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Soccer recruiting class complete

Coming off their first Horizon League Championship and visit to the NCAA Tournament in eight years, the Milwaukee Panthers are looking to replace a graduating class that included several starters. They may have done that, rounding up eight players that could have them in the hunt for the College Cup right away this season.

Losing Jamie Ashcroft, Aaron Cranfill, Andrew Stone, Robbie Boyd and Austin Toth off the starting eleven, coaches Kris Kelderman, Kyle Zenoni and Mark Litton have been locking in replacements and developmental players to continue building the program back to national prominence.

Heading up the recruiting class is Reid Stevenson (@reidstevenson7), a center forward from Sturgeon Bay. The high school senior has great speed for his size, which is very good at 6’3”. Stevenson was recruited heavily by Wisconsin and chose Milwaukee to help him try to reach his goal of becoming a professional soccer player. He’s got a great technical game, but the coaches rave about his attitude on the pitch. Expectations are high for the FC Wisconsin product.

Joining Stevenson from FC Wisconsin is Nick Moon, somebody the coaching staff hopes can make up for the speed and goal scoring ability lost with the graduation of Boyd. Moon is fast, with breakaway speed to separate from defenders on the long ball.  He’s good on the ball, but his real advantage in comparison to Boyd would be his height. At 6’1”, he can play a vertical game that the team needs. Add in his abilities as a striker and the Panthers could be scoring a lot of goals in the near future. Moon comes to Milwaukee from Waukesha West.

Adding some more speed to the front line is SC Waukesha forward Colin Dibb (@ColinDibb12). Assistant coach Kyle Zenoni describes Dibb as “blue-collar,” a hard worker who is tough as nails and can score goals for the Black and Gold. Dibb is a forward with some great potential. He’s not the only player coming from SC Waukesha, however. Andy Chmielewski, a defender from Wales, is a big defender at 6’2″ with great feet and stamina. He can get up and down for Milwaukee. With a defender and a forward, SC Waukesha gives Milwaukee their star midfielder Kai Bottum (@KBottum8). Described as “super technical,” the midfielder Bottum is deadly with the ball at his feet. He handles very well and can spray the ball all over the field. The center midfielder from East Troy could be a future assists leader for Milwaukee.

In addition to the homegrown talent, Milwaukee is adding to its foreign flair from over the pond.

Magnus Flaatdall, a center midfielder from Norway, has size and toughness that the coaching staff covets as they try to put together a team to challenge for the College Cup. Magnus is a ballwinner, very reminiscent of senior Luke Goodnetter. The Norwegian is also the kind of player who can spray it all over the pitch.

Englishman Charlie Rolls (@CharlieRolls11) is an outside defender who can play forward back for the Panthers. He’s a hard-nosed kid, bringing the kind of attitude on the defensive side of the pitch that the Panthers have lacked for years. Rolls plays the kind of physical English game that translates well to the Horizon League.

Just signed by the Panthers is Norwegian Petter Ingebrigtsen (@PIngebrigtsen), a forward from Norway. The coaching staff sees Ingebrigtsen as a goal scorer who can play on the wing and bring the hard-nosed European style to the Panthers’ squad. He is very good at keeping the pace of the match.

Despite the disappointing loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to lowly Wisconsin, the Panthers look to build on their first championship season in almost a decade and head towards the College Cup.

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