Badgers wrap season with banquet, awards


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The Wisconsin mens soccer team officially put the wraps on the 2008 season Thursday with its annual banquet and awards ceremony at Heritage Hall.

The Badgers looked back on a campaign that saw them finish 9-7-3 overall and recognized the contributions of their teammates over the course of the season.

Senior Andy Miller and junior Eric Conklin shared Defensive Most Valuable Player honors for their work as part of a defense that allowed just 1.01 goals per game over the course of a 19-game season. Miller earned MVP distinction for the second-consecutive season after also receiving the award in 2007.

Offensive MVP honors went to junior Scott Lorenz, who led the Badgers with in goals (10), points (23), game-winning goals (3), shots (60) and shots on goal (34). During the regular season, Lorenz ranked third among Big Ten Conference players in terms of points and was the leagues No. 4 goal-scorer.

Senior Kenny Dix earned the William Reddan Spirit of Soccer Award, which is presented annually to the University of Wisconsin soccer player who best exemplifies Coach Bill Reddans positive spirit of the game of soccer. Reddan was the Badgers first varsity coach and led the program to the NCAA tournament in 1981.

Colin Monasterio was named the teams Most Outstanding Freshman following a season in which he played in 16 games, scored a goal and recorded two assists.

Most Improved Player honors went to redshirt freshman Austin Spohn, who had a goal and two assists in 15 games in his first season on the field.

Winners of each team award were determined by a vote of the players and presented by assistant coaches Nick Pasquarello and Jon Szczepanski.

The Badgers also recognized their letterwinners from the 2008 season, with Monasterio, Spohn and fellow freshman Mark Roos each receiving their first letter.

Second-year letterwinners were sophomore Aaron Nichols, junior Alex Horwath, sophomore Bryan Gerster and sophomore Cale Cooper.

Six juniors became three-time letterwinners: Brandon Miller, Pablo Delgado, Eric Conklin, Brian Bultman, Lorenz and Taylor Waspi.

Seniors Victor Diaz, Dix, Zack Lambo and Andy Miller, who each remarked upon their careers at the UW before the awards ceremony, all became four-time letterwinners.

Dix also was presented with his award for being named to the Big Ten Championship All-Tournament team, while Diaz and Delgado also received certificates for the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors each received this season.

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