Nov. 11, 2011
Big Ten honorees
MADISON, Wis. -- Four members of the Wisconsin men's soccer team have earned All-Big Ten honors, announced by the league at its annual banquet Thursday night.
Junior Tomislav Zadro (Toronto, Ontario) was named to the All-Big Ten first-team, sophomore Chris Prince (Naperville, Ill.) earned All-Big Ten second-team honors and freshman AJ Cochran (St. Louis, Mo.) was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. Sophomore Blake Succa (Lewisberry, Pa.) was named a Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Zadro is the first Badger since the 2007 season to earn first-team honors. The midfielder leads Wisconsin with six goals and eight assists for a team-best 20 points. In Wednesday night's opening-round action, Zadro recorded his eighth assist of the season when he connected with sophomore Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) for the game's first goal. The assist moved Zadro into a tie for eighth on the Wisconsin single-season assist record list.
Prince, a forward, was named to the second-team for the second year. He ranks third on the team with nine points (4 goals, 3 assists). Last season, Prince was also selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and Big Ten All-Tournament team.
Cochran earned a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. The defender has started in 17 games this season and recorded his first career goal in Wisconsin's 1-1 tie with Marquette on Sept. 28. Cochran was named to the all-tournament team at the UIC Soccer Classic on Sept. 18.
Succa was selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The sophomore defender has started in 18 games for the Badgers this season and scored his first career goal in UW's, 2-0, win over Milwaukee on Oct. 26. Earlier this season, Succa was named to the all-tournament team at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational.
Wisconsin opened Big Ten tournament play with a 2-0 win over host-Michigan. The victory marked the Badgers' first tournament win since the 2003 season.
The Badgers play Penn State in the semifinal round of the tournament on Friday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m.