Wisconsin sophomore Joe Anderson earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 9. The Racine, Wis., native played all 180 minutes during the Badgers two wins at this past weekends Gonzaga Nike Soccer Classic in Spokane, Wash.
Wisconsin earned its third consecutive shutout with a 2-0 win over tournament host Gonzaga Friday then battled Oregon State for a decisive 2-1 win Sunday afternoon. With the road victories, Wisconsin improves its season record to 4-0 and claimed their second tournament title for the season.
Anderson garnered the Gonzaga Nike Soccer Classics Defensive MVP award for helping lead the Badger defense through the teams two defensive shutout wins. The lone goal against Wisconsin came off of a penalty kick by Oregon State.
As a freshman, Anderson started and player in 14 of Wisconsins 19 total games and was named the teams Most Outstanding Freshman. This season Anderson, a psychology major, joins senior co-captain John McGrady in leading the Badgers back line.
Badgers Climb To Third in Regional Rankings
The Wisconsin mens soccer team moved up to third place in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas regional rankings for the week of Sept. 9, improving on last weeks debut of 10th on the list of Great Lakes Division I soccer programs.
The Badgers made the largest jump in the region and now sit behind first-place Notre Dame and second-place Indiana. Both Notre Dame and Indiana were ranked nationally for the Week of Sept. 2, however national rankings for the week of Sept. 9 have not been released.
The third-place ranking beats out the 2001 Badgers highest finish of fifth place for the week of Oct. 1, 2001.
For more information on NSCAA/adidas rankings, visit www.nscaa.com.