Men's Soccer

Chris Hegngi, David Tiemstra Headline Big Ten Award Winners

David Tiemstra, two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
David Tiemstra, two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

Nov. 10, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Chris Hegngi and David Tiemstra led the list of eight Ohio State men's soccer award winners at the Big Ten Tournament banquet Thursday evening, earning the conference's offensive and defensive, respectively, player of the year awards.

Hegngi earns recognition as the conference's top offensive player after racking up 18 points on nine goals in 18 matches this season. The Buckeye forward finished the regular season atop the conference in points (10) and goals (five), helping Ohio State to a second-place conference finish. He becomes the first Ohio State player to earn the award since it was established in 2009.

Tiemstra led an Ohio State defensive crew that allowed 20 goals in 18 regular-season matches this season, including just seven in the team's six Big Ten contests, en route to his second-consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award. His win marks the third year in a row Ohio State has won the award.

Both Hegngi and Tiemstra also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team, while Parnell Hegngi, Austin McAnena and Matt Lampson each garnered second-team accolades. Lampson now has been an All-Big Ten selection all three seasons, while McAnena, an all-freshman team pick in 2009, and Parnell Hegngi each earn their first.

A pair of rookies - Kenny Cunningham and Brady Wahl - was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team after successful first seasons. Cunningham had six points off two goals and two assists in 15 games of action, while Wahl started 18 of 19 games with one goal and one assist and took 43 percent of the team's corner kicks.



Finally, Sage Gardner was awarded the Buckeye recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, given to a student-athlete from each team who has distinguished himself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The Buckeyes closed out the regular season 10-6-2 overall and 4-2-0 in the Big Ten, finishing No. 2 in the Big Ten before being ousted in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Penn State, 2-0, Wednesday. They now await the 48-team NCAA Tournament field to be announced at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 on

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Hegngi, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Year: David Tiemstra, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: ERIQ ZAVALETA, Indiana
Coach of the Year: TIM LENAHAN, Northwestern

First Team
Alec Purdie, Indiana
OLIVER KUPE, Northwestern
Chris Hegngi, Ohio State

Second Team
Adam Montague, Michigan State
Parnell Hegngi, Ohio State
Chris Prince, Wisconsin

First Team
Nikita Kotlov, Indiana
Cyrus Sadee, Michigan State
Tomislav Zadro, Wisconsin

Second Team
Latif Alashe, Michigan
Chris Ritter, Northwestern
Lepe Seetane, Northwestern
Austin McAnena, Ohio State

First Team
Tommy Meyer, Indiana
David Tiemstra, Ohio State

Second Team
Kofi Opare, Michigan
Mark Barone, Michigan State
Nikko Boxall, Northwestern

First Team
Tyler Miller, Northwestern

Second Team
Matt Lampson, Ohio State

ADAM MONTAGUE, Michigan State
Kenny Cunningham, Ohio State

Kerel Bradford, Indiana
Fatai Alashe, Michigan State
Brady Wahl, Ohio State

RYAN KEENER, Michigan State
NIKKO BOXALL, Northwestern
AJ COCHRAN, Wisconsin

TYLER MILLER, Northwestern

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Sportsmanship Award Honorees:
Kerel Bradford, Fr., Indiana
Tim Bergsma, Jr., Michigan
Garret Back, Sr., Michigan State
Peter O'Neill, Sr., Northwestern
Sage Gardner, So., Ohio State
Jacob Barron, Jr., Penn State
Blake Succa, So., Wisconsin

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