Virginia men’s soccer adds experience in All-Big Ten second-teamer from Wisconsin

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Photo: UVA Athletics

The Virginia men’s soccer team added to its roster this week with the transfer of Moritz Kappelsberger, a 6-foot-4 center back from the University of Wisconsin.

Kappelsberger, a native of Rosenheim, Germany, was All-Big Ten second team in 2021 and also All-Big Ten All-Academic. Originally a player at Duquesne before transferring to Wisconsin, Kappelsberger never left the field as a freshman.

While at Wisconsin last season, Kappelsberger led the Badgers in minutes played with a total of 921. He has started every match of his college career.

Wisconsin coach Jack Trask said of Kappelsberger: “Moritz brings valuable experience and quality. Having played two years of Division-I soccer, he understands the collegiate game. Moritz brings a cultured left foot and physical abilities needed to be a top-level center back. When his name appeared in the transfer portal (after the 2019 season), we jumped at an opportunity to bring this natural leader into the 2020 Badger soccer team.”