Feb. 15, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University men’s soccer head coach Louis Bennett has announced the first ten members of the program’s 2016 recruiting class. Signing letters of intent were Anton von Hofacker, Connor Alba, Griffin Jende, Jan Maertins, Jordan Palmer, Noah Heim, Patrick Seagrist, Luka Prpa, Zacharias Andreou and Jordan Webb.
Bennett and his staff have reeled in a top-10 recruiting class and their fourth straight crop to break into the top-15, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. Heading up the largest class since 2007 when Bennett welcomed 12 newcomers is Luka Prpa, who ranks No. 36 on the IMG Academy Top-150 list.
Five of Bennett’s recruits are already enrolled for this semester and able to partake in spring training sessions and competitions. They include: von Hofacker, Alba, Maertins, Seagrist and Heim.
2016 Recruiting Class
Luka Prpa | Midfield | Wind Lake, Wis.
- Ranked as top midfielder in the Midwest and No. 36 overall in the IMG Academy Top-150.
- Member of U14, U15 and U17 US National teams and Olympic Development Program.
- Played for Chicago Magic PSG Academy, winning the USSDA Nationals in 2015 following a third place finish in 2014.
- Earned a trial with English Premier League club Swansea FC in April 2012 and March 2015.
Jordan Palmer | Midfield | Madison, Wis.
- Ranked as one of the top midfielders in the Midwest and No. 147 overall in the IMG Academy Top-150.
- Led Whitefish Bay HS to 23-2-1 record and Wisconsin Division 2 State title in 2015.
Patrick Seagrist | Defender | Barrington, Ill.
- Ranked as the 15th-best defender in the Midwest by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
- Played three seasons for Sockers FC Academy, serving as two-time captain.
Anton von Hofacker| Defender | Bergen, Norway
- Born in Hamburg, Germany before migrating to Norway early in his childhood.
- Played professionally for Norwegian Division 1 club team Åsane.
Jan Maertins | Forward | Rheinfelden, Germany
- Played for Switzerland club FC Basel (U15-U-18) where he won a Swiss title and was a two-time Swiss Cup winner.
Connor Alba | Forward | Waukesha, Wis.
- Spent 2015 season with Chicago Fire Academy, participating in the Al Kass International Tournament in Qatar.
- Played three seasons for SC Waukesha, where he led them to two state championships and three straight MRL Premier titles.
- Was a two-time WYSA All-State selection and served as team captain in 2014.
Noah Heim | Goalkeeper | Cambridge, Wis.
- A two-time first-team All-Capitol Conference selection for Cambridge High School.
- Played club soccer for Madison FC.
Zacharias Andreou | Defender | Nicosia, Cyprus
- Played professionally for AC Amonia Nicosia in Cyprus, serving as team captain at all levels he played (U13-U21).
- Earned MVP honors at the FJC Budapest U16 Tournament in Hungary.
- Called into Cyprus U18 National Team camp.
Griffin Jendre | Forward | Waukesha, Wis.
- A first-team All-Conference, All-State, All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2015, while being named Woodland Conference Player of the Year for Pewaukee High School in 2014.
- Set the school record for career goals (90), career assists (45) and most single-season goals when he scored 33 as a junior. He followed that up with 32 goals during his senior season.
Jordan Webb | Defender | Marion, Iowa
- Member of the Linn-Mar team that won the 2015 Class 3A state title in Iowa.
- Started all 21 games as a junior, earning All-Conference second team and All-Metro first team honors.