Following Wisconsins impressive tournament championship with two shutouts at the Cal Legacy Classic over the weekend, UW mens soccer players Nick Caronna and Alex Horwath each earned individual recognition on Monday.
Caronna, a senior defender from Brookfield, Wis., was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Caronna anchored the defense in both matches, including Sundays 1-0 victory over No. 7 Cal which marked the highest-ranked opponent that Wisconsin has beaten under head coach Jeff Rohrmans leadership.
The award is the first of Caronnas career and the first for a Badger since former UW student-athlete Jake Settle was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 last season.
Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper Alex Horwath (Woodbine, Md.) earned a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week. Horwath, who transferred to Wisconsin from UConn prior to the season, made six saves over the weekend to extend his shutout streak to 276 minutes and 17 seconds.
Both Caronna and Horwath have played every minute for the Badgers this season. Horwath, who had no collegiate experience prior to this season, now has three shutouts in four career games.
Caronna, Horwath and the Badgers return to the field Sept. 14 and 16 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic at Engelmann Field in Milwaukee. Wisconsin faces Gonzaga at 5 p.m. on Friday and Drake at noon on Sunday.