Four members of the Wisconsin mens soccer team were recognized for their achievements both on and off the field this season at the Big Ten banquet Thursday evening. Captain Aaron Hohlbein received his third consecutive All-Big Ten honor as he was named to the All-Big Ten first team for the first time after being on the second team the previous two years. Freshmen Victor Diaz, Kenny Dix and Andy Miller were all selected to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team.
Diaz was a unanimous decision to the Big Ten All-Freshmen team. Miller, the only freshman to play in all 19 games this year, along with Diaz and Dix gave the Badgers more All-Freshmen team selections than any other team. Diaz was also honored on the All-Big Ten second team, as he was the choice weapon of the Badger offense this season with seven goals and two assists.
The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. For the first time, Wisconsins Aaron Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) claimed this honor and is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. An award the Big Ten presents to one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
Indianas Brian Plotkin was the selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year while teammate Lee Nguyen was selected as the Freshman of the Year. Penn State head coach Barry Gorman was honored as the conferences Coach of the Year after leading the Nittany Lions to the regular season Big Ten Crown.