our young team as well as an additional resource for points.”

Owens appeared in all 17 games for the Billikens during his redshirt sophomore season in 2016, making seven starts and recording a goal and two assists. The O’Fallon, Missouri, native was named A10 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6) after scoring the game-tying goal for the then-No. 19 ranked Billikens in a 1-1 draw against Tulsa. He was also credited with an assist on the game-winning goal that propelled SLU to a 1-0 win over fifth-ranked Wake Forest.


 

 

“Grant also comes from a prestigious program,” Bennett said. “He’s a hard-working and focused player with a lot of collegiate experience and that will fit in well. He’s able to play multiple positions for us and that will provide some added stability to our young group."

The Golden Eagles will announce the remaining members of its 2017 recruiting class following NCAA National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

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