Bowling Green State University men's soccer coach Eric Nichols
and his staff have announced the addition of four student-athletes to the program. Juavanie Cole (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Coconut Creek/Owens CC), Jacob Roth
(Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius), Joe Sullivan
(Naperville, Ill./North) and Brent Winkler
(Farmington Hills, Mich. Farmington) will join the Falcons this fall.
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Cole, a defender/midfielder, will be a junior in the fall of 2013, and comes to BGSU after two years at Owens Community College in Toledo. He scored a total of 11 goals and 15 assists during that time, including three goals and six assists as a freshman in 2001. Cole earned All-OCCAC Second-Team honors that season, and was named to the All-OCCAC First Team in 2012. This past fall, he also was named the OCCAC's Defensive Player of the Year, and earned All-Region XII First-Team honors as well. Cole scored eight goals and added nine assists for the Express last year, including five goals over a two-game span in late September, earning him both OCCAC and NJCAA Division-I Player-of-the-Week honors. Cole attended Coconut Creek H.S. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he played for former BGSU men's soccer standout Bob Gofus. Cole was named the team's MVP and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He played club ball for the Coral Spring Storm.
“In Juavanie we see a player who has the tools to step in and help from day one,” said Nichols. “He has a nice blend of technique and physicality to his game, which will translate well to the Mid-American Conference.”
“I'm glad to have this opportunity to be a part of the Falcon family,” said Cole. “I plan to take my time here academically and athletically very seriously, and will do my best to help the Falcons soar to the top.”
Roth, a defender/midfielder, is in his senior year at St. Ignatius H.S., and played for coach Mike McLaughlin. As a senior, he was a First-Team All-Ohio selection, scoring five goals and adding nine assists as the Wildcats went 15-1-3 and advanced to the district final (where they lost to a St. Edward team coached by former BGSU men's soccer standout Tony Dore). Roth also earned All-Greater Cleveland First-Team honors in 2012. Roth was team MVP, and he was one of just 40 seniors across the nation selected to compete in the High School Soccer All-American Game in Birmingham, Ala., in December of '12. During Roth's four years with the program, the Wildcats did not lose a single regular-season game. St. Ignatius won the state title in 2011. Roth played club ball for Cleveland United SC.
“Jacob is a player who is loaded with potential,” said Nichols. “His high-end ability is impressive and we are excited to get him here and start pushing to help him reach that potential.”
“I chose Bowling Green because the coaching staff and players are very inviting, and the campus is really nice,” said Roth. “I look forward to being a part of the BGSU family.”
Sullivan, a midfielder, attends Naperville North H.S., where he was a three-time All-DuPage Valley Conference selection for BGSU men's soccer alum Jim Konrad. Sullivan earned All-State honors in 2012, when he scored a team-best 47 points on 16 goals and 15 assists. Sullivan finished second in school history with 36 career assists. He has been named to the Honor Roll in each of his first seven semesters, and has been a Distinguished Honor Roll recipient in five of those semesters. Sullivan played club ball for the Galaxy Soccer Club, helping the team to a state championship as well as a national title in 2012. Sullivan was a three-year captain for his club team.
“Joe is a very technical and creative central midfielder with the ability to run a game,” said Nichols. “He is also extremely bright and accomplished in the classroom. We are delighted to have him on board as he is a perfect fit for our team culture.”
Sullivan joins fellow Naperville North alumni Max Auden
and Michael Wiest
on the BGSU roster. Auden, Wiest and Danny Shea
all played for Galaxy SC.
“When I first stepped on campus, I knew that Bowling Green was a special place,” said Sullivan. “It feels great to be officially committed to BGSU and the men's soccer program. I am extremely proud to be a Falcon.”
Winkler, a defender, is a senior at Farmington H.S. Winkler did not play high-school soccer in 2012, instead playing for the US Soccer Development Academy Team. He was named to the all-state third team as a junior in the fall of 2011 under coach Luke Juncaj, earning all-league and all-district first-team accolades for the third consecutive season. Winkler led the team in assists as a freshman, and paced the club in goals as both a sophomore and junior. He had 36 goals and 22 assists during that three-year span. Winkler played club ball for Crew Wolves Academy (CSA Wolves), the same club program that current Falcon Jake Genrich
played for, and Winkler has extensive Olympic Development Program experience as well, with four years on the Region II team.
“Brent is an extremely intelligent soccer player,” said Nichols. “He primarily plays as an outside back, but does so with the technical ability and savvy of a central midfielder which allows him to offer a great deal to the attack. He has played at a very high level with the Wolves, and we look forward to seeing his services on Cochrane Field.”
“I signed with Bowling Green because I have great confidence in and respect for its coaching staff and its soccer program,” said Winkler. “I like their style of play and am impressed with BGSU's facilities and excellent College of Business. I look forward to the next four years as a BGSU Falcon.”
Nichols and his staff, assistants Charlie Edwards
and Greg Hennelly
and volunteer assistant Paul Habrecht
, lose the services of three seniors – Sean Hastings
, Zach Lemke
and Chris McLean
– from the 2012 team that finished 8-9-3 overall and 3-3-1 in Mid-American Conference play.
BGSU MEN'S SOCCER SIGNING CLASS
Hometown (Previous School[s])
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Coconut Creek) (Owens CC)
Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)
Naperville, Ill. (North)
Farmington Hills, Mich. (Farmington)