June 19, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 13-18).
Today we feature Male Athlete of the Year nominee AJ Cochran of men’s soccer.
• 2013-14 Year in Review
MADISON, Wis. – One of the most decorated players in University of Wisconsin men’s soccer history, AJ Cochran and the Badgers made the 2013-14 season one that will long be remembered.
Leading the Badgers to their first NCAA tournament appearance in nearly two decades, the junior defenseman became just the third player in UW history to earn first-team NSCAA All-America honors. The 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the year, Cochran started in all 21 matches last season anchoring a back line that earned seven shutouts in and allowed only seven goals in Big Ten play.
The St. Louis, Missouri, native became the first player in program history to be named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, an award given out annually to the nation’s top men’s collegiate soccer player by the Missouri Athletic Club.
Cochran was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection, tallying six points on three goals in 2013, including a pair of game winners. His most memorable offensive performance, and one of the most thrilling in program history, came in a 4-3 comeback win over defending NCAA champion Indiana on Oct. 11. Cochran recorded a pair of goals in the final 17 minutes of action, including the game-winning header in the 84’ minute to punctuate an improbable, three-goal comeback victory for UW in its conference home opener.
Cochran and the Badgers reached the 14-win mark for the first time since 1995. UW also finished the season in the midst of a 14-match home unbeaten streak, which marks the longest such run currently held in the nation.