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Bradley Soccer Adds Two Transfers
Release: Thursday 05/11/2012 
by BradleyBraves.com
 

PEORIA, Ill. - The Bradley Soccer team's recruiting class grew to 12 members Friday with the announcement that two transfer forwards will join the Braves for the 2012 season.  Alon Badat, the second-leading scorer in Canada' Ontario University Athletics division last season, and Aaron Birk, the leading scorer at Oral Roberts in 2011, both will attend Bradley in the fall.

Badat and Birk join nine freshmen who signed with Bradley in March, as well as Duquesne transfer Johnny Contreras, who enrolled at Bradley for the 2012 spring semester, in the Braves' 12-man recruiting class.


Alon Badat | F | 5'10" | 154 | Thornhill, Ontario | Westmount Collegiate Institute | York University
Badat (full name pronounced:  alone | beh - DOT) led York to a bronze medal in the Ontario University Athletics postseason tournament and a 14-2-3 overall record in 2011.  The 5-foot-10 forward was the second-leading scorer in the OUA with 14 goals last season and earned OUA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport all-star status while leading York to the No. 1 national ranking throughout the season. 

As a freshman in 2010, Badat scored nine goals to earn the OUA Rookie of the Year and he recorded an assist in York's 1-0 win in the 2010 CIS national championship game.

"We are incredibly excited that Alon will be joining us at Bradley University," said 17th-year Braves head coach Jim DeRose.  "To add such a talented player to our recruiting class is extremely exciting.  Coach (Devin) O'Neill has done an incredible job in the recruiting process with Alon, and during his campus visit he immediately connected with our professors, staff and players.

"With two years of eligibility remaining as he pursues his degree in finance, Alon brings us a mature, experienced and proven national-level attacking player after such heavy losses to graduation," DeRose added.  "Alon has international experience in Israel and Canada and was one of Canada's most-prolific scorers at York University."

"Alon is a very technical player who takes pride in his ability to keep possession in tight spaces," said York assistant coach Patrice Gheisar.  "He is also a gifted attacking player who can constantly create problems for opponents.  He is always exciting on the ball and has the ability to play one-touch or display his 1-v-1 attacking ability.

"We are glad that he is attending an institution which will allow him to succeed in the classroom and on the field," added Gheisar.  "Alon is a great student-athlete who values education and this was one of his reasons for choosing Bradley.  He also wanted to compete in a tough conference and this was another contributing factor to choosing Bradley."

Born in Herzliva Pituah, Israel, Badat returned to his home country following his graduation from Westmount Collegiate Institute and played two seasons for the Maccabi Netanya reserve team and helped the youth team to the 2008 U20 Israeli Cup finals as the team's leading scorer.

"Alon's youth experience in Israel with head coach and former German World Cup star Lothar Matthäus was an invaluable experience that allowed him to take his game to new heights upon his return to Canada," said DeRose.  "Alon has exceptional speed with and without the ball and he has great 1-v-1 attacking ability.  We believe Alon will be one of our most exciting players and provide our fans with some great moments."


Aaron Birk | F | 6'0" | 160 | Edmund, Okla. | North H.S. | Oral Roberts
Birk was voted to the All-Midwest Region Third Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and earned first-team All-Summit League honors after leading Oral Roberts with seven goals, six assists and 20 points as a junior in 2011.  With plans to complete his degree in mechanical engineering, Birk will have two years to complete his final season of eligibility with the Braves.

Among Birk's seven goals in 2011 was an 83rd-minute tally against the Braves in Bradley's 5-2 victory versus Oral Roberts Oct. 31 at Shea Stadium.

"We are certainly excited to add a player of Aaron's caliber to our program at this time in the recruiting process," said DeRose.  "His performance at Oral Roberts obviously has been fantastic, as noted by his postseason accolades as a first-team All-Summit League performer and his inclusion on the All-Midwest team.

"Aaron is an athletic and dynamic player who can influence the game in multiple positions and we have seen that on tape and in person," DeRose added.  "While we have yet to decide where his best position will be for us, we are confident that he will find a way to impact our team.  Playing  under Coach Steve Hayes (Oral Roberts head coach), Aaron understands the demands of the game and he was used in multiple capacities.  The experience and the coaching he has received should allow Aaron to integrate into our program well. 

"Aaron is a very good student majoring in mechanical engineering," contined DeRose, "and it is his goal to play in a nationally-ranked program and compete for NCAA Tournaments in a top conference, as well as pursue a degree of excellence at a nationally-acclaimed engineering institution.  I believe Bradley fits the bill perfectly and we look forward to his arrival."


Bradley has played in consecutive NCAA Tournaments for the first time in program history, but the Braves lost 11 lettermen from their 2011 squad that finished 15-6-2 overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  In addition to its 12-man recruiting class, Bradley returns 15 lettermen, as well as a pair of players that redshirted last season.

2012 Bradley Soccer Recruiting Class

Recruit

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown High School Last School
Alon Badat

F

5-10

154

Thornhill, Ontario Westmount Collegiate Institute York University
Grant Bell

D

6-0

165

Little Falls, Minn. Little Falls Community H.S.  
Aaron Birk

F

6-0

160

Edmund, Okla. North H.S. Oral Roberts
Andrew Brown

MF

5-8

152

Overland Park, Kan. Saint Thomas Aquinas H.S.  
Johnny Contreras

D

6-0

175

Des Plaines, Ill. Maine West H.S. Duquesne
Jake Dudley

MF/F

5-9

150

Denver, Colo. Cherry Creek H.S.  
Logan Ketterer

GK

6-2

165

Racine, Wis.

The Prairie School  
J.T. Kotowski

D

5-11

160

Keller, Texas Keller H.S.  
Andrew Kovacevic

D/MF

6-1

150

Naperville, Ill. Neuqua Valley H.S.  
Jason Lesch

MF/F

6-0

165

Vernon Hills, Ill. Vernon Hills H.S.  
Jerrin Moore

D

5-9

150

Country Club Hills, Ill. Bishop Noll Institute (Ind.)  
Joe Morales

MF

5-11

175

Colorado Springs, Colo. St. Mary's H.S.  

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