Men's Soccer Signs Three to 2017 Recruiting Class

Feb. 8, 2017

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University head men’s soccer coach Louis Bennett has announced the first three signees for his 2017 recruiting class. Signing letters of intent were a trio of local products from the Milwaukee area: Tode Atlija, Roland Conway and Zak Wegner.

“I’m really happy about this class so far,” Bennett said. “These guys are all local and I believe we got three of the top-seven to 10 players in Wisconsin. It’s a solid start as we look to add two or three more players to our 2017 class.”

All three signees will enroll in the fall semester and have four seasons of eligibility.

2017 Recruiting Class

Tode Atlija | Forward | Franklin, Wis.

  • Played with club FK Vozdovac in Belgrade, Serbia during the 2015-16 season, scoring three goals and four assists in eight contests.
  • Trained with Celtic FC during the summer of 2014 and moved to Chicago Fire Academy shortly thereafter.
  • Has scored over 460 goals over the course of his career.
  • Brother Nikola Atlija recently finished his junior season as a member of the men’s soccer team at UW-Madison.
  • Played club soccer for FC Wisconsin, United Serbians FC and United FC Kenosha

Comments from Coach Bennett: “Tode can play multiple forward positions. He’s a classic center or a wide forward and a rugged-type of player. He’s made a lot of sacrifices for his game already after spending a year in Serbia, studying and playing with top-level teams there before returning to Wisconsin to finish high school and sign his letter of intent at Marquette. He has the potential to be one of those special forwards. We’re very fortunate to have another addition [to Luka Prpa] from the Serbian community in Milwaukee."


 

 

Roland Conway | Midfielder | Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica.
  • Played club soccer for FC Milwaukee and FC Wisconsin during his first two years of high school before joining the team at Brookfield East HS as a junior.
  • Was named First Team All-Conference and was an All-Area selection.
  • Also played two seasons of ice hockey.

Comments from Coach Bennett: “Roland’s style is a crafty [holding midfielder] with the ability to break up plays defensively and create plays with the ball. He has experience locally as well as with the academy, so he’s well-suited to our style and will fit in well. He also has good 'blueprints' to form his game and is a valuable addition to our midfield."

Zak Wegner | Midfielder | Hartland, Wis.

  • Captained Arrowhead HS to a 19-2 record in 2016, leading the team to a state sectional final appearance after finishing runner-up in 2015.
  • A 2016 NSCAA All-American and All-Region selection, two-time All-State honoree, and 2016 Classic Eight Conference Player of the Year.
  • Scored 32 goals and set a school-record with 32 assists during senior campaign.
  • Played club soccer for FC Wisconsin.

Comments from Coach Bennett: “He’s a mobile, athletic soccer player that can play in the middle of the field as well as out wide. Every time we went to see him, he showed very well. His mobility, the quality of his passing, and moving are going to be important in the college game for us.”

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