Four members of the Wisconsin mens soccer team received All-Big Ten awards at the 2003 Big Ten Mens Soccer Championship banquet Thursday night. Freshman defender Aaron Hohlbein was named to the first-ever All-Freshman team and was also named to the All-Big Ten Second team with juniors Noah Goerlitz, Eric Hanson and Nick Van Sicklen.
Hohlbein earned a regular starting role in Wisconsins backline, having played and started 20 of the Badgers 21 games. He helped the Badgers to eight team shutouts and contributed offensively by tallying two goals and one assist. Earlier this season, Hohlbein (Middleton, Wis.) was named to the 2003 Rocky Rococo-Wisconsin Soccer Classic all-tournament team as a defender.
Getting honored like this is a really good feeling for me, Hohlbein said. It goes with all the hard work I put in. Theyre both tremendous honors.
Goerlitz ranks in the top three in minutes played for Wisconsin, having started and played 20 of Wisconsins 21 games. This year, the midfielder from Neenah, Wis., gathered two assists, was named to the Rocky Rococo-Wisconsin Soccer Classic, and was recognized as the defensive MVP of the adidas Brown Classic (Sept. 12-14).
Hanson, a team tri-captain, led the Badgers to six shutout victories this season and combined with teammate Jake Settle in a shutout over IUPUI (Sept. 19). The Madison, Wis. native has collected 81 saves this year and has 158 saves in his two-year career as Wisconsins goalkeeper. Hanson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice this year once for the week of Oct. 6, and shared the honor with Indianas Jay Nolly for the week of Nov. 3.
This is Van Sicklens second consecutive conference honor, having been named to the 2002 All-Big Ten First team last season. This year the forward is second on the team with six goals and three assists for 15 points, including one goal and an assist in Thursdays Big Ten Championship quarterfinal victory over Ohio State. Earlier this year Van Sicklen (Madison, Wis.) was named to the All-Dayton tournament team (Sept. 19-21).
The Badgers are next in action Friday at 4:00 p.m. in the 2003 Big Ten Mens Soccer Championship semifinal game against the top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.