Prior to last week, freshman goalkeeper Jake Settle had stepped on the field for just over nine minutes with the Wisconsin men's soccer team. Now with just two collegiate starts under his belt, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native was named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 29.
Stepping in for injured starting goalkeeper Eric Hanson, Settle earned his first-ever collegiate starts against Illinois-Chicago and Ohio State this past week. Wisconsin defeated the Flames 2-0 and were edged out 1-0 by Ohio State in the Badgers' Big Ten season-opening match.
Settle collected three saves in each match and earned his first career shutout against Illinois-Chicago.
This week's men's soccer honor also marks the second straight year that a Badger goalkeeper has won the Player of the Week award in his first collegiate starting weekend.
Hanson, a junior tri-captain for the Badgers this season, shared Defensive Player of the Week honors with Indiana's John Swann (Sept. 2) in his collegiate debut last season. The Madison, Wis., native earned two shutouts in his first two career games at UW. He was also named the Defensive MVP of the Rocky Rococo Classic for his performance that weekend.
Wisconsin, currently 5-6-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten, travels down I-94 Wednesday to play in-state rival UW-Milwaukee. Kickoff at Engelmann Field is set for 3 p.m.
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