Chris Hegngi, David Tiemstra Headline Big Ten Award Winners
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 NCAA.com.
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