Marquette Student-Athletes Collect BIG EAST Men's Soccer Awards
Nov. 8, 2012
MILWAUKEE – Four members of the Marquette University men’s soccer team received recognition from the BIG EAST Conference, the league announced Thursday. Bryan Ciesiulka, Andy Huftalin and Axel Sjoberg were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, while Sjoberg and John Pothast garnered all-rookie team honors.
Huftalin currently leads the team in points (24) and goals (10) as a senior striker. He has scored a team-best four game-winning goals, including the decisive tallies in a 3-2 win over then second-ranked Connecticut, a 2-1 double-overtime win versus Wisconsin and a 1-0 victory against Northern Illinois to help the Golden Eagles improve to 12-0-0 on the season.
Ciesiulka has registered 18 points on eight assists and five goals. As the central attacking midfielder, he has been instrumental in the team’s offensive success in 2012. MU, which has already matched a single-season program record with 16 wins, enters this weekend ranked fifth in NCAA Division I in points (124), sixth in goals (41) and third in assists (42).
A 6-foot-7 central defender, Sjoberg has contributed on both sides of the pitch in his redshirt freshman season. He, along with Pothast, have helped anchor a backline that has tied a single-season team record with 10 shutouts. Sjoberg has also added 19 points on eight goals and three assists. He is second among all defenders in NCAA Division In goals scored.
Pothast is one of three freshman defenders in the starting lineup under seventh-year head coach Louis Bennett. In addition to his ability to defend one-on-one, Pothast found the back of the net in each of Marquette’s first two BIG EAST Conference matches and has five points on the season.
Marquette is the fourth seed in the Blue Division and will play Georgetown (No. 2 Blue) in a BIG EAST semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 9, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Both teams are 16-2-1 overall.
2012 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Awards
Goalkeeper of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Midfielder of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Coaching Staff of the Year
Team Fair Play Award
All-BIG EAST First Team^
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
All-BIG EAST Third Team
All-BIG EAST Rookie Team^
^Extra members due to ties in voting