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Star-studded soccer showdown approaches

Area's best high school senior players set to square off

Jan. 18, 2010

Soccer fields across the state are frozen over, and there is a nip in the air that would make even the bravest players shiver.

So some of the area's best soccer players are taking it indoors.

Thirty of the top suburban-Milwaukee high school senior soccer players will participate in the second annual NOW/Milwaukee Wave Senior Soccer All-Star Game on Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

The match pits East and West squads in an exhibition that follows the Wave's game with the Baltimore Blast.

Half of this year's players received all-state recognition, including Whitnall goal keeper Jacob Bye, a two-time all-state honorable mention during his four-year varsity career.

Bye, who verbally committed to Division I Wright State University in Ohio, was a first-team all-Woodland Conference goal keeper as a junior and senior (honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore). He has played club soccer for FC Milwaukee since 2000 and won three state championships (2005-07) with that unit.

He has also participated in the United State Soccer Federation Academy League since 2010.

"Jacobs's high-energy attitude contributed to the success of our program along with making players around him better," Whitnall coach Steve Miskov said.

Joining Bye on the East team will be his Whitnall teammate Nikolai Miskov, a team captain like Bye who was a first-team all-Woodland Conference forward last fall and finished second in the league's player of the year voting.

The team most valuable player and four-year starter finished with 30 career goals and 18 assists. The state-caliber sprinter who owns two school track records has played club soccer for the United Serbian Soccer Club since 1992 and will play at Carroll University next fall.

"He's an extremely unselfish player with a complete knowledge of the game and excellent ball skills," coach Miskov said. "In his career, both in club and high school, he never received a yellow or a red card. He played hard but fair. The dimension he added with his speed allowed us to compete with the top teams of the state.

"Both of these fine young athletes will be missed by our program, but will be an asset to their future squads."

While Bye will man the goal for the East team, West Allis Central's Jason Twarowski draws that assignment for the West squad.

Twarowski, who moved from Manitowoc to West Allis between his freshman and sophomore years, grabbed hold of the varsity starting goal keeper position as a sophomore and never relinquished it.

The three-time honorable mention all-Greater Metro Conference selection is joining the Army upon his graduation in June.

"Jason probably made more saves than any goalie in the state of Wisconsin," Central coach Ed Hahn said. "In addition to our conference schedule, we also played many other teams rated in the top-10 in the state polls over the course of Jason's three years at (Central).

"No matter what the score of a game might be, he never gave up trying to save the next shot. He truly was able to forget about every goal scored on our team and focus on the next shot rather than worry about the past."

Joining Twarowski in representing West Allis is Hale center midfielder Jose Alcaraz, a senior captain, team MVP and honor roll student who tallied six goals and three assists for the Huskies last fall.

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