ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 Men’s Soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual honors Friday, with four Big Ten teams earning accolades. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson was named Midfielder of the Year, Michigan’s Francis Atuahene was a unanimous selection for Freshman of the Year and Ohio State’s Liam Doyle and Chris Froschauer earned Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Rutgers’ Jason Wright was a unanimous selection for Offensive Player of the Year and Dan Donigan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Wright currently leads the conference with 29 points, 13 goals and five game-winning goals, including 10 points and three game-winning goals in Big Ten games. The sophomore forward earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week four times this season and was a Big Ten All-Freshman honoree in 2014.
Doyle anchored an Ohio State back line that allowed just six goals in Big Ten games, the lowest mark in the conference. He also scored two goals and added six assists en route to the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Championship. Doyle earns first-team All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season.
Thompson earns a spot on the first team for the second straight year after leading the conference with nine assists during the 2015 campaign. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree also scored three goals, and leads the Hoosiers with three game-winning goals.
Froschauer currently leads the conference with a .805 save percentage and has tallied eight shutouts this season. He earned Defensive Player of the Week four times this season.
Atuahene recorded 23 points on 10 goals and three assists, in addition to taking a conference-leading 66 shots. He was named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9.
Donigan earns Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the first time since Rutgers joined the conference in 2014. The Scarlet Knights are 11-5-1 overall, and hold a 4-4-0 conference record entering the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed. Donigan has made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in his career, most recently taking Rutgers to the third round in 2011.
Doyle, Thompson and Wright were unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections. Other first-team honorees include Indiana’s Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Grant Lillard, Maryland’s Mael Corboz, Michigan’s Atuahene, Michigan State’s Zach Carroll, Ohio State’s Kyle Culbertson and Froschauer and Penn State’s Connor Maloney.
The complete All-Big Ten teams, including the All-Freshman team, can be found in the attached document.
The Big Ten also recognized nine Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found in the attached document.
The first round of the Big Ten Tournament opens Saturday with No. 8 Michigan State versus No. 9 Penn State, followed by the four quarterfinal games on Sunday hosted by Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers. Semifinals and the Championship Match will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed coming out of the quarterfinals on Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, respectively.