August 14, 2013

Butler Adds Five Men’s Soccer Recruits

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler men's soccer coach Paul Snape finalized his 2013 roster with the addition of five new players.  The third-year Butler coach added a trio of transfers, plus two more freshmen to complete his 25-player squad.

Joining the Bulldogs for the upcoming season are transfers Vincent Mitchell (Reckford Clarendon, Jamaica), Donald "DJ" Schillinger (Zionsville, Ind.) and Michael Kozielek (Bartlett, Ill.), plus first-year players David Goldsmith (Bristol, England) and Anthony Smith Jr. (Country Club Hills, Ill.).  Mitchell, who will be eligible this season, previously attended Concordia College in Alabama.  Schillinger, who's transferring from Marquette, and Kozielek, who's coming from DePaul, both will sit out this year.

Here's a look at Butler's new players:

Vincent Mitchell (Reckford Clarendon, Jamaica / Concordia College Alabama)
Mitchell is a transfer from Concordia College in Alabama. In his only season at Concordia, he was a USCAA First Team All-American. In his senior year at Manchester High School, he was called into a camp with the Jamaican under-20 National Team.

Mitchell on Butler: "I chose Butler University because of its many great academic opportunities. I am also looking forward to helping contribute to the team, and play at the highest level of college soccer."

Coach Snape on Vincent Mitchell:  "Vincent has the potential to be a special attacking player for three years at Butler. He has a natural ability to beat players one-on-one with both speed and deception."

David Goldsmith (Bristol, England / Marlwood School Alveston)
Goldsmith played for West Bromwich Albion English Premier League Academy for five years. This past year, he participated in and was named captain of, the Nike Academy in Loughborough England. Goldsmith has also spent time in an under-19 camp for Wales.

Goldsmith on Butler:  "I felt a great connection to Coach Snape both personally, and his vision of the direction and style of play of the team. I am looking forward to the opportunity to earn a degree from a prestigious University, and further my dreams of playing professionally after college."

Coach Snape on David Goldsmith:  "David has a proven track record of scoring goals as a youth player in some extremely impressive and competitive environments. He is a striker that anybody would love to play with, who couples his effectiveness in the box with unselfishness and a tremendous work rate."

Anthony Smith Jr. (Country Club Hills, Illinois / Marian Catholic)
As a freshman competing in Chicago High School soccer, Smith was named to the all-conference team at Marian Catholic. A year later he repeated that feat and added an all-area selection. Smith spent the last two years playing for head coach Larry Sunderland at the Chicago Fire, in the Development Academy. As a junior, he helped his Chicago Fire u-16 team reach Finals Week.

Smith on Butler:  "I felt Butler was the best of both worlds that were important to me. I liked the opportunities I will have in the classroom and on the field."

Coach Snape on Anthony Smith:  "The Chicago Fire have a proven history of preparing youth players for college. Anthony is a dynamic and versatile attacking player who can play both out wide and up front. He has a knack for getting in behind defenses and causing havoc amongst the opposing defenders."

Donald (DJ) Schillinger  (Zionsville, Indiana / Marquette University)
DJ is a transfer from Marquette who, before college, played for both the Indiana and Region 2 ODP team. As a junior, he captained his Shattuck St. Mary's team to the Disney Showcase Championship. As a senior, he notched 2 goals and 13 assists under coach Tim Carter. At Marquette, DJ appeared in 8 matches in 2012 and tallied one assist.

Schillinger on Butler:  "The pedigree of the University speaks for itself. I chose Butler because of the excellence it provides both on the pitch, and in the classroom."

Coach Snape on DJ Schillinger:  "DJ is a mobile, athletic box to box central mid, who takes on the responsibilities of both attacking and defending. He is a selfless worker and an unselfish distributor who is good at connecting the game."

Michael Kozielek (Bartlett, Illinois / DePaul University)
Michael is a transfer from DePaul who spent his time before college in the Chicago Fire's youth system. His 2011 team were National Champions of the NPL League. At DePaul, Michael started 17 matched as a freshman in 2012 and totaled 4 points on one goal and two assists. He was voted Freshman Player of the Year by his teammates.

Kozielek on Butler:  "I chose to transfer to Butler because of their highly respected program and their coaching. I really feel Butler is where I will be able to grow, develop and excel as a player and a student."

Coach Snape on Michael Kozielek:  "Michael is a hard working, versatile player with an extremely high soccer IQ. His intelligence and athleticism allows for him to play a variety of positions and adapt rather easily."

Butler will see its first 2013 action with an exhibition match against Eastern Illinois on Monday, August 19.  That contest will be played in the Butler Bowl at 7 p.m.  The Bulldogs open the regular season at home against Western Michigan on Friday, August 30.