Cameron, Zayner, Alvarez And Yeagley Earn Individual Laurels
Nov. 14, 2003
Park Ridge, IL - The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2003 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams and individual award winners today with Michigan's Knox Cameron earning Athlete of the Year accolades. Cameron, the first Wolverine in school history to garner an individual men's soccer honor, led the Big Ten in shots (21), goals (5) and game-winning goals (3) while tying for first in points (13) in Conference action.
Northwestern's Gerardo Alvarez and Indiana's Jed Zayner shared Co-Big Ten Freshmen of the Year honors. While Zayner is the seventh Hoosier to receive the award since 1991, Alvarez is the first Wildcat to receive an individual Conference honor in the sport of men's soccer. Alvarez started all 18 games at forward, leading the team in assists (7), goals (8), and points (23). He was also named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on September 22. Zayner, a defender, started all 18 games for the Hoosiers and was part of a defense that led the Conference with three shutouts and allowed only four goals in six Big Ten matches. Both Alvarez and Zayner were also named to the first-ever All-Freshman team in League history.
With his seventh-consecutive undefeated Conference season, Indiana head coach Jerry Yeagley was selected as this year's Big Ten Coach of the Year. He is just the second Division I men's soccer coach in NCAA history to post 500 career wins and the fourth coach in all of NCAA collegiate soccer history to pass the 500-win milestone. While this is the third-consecutive season Yeagley has been honored as Coach of the Year, it is his eighth time receiving the laurel overall.
The honors were determined by a vote among League coaches. Following is a complete list of First and Second team selections and post-season honors:
2003 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten Teams
2003 Men's Soccer All-Freshman Team
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All photos courtesy of Paul Riley, Indiana University Athletics Photographer