MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team has long awaited the opportunity to be a threat on both ends of the field and has shown that ability this season. UW just never thought it would be one of the country’s most dominant defenders would also be the one to earn them one of the most memorable wins of the season.
Following his two-goal outing against defending national champion, Indiana, on Friday, junior AJ Cochran was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.
Cochran, who entered the match with a single goal through 10 matches, earned a pair of scores, including the game-winner against the Hoosiers in the 84th minute. The St. Louis, Mo., native capped off a three-goal comeback win against the Hoosiers by scoring both of his goals in the final 25 minutes of action.
The junior also helped the Badgers extend their home winning streak to nine games by anchoring a back line that also defeated Drake, 3-2, on Oct. 8.
A 2012 first-team All-Big Ten honoree, Cochran was also named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week, as he helped UW jump back into the national top-25 for the first time in over two weeks.
The 18th-ranked Badgers welcome Western Illinois to the McClimon Complex on Tues., Oct. 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.