Seven 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. Senior tri-captain Nick Van Sicklen was named to the All-Big Ten first team while fellow senior and tri-captain Noah Goerlitz and sophomore standout Aaron Hohlbein were named to the All-Big Ten second team. Tying Penn State with three freshmen selected for the Big Tens All-Freshman team, defender Nick Caronna, along with midfielders Erik Ortega and B.J. Goodman were honored in the second year of the award.
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 second straight year, Wisconsins Eric Hanson (Madison, 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. Hanson received this distinction last year as well.
It was the third consecutive All-Big Ten honor for Van Sicklen a Madison, Wis. native, who was selected to the 2003 second team and 2002 first team. Van Sicklen has led scoring for Wisconsin and the Big Ten with 12 goals and seven assist for 31 points this season.
On the second team, two more Wisconsin natives, Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) and Goerlitz (Neenah, Wis.) earned their second consecutive honors. In 2003 Hohlbein was named to the inaugural All-Freshman team while Goerlitz was selected to the 2003 All Big Ten second team. Playing nearly every minute of most games this season, both athletes have contributed to the Badgers successes. Hohlbeins single goal of the season was the game-winner vs. Drake. For his part Goerlitz recorded five assists and anchored the midfield.
The three All-Freshmen selections also proved to be an important component in the Badger line-up this season. Goodman (Lake Orion, Mich.) played in and started all 19 games this season and a goal and three assists. Defender Caronna (Brookfield, Wis.) missed just one game and started in 16 in his debut season. Rounding out the newcomers, Ortega (Western Springs, Ill.) played in 18 games and notch a goal and two assists.
The Badgers concluded the 2004 season with near miss, 1-0 loss to Michigan State in the first round of the 2004 Big Ten Championship. Five-seed Michigan State went on to defeat No. 1 seed and reigning national champion, Indiana, 2-1 Friday.
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