Seven Men's Soccer Players Sign With Butler University
April 22, 2005
Butler men's soccer coach Joe Sochacki has added six high school athletes and one college transfer to his roster for the 2005 season. The seven new recruits represent three states and one foreign country.
Joining the Bulldogs next fall will be high school seniors Brady Graham of St. Louis DeSmet (Mo.), Joe Wienman of Dixon (Ill.), Frank Patano of East Leyden (Ill.), Cory Barber of Cathedral (Ind.), Danny Akl of Waubonsie Valley (Ill.), and Eduardo Garcia of Ricardo Palma (Peru), plus former Eastern Illinois University goalkeeper Mike Sims.
"As a whole, this class brings balance and depth at every spot on the field for our team," stated Sochacki, who guided Butler to a 13-6-1 record and a tie for first place in the final Horizon League regular season standings last fall. "We feel that each one of these young men can step in and make an immediate impact on our 2005 season."
Graham is a versatile midfielder who played for the St. Louis Soccer Club. He was called by Sochacki, "...a wonderful attacking player who is able to change the complexion of the game with his great vision and ability to put the ball in the back of the net." Wienman, a 6-4 back, was a member of the Rockford Raptors. Sochacki cited his size, technical ability, and his ability to read the game and win balls in the air.
Patano, who plays for the FC United club team, is a National Soccer Coaches Association of American All-American. He scored 122 goals during his high school career! Barber, who plays for former Butler assistant coach A. J. McAdams with Dynamo, is a defender. He's helped Dynamo to six consecutive state championships.
Akl is a midfielder who plays for the Chicago Magic club squad. "He has the ability to attack on the flank, and his club experience has prepared him for the college game," said Sochacki. Garcia, a forward, was a member of the U-17 and U-20 national teams in Peru. He's a 6-3 player who will add size to the Bulldogs' front line.
Sims started 16 matches at Eastern Illinois last fall and posted a 1.76 goals against average. He went the distance and had four saves in the Panthers' 1-0 victory over Butler. The 6-0 goalkeeper is a member of the Chicago Sockers club program, along with current Butler players Scott Olsen, Tim Blake, Roberto Gallo and Jason Kieffer.