MADISON, Wis. -- AJ Cochran entered the 2013 season on the national radar, garnering multiple preseason All-America honors from publications that included College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer.
Now, as the final stretch of the regular-season approaches, Cochran has sustained his status as one of the country’s top players and defenders, as the aforementioned Top Drawer Soccer named the junior to its Division I midseason top-100 college players list.
Cochran, who rang in at No. 24, is enjoying a well-rounded junior campaign that includes three goals, including the game winner against defending NCAA champion, Indiana (see video above) and three shutouts.
Recruited as a highly-touted defender, Cochran returned for his junior campaign following a spring season in which the Badgers did not give up a single goal. The junior earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2012 for his stellar performance during the regular season and is looking to turn that experience into success for UW this year.
Cochran has played an instrumental role in the Badgers’ 10-match home unbeaten run, the country’s longest streak. Wisconsin shares that distinction with just one other team (Dayton) in all of Division I college men’s soccer and boasts a 6-0-0 record at the McClimon Complex in 2013.
On the season, Cochran has three goals including a pair of game winners to go along with six points.