Two members of the Wisconsin mens soccer team, Eric Hanson and Jed Hohlbein, were named to the 2003 NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region Third Team while College Soccer News honored freshman defender Aaron Hohlbein with a place on its 2003 All-Freshman Second Team.
Hanson, the only Big Ten goalkeeper named to any of the three Great Lakes Region teams, is also a member of the 2003 All-Big Ten Second Team and the conferences All-Academic squad.
The UW junior collected 88 saves for the Badgers this year and held opponents scoreless six times. For his efforts, the Big Ten twice recognized Hanson with Defensive Player of the Week honors. He received the award for the week of Oct. 6 and shared it with Indianas Jay Nolly for the week of Nov. 3. In the post-season, Hanson earned a spot on the 2003 All-Big Ten Tournament Team for his stellar performances against Ohio State and Indiana. The Madison, Wis., native will serve as a team tri-captain in 2004 for the second consecutive season, and was also voted the teams co-Defensive MVP.
A transfer from Southwest Missouri State, junior forward Jed Hohlbein made a big impact in his first season as a Badger leading the team in scoring with nine goals and six assists for 24 total points. Earlier this season, Hohlbein tallied three goals and two assists in the adidas/Brown Classic where the Badgers defeated Yale 2-0 and lost to Brown 4-3 (Sept. 12-14). His explosive offensive performance earned him a place on the Brown all-tournament team. The Middleton, Wis., native was also named to the All-Dayton tournament team for his three goals in two days, in which Wisconsin downed IUPUI 5-0 and fell to Dayton 3-2 (Sept. 19-21). A member of the 2003 All-Academic Big Ten Team, Hohlbein also earned a place on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V team this season.
After just one season playing collegiate soccer, Aaron Hohlbein already has a large collection of hardware. The Middleton, Wis., native earned spots on the 2003 All-Big Ten Second Team and the conferences inaugural All-Freshman Team. Playing in the backline, Hohlbein also contributed offensively, compiling an assist and two goals this season including the game-winner against NSCAA regionally-ranked Penn State. In the post-season, Hohlbein again distinguished himself with a spot on the 2003 Big Ten Conference All-Tournament Team. He was also voted the teams Outstanding Freshman.