Soccer Adds Nine To 2007 Incoming Class

UIC head coach John Trask
UIC head coach John Trask

June 26, 2007

Chicago, Ill.- UIC head men's soccer coach John Trask announced that nine student-athletes have accepted their offers of admission from the University of Illinois at Chicago and will play soccer for the Flames beginning this fall.

Those student-athletes, each entering with four years of eligibility, are:

Cole Anderson (Midfielder - Everett, Wash./Everett H.S.)

Tyler Brown (Goalkeeper - Geneva, Ill./Marmion Academy)

Maurice Charles (Back - Aurora, Ill./Nequa Valley H.S.)

Joey Domenico (Midfielder/Forward - Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.)

Derek Huffman (Forward - Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.)

Taylor Kelliher (Goalkeeper - Prospect Heights, Ill./Hersey H.S.)

Andreas Laxgang (Midfielder - Arlington Heights, Ill./Hersey H.S.)

Alex Loncar (Forward - Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley H.S.)

Drew Wolfe (Midfielder - Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.)

Huffman, Kelliher, Laxgang and Wolfe were identified by the coaching staff at the UIC Soccer Camp, while Domenico was identified at the UIC Soccer Center of Excellence. Anderson also played at the UIC Soccer Camp.

Anderson earned three letters as a midfielder for Everett High School and played for the Snohomish United club team for five years under coach Dan Struk. Anderson was also a decorated prep wrestler for Everett, earning All-WESCO Team honors on the mat all four years.

"Cole is a young man we discovered at the Tacoma Shootout, came to the UIC Soccer Camp and really showed all the qualities of a winner," said Trask. "We feel his wrestling background and competitive nature will make him a big contributor to the program."

Brown patrolled the goal for three years at Marmion Academy in Aurora, Ill. He also played in a bevy of state and national championship competitions at the club level for Sockers FC Chicago under coach David Richardson.

"Tyler comes to us from the nationally-respected Sockers FC program here in Chicago," said Trask. "He has many of the physical tools necessary to become a very good collegiate goalkeeper."

Charles was an All-Upstate 8 back as a senior at Neuqua Valley and played for Mike Matkovich at the Chicago Magic club for two seasons.

"Maurice's athleticism and ability to play wide and in the back came to our attention during the tryout process this past spring," Trask said. "He developed nicely as a player during the second semester, earning a place on the team for the 2007 season."

Domenico was a four-year player in the midfield and up front for Munster High, earning All-Lake Athletic Conference First Team, All-Area First Team, All-District First Team and All-State Honorable Mention accolades. His four-year club resume includes two years under Luis Prato and NWI United FC and two years under Matkovich and Todd Sadler at the Magic.

"Joey is a player who came to our Center of Excellence and made an immediate impact on the coaching staff," said Trask. "His competitiveness and technical ability will allow for him to make excellent contributions to the program. Joey's best soccer is in front of him and we are glad he decided to join the UIC soccer program."

Huffman earned All-Upstate 8, All-Area and All-Sectional honors as a forward at Larkin High School in Elgin, Ill. Huffman played five years for Schwaben AC in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

"Derek is a young man whom we first met through UIC Soccer Camp," said Trask. "He exhibited to the coaching staff throughout the week that he has the necessary tools to become a very good player here at UIC."

A two-time All-Mid-Suburban League selection, Kelliher comes to UIC after three years manning goal for Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. His club experience includes seven years with Schwaben AC, where he was a team captain.

"Taylor also came to us from UIC Soccer Camp and the Schwaben club," said Trask. "His technical ability and leadership give him the ability to have an impact on the program from the goalkeeper position."

Another Hersey High School standout and Schwaben product is Andreas Laxgang, the son of Schwaben coach and former Indiana University standout Marcus Laxgang. The younger Laxgang was an All-Mid-Suburban League selection, a Daily Herald All-Area honoree and a Pioneer Press All-Northwest player, among his many other athletic and academic accomplishments as a member of the Huskies.

Trask knows Andreas' family well, as he was a teammate of the elder Laxgang with the Hoosiers.

"Andreas comes from a fine soccer family, with his father winning national championships while attending Indiana University," said Trask. "He has the soccer pedigree and quality on the ball which will allow him to become a very talented midfielder in the years to come."

Loncar teamed with Charles for the Neuqua Valley team while playing on the club level for the Chicago Fire Juniors in Wheaton, Ill. under coach Larry Sunderland for four years.

"Alex is another local player who the coaching staff feels, in time, can have a tremendous effect on the program," said Trask. "He is an excellent student and someone that, through his tremendous work habits, can reach his goals here at UIC."

Wolfe lettered four years and served as a team captain on the Larkin High School soccer team, playing with fellow Flames newcomer Huffman. He is also a veteran of Schwaben AC.

"Drew is the last of the Schwaben players identified at UIC Soccer Camp," said Trask. "It is the belief of the coaching staff that, with Drew's athleticism and technical ability, he could become a very important part of our defensive core in the coming years."

These nine players will join Moriba Diallo (Midfielder - Bristol, Ind./Northridge H.S.), Kevin Stoll (Forward/Midfielder - Florissant, Mo./Chaminade Prep), Tom Sweeney (Back - Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) and Robert Younger (Back - North Lincolnshire, England/The Read School) as part of the Flames' 2007 first-year class.