The Wisconsin mens soccer team said goodbye to a group of nine seniors and recognized several individuals for their accomplishments at the 24th annual banquet, held at the Maple Bluff Country Club on Wednesday.
Seniors Dominic DaPra and Scott Repa, both of Racine, Wis., were named the 2001 Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players, respectively, while fellow senior Aaron Lauber (Franklin, Wis.) garnered the William Redden Spirit of Soccer Award.
DaPra and Repa were both named first-team all-Big Ten and second-team all-Great Lakes Region this season. DaPra led the Big Ten in scoring with 15 goals and is ranked 16th nationally with a 0.79 goals per game average. His 34 points in 2001 are tied for the fifth-best mark in UW history. Repa, the Badgers sweeper, led the team in assists with five and ranked fifth on the team in scoring with seven points. He also had a major impact in the backfield, helping the UW record three shutouts and making several tough defensive stops throughout the season.
The Spirit of Soccer award, named after the UWs first coach and given annually to the athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and dedication to the game, was presented to Lauber by John Reddan, son of William and 1988 recipient of the award.
Freshman Noah Goerlitz (Neenah, Wis.) was recognized with the Most Improved Player award while Joe Anderson (Racine, Wis.) was named Most Outstanding Freshman. All awards are decided upon by a vote of the teammates, with the exception of the Coaches Team Service Award, which went to freshman goalkeeper Eric Hanson (Madison, Wis.).