MU captain awarded for his accomplishments on the field and in the classroom
Axel Sjoberg and Louis Bennett II receive second team nod, C. Nortey third
Two rookies take home team honors
Bennett II, Nortey and Sjoberg earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors
Louis Bennett II named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
2014: Last name pronounced "WHO-berg" ... Played every minute of every match since a 2012 postseason win over Cincinnati ... Recipient of the team's Most Valuable Player Award ... Named to the All-BIG EAST First Team (Nov. 11) ... Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in 2014 (Nov. 10) ... Recorded an assist on MU's first two goals in a 4-0 win over DePaul (Nov. 7) ... Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 13) ... Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks (Sept. 15 and Sept. 22) ... Selected to the Milwaukee Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team ... BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year ... BIG EAST Conference Preseason All-BIG EAST ... Soccer America Preseason All-American ... TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI Second Team ... College Soccer News Preseason All-America Second Team ... College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year ... College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference First Team ... Ranked as high as No. 22 on the TopDrawerSoccer.com "Men's National Top 100" list ... Recognized as one of the "10 best defenders in college" soccer by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
2013: Earned the team's 2013 Season MVP Award ... Named to All-BIG EAST First Team, College Sports Madness All-America Second Team and the College Sports Madness All-BIG EAST First Team ... Won the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player award and a spot on the All-Tournament Team ... Ranked No. 43 on the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's National Top 100 list and No. 5 on the website's BIG EAST Conference Top 20 list ... Earned Capital One Academic All-District 6 honors and placed on the Academic All-America ballot ... Assisted C. Nortey on his game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Seton Hall (Oct. 2) ... Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week following a 1-0 shutout at Providence (Oct. 19) ... Scored his second goal of the season in win over nationally ranked Butler (Oct. 9) ... Assisted Eric Pothast on the game-winning goal in 1-0 shutout at Michigan (Sept. 13) ... Named MVP of the Panther Invitational (Sept. 8) ... Scored his first goal of the season in 4-1 win over Drake (Sept. 8) ... Named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week, TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's Team of the Week and BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after helping MU post victories over Bowling Green (Sept. 6) and Drake (Sept. 8) ... 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... 2013 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection ... Ranked No. 25 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Men's National Top 100 ... TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2013 "Preseason Best XI" Third Team, College Soccer News Preseason All-America Second team and 2013 College Sports Madness Preseason All-America Second Team selection ... Earned the Thunder Bay Chill's "Best Defender" award for the second straight season en route to helping the Chill win the PDL regular season title and advance to the league's Championship final.
2012: Member of Chi Alpha Sigma (National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society) ... BIG EAST All-Academic Team ...Has started every match this season at central defender ... Put the game away with MU's second goal of the second half in a 2-0 win at Providence, while assisting fellow center back John Pothast on the game-winner (Sept. 29) ... Scored the golden goal off a header in the 108th minute at Michigan State (Sept. 16) as MU defeated the Spartans 2-1 in double-overtime ... Tallied both of MU's goals in the second half of a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Michigan (Sept. 14) ... Garnered Men's Player of the Week honors by Soccer America and named to the National Player of the Week by both TopDrawerSoccer.com and College Soccer News (Sept. 17) ... Also picked up BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors and was named to the College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week for his three-goal weekend ... Was credited with an assist on Eric Pothast's game-winning goal in MU's 1-0 shutout at Green Bay (Sept. 26) ... Helped the Thunder Bay Chill (USL Premier Development League) win the Heartland Division championship over the summer and was named the team's "Best Defender" following the season.
2011:BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... Saw action in three matches at central defender in his first season at Marquette, but he suffered a broken foot vs. Western Illinois that kept him sidelined for the remainder of the reason and was given redshirt status ... Scored the lone goal in his MU debut, a 2-1 loss at UIC (Aug. 27).
Prior to Marquette: Sjӧberg, listed at 6-foot-7, brings considerable size and strength to MU's formidable backline ... Captured Player of the Year honors in 2010 with Sollentuna United FF (a member of the Swedish second division) after helping the team finish second in the Norra Svealeand section and advance to the Swedish Cup ... Served as the club's captain seven times since 2002 and was a four-time Player of the Year recipient ... Played at Everton's home stadium, Goodison Park, leading Sollentuna to a 2-1 victory over the Toffees' reserves in 2010 ... Trained under Paul Lindholm and assistant coach Anders Limpar, a former winger who played in over 160 matches with Premier League clubs Arsenal and Everton ... Also played soccer with highly regarded Djurgårdens IF between 1997-2009, and played center in ice hockey while growing up. Attended secondary school at Sigrid Rudebecks Gymnasium.
Personal:> Born March 8, 1991 in Stockholm ... Son of Lars-Erik Sjӧberg and Anna Kullander Sjӧberg ... Majoring in Finance and selected to be a part of Marquette's highly regarded Applied Investment Management (AIM) Program ... Received the Finance department's Outstanding Senior Award from the College of Business Administration ... Named to the Dean's List each semester at MU ... Member of Chi Alpha Sigma (National College Athlete Honor Society) and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (College of Business) ... Founder of a clothing drive initiative called Student Athletes Give ... Participated in the NCAA's Leadership Development Workshop in 2011 and 2012 ... Also participated in Marquette's annual Hunger Clean Up and the Feed My Starving Children event organized by MU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... Fluent in English and Swedish, also speaks German.