Hoosiers Earn B1G Honors
Nov. 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana University men's soccer forward Tommy Thompson was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and four Hoosiers were named to the All-Big Ten second team, the conference office announced Thursday night at the annual Big Ten Tournament banquet.
Despite missing the last six matches of the regular season due to injury, Thompson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous pick for the Big Ten All-Freshman team. In addition, he was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree. In 13 matches this season, Thompson is tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the Big Ten in goals scored with five. He has also tallied two assists on the season, the most recent coming on the game-winning goal in Indiana's 2-1 overtime win over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
Thompson is the 12th Hoosier to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, with the last coming in 2011 (Eriq Zavaleta). Current IU head coach Todd Yeagley was the first-ever Big Ten Freshman of the Year honoree, earning the award in 1991.
Joining Thompson on the second team is senior midfielder A.J. Corrado. Corrado leads the Hoosiers and is tied for second in the Big Ten in assists with seven. He added his third goal of the year in Indiana's 2-1 OT win over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, giving him 13 points on the season which is tied for the team lead. Corrado was a first-team selection in 2012 and is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District selection. He is also a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
Senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov was also named to the All-Big Ten second team. Kotlov was a first-team honoree in 2011 and a second-team pick in 2012. Kotlov is tied for the team lead and tied for fifth in the Big Ten in goals scored with five, with one game-winning goal on his resume this season. Two of Kotlov's goals this year have come in the last three matches, scoring in a 2-1 2OT loss to Michigan State on Nov. 1 and a 3-0 win at Northwestern on Nov. 8.
For the second year in a row, senior Jacob Bushue earns a spot on the All-Big Ten second team, this year for his defensive role. Bushue has started all 19 matches this season for the Hoosiers, moving to central defense for IU on a full-time basis in the match vs. Louisville on Oct. 15. Bushue has been a steady presence in the back all four years of his Indiana career and has been instrumental in the Hoosiers' recent turnaround, building on a two-match win streak. Bushue has also gotten into the act offensively with two goals and three assists this season.
In addition to the All-Big Ten awards, senior defender Matt McKain was named the Hoosiers' Sportsmanship Honoree.
2013 MEN'S SOCCER ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS Coach of the Year: Bob Warming, Penn State Offensive Player of the Year: Tomislav Zadro, Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year: AJ Cochran, Wisconsin Midfielder of the Year: Tyler Arnone, Michigan Goalkeeper of the Year: Andrew Wolverton, Penn State Freshman of the Year: Tommy Thompson, Indiana
All-Big Ten Teams FIRST TEAM* Forward Tim Kreutz, Michigan State Joey Calistri, Northwestern Jordan Tyler, Penn State Nick Janus, Wisconsin Midfield TYLER ARNONE, Michigan Jay Chapman, Michigan State Chris Ritter, Northwestern Tomislav Zadro, Wisconsin Defense KEVIN COPE, Michigan State Martin Seiler, Penn State AJ COCHRAN, Wisconsin Goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton, Penn State
SECOND TEAM Forward Tommy Thompson, Indiana Adam Montague, Michigan State Owen Griffith, Penn State Midfield A.J. Corrado, Indiana Nikita Kotlov, Indiana Drew Conner, Wisconsin Defense Jacob Bushue, Indiana Nikko Boxall, Northwestern Sage Gardner, Ohio State Goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, Ohio State
All-Freshman Team* LARS ECKENRODE, D/M, Michigan Brian Hail, MF/F, Wisconsin ANDREW HERR, M, Michigan State DANNY JENSEN, F, Ohio State Nick Jones, F, Wisconsin Tyler Kidwell, D, Ohio State MASON KLERKS, M, Penn State DEWEY LEWIS, F, Michigan State CONNOR MALONEY, F, Penn State BRANDON MEDINA, M, Northwestern Tommy Thompson, F, Indiana RYLEE WOODS, D, Michigan
Sportsmanship Award Honorees Matt McKain, Indiana Malcolm Miller, Michigan Wesley Curtis, Michigan State Lepe Seetane, Northwestern Sage Gardner, Ohio State Grant Warming, Penn State Max Jentsch, Wisconsin
*Additional honoree due to tie
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
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