Two Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams, it was announced Friday. Wisconsin's AJ Cochran earned a first-team nod, while Michigan State's Kevin Cope was named to the second team.
Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, led a backline that held opposing offenses to 1.29 goals per game. Starting all 21 matches, he scored three goals and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Cochran helped the Badgers extend the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to 14 straight contests.
Cope, who was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten defender, contributed to a backline that allowed the fewest goals (17) in the Big Ten. He scored two goals and collected two assists during the season, helping the Spartans advance to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament.