Marquette Men's Soccer Announces 2008 Freshman Class
Feb. 15, 2008
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University men's soccer head coach Louis Bennett today announced his freshman class for the 2008 season. Included in the lineup of newcomers are three players from Wisconsin, in addition to three out-of-state players. This is Bennett's third recruiting class since arriving at MU in 2006 and one that is loaded with talent.
"This recruiting class, once they become college fit and acclimatized to college life, will compete for time on the field -- that's exciting," said Bennett. "We are prepared to go anywhere -- coast-to-coast - to find the players who are the best fit for our program. That starts with looking at the best players from Wisconsin first and foremost, then reaching out elsewhere where we need to."
Having signed either the National Letter of Intent or an Acceptance of Admission to attend Marquette University and play for the Golden Eagles next season are: Amilcar Herrera (Milwaukee, Wis. / Riverside H.S. / FC Milwaukee); Chris Madsen (Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central H.S. / Brookfield Select); Calum Mallace (West St. Paul, Minn. / Henry Sibley H.S. / Woodbury Predators), Ben Calvopina (Palatine, Ill. / Palatine H.S. / Chicago Magic), Peter Hyde (St. Louis, Mo. / Chaminade College Prep. / Scott Gallagher Soccer Club); Greg Pignataro, (H.D. Jacobs H.S. / Chicago Magic North), David Check (Mequon, Wis. / Homestead H.S. / Mequon Soccer Club), and Paul Monsen (Stoughton, Wis. / Shattuck-St. Mary's School).
"All of our recruits were highly targeted players that will fit well with our program," said Bennett. "We believe that we have three of the state's top players coming to Marquette, and all of our recruits are accomplished players that have the potential to be some of the best collegiate players in the country."
Three players from this recruiting class have been tagged first team all-state selections: Madsen (Wisconsin), Mallace (Minnesota), and Hyde (Missouri). Herrera played locally with the club team FC Milwaukee (currently ranked 14th in the nation, according to Soccer America), where they've shared much success. Hyde's Scott Gallagher Soccer Club team is ranked No. 23 in the country and Calvopina's Chicago Magic squad is No. 2.
Mallace was a five-year varsity starter on the Henry Sibley High School squad. Calvopina, who is a three-time all-conference goalkeeper, will have the opportunity to work directly with Associate Head Coach Stan Anderson, also a product of Palatine High School and also a member of the school's athletics Hall of Fame.
Bennett mentioned that he will possibly add one or two more exciting players to the incoming class before the end of the Spring season.
"I would like to thank all of the club and high school coaches and counselors who helped these players get to where they are," added Bennett. "Also, our own people at Marquette University who helped with recruiting this class. When you set out on this journey, it's a team effort. I have a lot of respect for everybody who worked with these players and helped them realize their potential at Marquette."
Was a five-year starter at Henry Sibley... Mallace began play with Sibley as an eighth grader when he earned rookie of the year honors... Two-time Minnesota Class AA Boys All-State selection... Team captain and MVP during junior and senior seasons... Honored as a member of the NSCAA/Adidas High School Boys All-Region V team... Won USA Cup with the Woodbury Predators club team... Led Woodbury squad in goals as a midfielder... Personal... Born Jan. 10, 1990... A native of Scotland... Son of Jim and Val Mallace and brother Craig played for the Minnesota Thunder of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division.
Coach Bennett on Calum Mallace:
"Having worked with his older brother Craig, now a professional player with the Minnesota Thunder, I see both similarities and subtle differences between the two players; but one thing is for sure, they are both soccer nuts."
Was a first team all-conference performer during all four years at Riverside... At Riverside, was part of a conference championship in 2006... Holds Riverside record for most goals by a freshman with 20... Member of the FC Milwaukee club team... With FC Milwaukee, finished as national runner-up in 2006 and as national finalist in 2007...Personal... Born Feb. 10, 1990 in Panama... Oldest child of Reyes and Jeannette Herrera.
Coach Bennett on Amilcar Herrera:
Calvopina was all-conference honoree the past three years while serving as team captain for the last two... Led Palatine High School to a regional championship in 2007 as well as a conference championship in 2005... Team finished as finalists in the sectionals in 2007... Played club ball with the highly regarded Chicago Magic (currently ranked No. 2 in the country, according to Soccer America)... In 2007, Calvopina led the Magic to a state title and a Super Y-League U-18 National Championship...Personal... Born Nov. 2, 1989... Youngest child of Ozzie and Dianne Calvopina...Plans to major in Chemistry and Education.
Associate Head Coach Stan Anderson on Ben Calvopina:
"The physical qualities Ben possesses are his quickness off the line and a work rate that does not stop....he also has a presence factor in goal that separates him from most goalkeepers. His best goalkeeping is ahead of him."
A 2007 first team all-state member...Hyde was part of a 2006 team at Chaminade, which won the Missouri Class 3 State Championship and finished with a No. 4 national ranking... Leading scorer on Scott Gallagher Soccer Club (currently ranked No. 23 in the nation, according to Soccer America) from 2005-2007... Served as club team captain in 2006 and 2007... Personal... Born Oct. 23, 1989... One of six children to Jim and Molly Hyde... Plans to major in Economics.
Coach Bennett on Peter Hyde:
Was a 2007 first-team all-state and all-region honoree... As team captain in 2007, scored 19 goals to go along with 8 assists... Played goalie during junior season at Central... As goalie registered a single season school record of 11 shutouts... Played club ball for current Marquette women's soccer associate head coach, Frank Pelaez, with Brookfield U-18 Red... Personal... Born April 8, 1990... Son of Mark and Nancy Madsen.
Coach Bennett on Christopher Madsen:
Team captain and two-time All-Fox Valley Conference performer at H.D. Jacobs High School, where he helped the team win the regional championship in triple overtime in 2007 and finished sixth all-time at the school in total points... Was named a Northwest Herald All-Area Second Team selection following his season season... Plays club soccer for the Chicago Magic North... Personal... Born March 22, 1990... Son of Philip and Martha Pignataro.
Coach Bennett on Greg Pignataro
Helped lead the Homestead High School Highlanders to a conference title in double overtime his senior year... lettered in three varsity sports (track, baseball, and soccer) while at Homestead... Also played under coach Sinisa Angelovski for the Mequon Soccer Club, which has produced five national team players, three All-Americans, 15 professional players, and three MLS players... Personal... Born April 16, 1990... Son of Charlie and Lynn Check.
Coach Bennett on David Check
Associate Head Coach Stan Anderson on Check