Blaschka Latest Signee to Join Marquette Soccer Program
May 22, 2018
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s soccer program has announced the signing of Jett Blaschka, adding to an already strong 2018 class for head coach Louis Bennett and staff.
Blaschka, who will enroll at Marquette in the fall and have four years of eligibility remaining, reunites with Bennett who was his youth coach with the Bavarian Soccer Club in Milwaukee prior to his family moving to the U.S. Virgin Islands at age 9.
“I’ve known him for a long time and over the years he’s consistently evolved his game,” Bennett said. “When I saw him about 4 months ago, I knew it would be a possibility to bring him here. He’s a great athlete and can play several positions.
“Even as a utility player, I believe he has the ability to be a true specialist. We see him as an outside forward or an attacking outside back. As he acclimates to us, I think he’ll find his niche in the positions we’re looking at him.”
Like his game, Blaschka has developed a winning pedigree. He won a USVI championship as a select player at Country Day School before later becoming captain of the USVI U-15 National Team that competed in the 2013 CONCACAF Championships. A year later as a 15-year-old, he captained the USVI U-17 squad that competed in the 2014 CONCACAF first round group with Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Barbuda.
He left the US Virgin Islands to attend the Soccer Institute of Montverde Academy (SIMA) in Montverde, Florida in January of 2015. There, he won three-straight high school national championships (2016-18) for the top-rated high school soccer program in the country. He has rejoined the USVI Men’s National Team this summer, which is training in Florida.
The growing 2018 class now features 12 newcomers, including four early arrivals that joined the program in January: Alan Salmeron, Lukas Sunesson, Josh Coan (Pittsburgh transfer), Leo Villa (UW-Parkside transfer).
The remaining members of the class are set to enroll this fall. Tickets are now on sale for the team’s 11-game home schedule, which begins with an exhibition against Loyola-Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 11. The full 2018 schedule will be announced in early-June.
Full 2018 recruiting class (As of May 22)
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