The Wisconsin mens soccer team handed out its team awards earlier this week at its annual end-of-season banquet held at the Kohl Center. The Badgers finished their season with a 9-10-0 and 2-4-0 Big Ten record.
Offensive Most Valuable Player: Nick Van Sicklen
Senior tri-captain Nick Van Sicklen made it three in a row as he earned his third offensive MVP honor. Van Sicklen led the Big Ten with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points in the regular season. He is a three-time All-Big Ten player, and named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region second team in 2004 and 2002. This season he was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week after his hat-trick performance against No. 9 Penn State. He currently ranks fourth in Wisconsins all time record book with 76 career points.
Van Sicklen was also recently selected to participate in the 2005 Adidas MLS Player Combine, Jan. 8-11 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The players will be competing for the opportunity to be selected for the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, taking place in Baltimore, Md., On Jan. 14th.
Defensive Most Valuable Player: Aaron Hohlbein
Sophomore defender Aaron Hohlbein played in nearly ever minute of most games this season. A Middleton Wis. native, Hohlbein earned second team All-Big Ten for his defensive efforts. He notched one goal this season, a game-winner against Drake in September. Last season Hohlbein was named to the inaugural All-Freshman Big Ten team as well as the second team All-Big Ten. He was also last seasons team Freshman of the Year.
Most Improved Player: William Bagayoko
Sophomore William Bagayoko was the recipient of the teams Most Improved Player award for the second-consecutive year. His performance in the first seven games of the season earned him a start in the remaining 11 games on the schedule. His efforts also garnered him an assist against Marquette.
Freshman of the Year: B.J. Goodman
B.J. Goodman started in all 19 games for the Badgers this season at midfield. He recorded one goal and three assists for a total of five points. The freshman was a four-year all-area, all-district, all-region and all-state honoree from Lake Orion, Mich. Goodman has competed internationally in London (2000) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (2003) and participated in the Michigan State Olympic Development Program for seven years and the Regional Olympic Development Program for three years.
William G. Reddan Spirit of Soccer Award: Noah Goerlitz
For his leadership on and off the field, Noah Goerlitz was honored with the 26th-annual William G. Reddan Spirit of Soccer Award.
Noah Goerlitz was named All-Big Ten second team for the second consecutive season this year. The senior led the Badgers as a tri-captain and earned a spot on the 2004 All Big Ten Championship team. Majoring in psychology, he also earned Academic All-Big Ten in 2002, 03, 04. Last season he was honored as the most valuable defensive player, and in 2001 was named most improved player. Playing in all but one game this year, Goerlitz racked up five assists from the midfield, bring his career total to nine.
Badgers Announce 2005-06 Team Captain
After two seasons as a major force in the backfield for the Badgers as well as a leader off the field, sophomore Aaron Hohlbein will take the role of captain. The 2005 season will mark the first time Wisconsin has been under the helm of just one player since Brian Doherty captained the 1997 and 1998 teams, single-handedly.