AJ Cochran Named Big 10 Defensive Player, Opens 1st Round NCAA Play

The No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers will have another opportunity to extend the nation’s longest home unbeaten streak on Thursday when they host Milwaukee in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT on CBSSports.com.

UW and Milwaukee will meet for the 36th time in series history on Thursday. The teams will meet for their first postseason battle, which will mark their second meeting this season. The Badgers and Panthers played to a 1-1 draw during their Oct. 23 meeting in Milwaukee at Engelmann Field.

This game and many more are available via live stream’s. I’ve highlighted several, click on the links to go to the live stream. For other games around the country, check out the bracket.

NCAA 1st Round Matches
18:00 – Indiana at Akron
18:00 – Denver at Louisville incl Louie Berra for the Cardinals
19:00 – Milwaukee at Wisconsin the STL trio for the Badgers
19:00 – Bradley at Northwestern Jeffery Hopson for the Wildcats
19:00 – Seattle at Creighton Connor Sparrow for the Blue Jays

Second round play is Sunday November 24th. I’ll have a follow up article once we know who’s playing in those games.

Junior AJ Cochran (CBC) was chosen as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and accompanied by Zadro as a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Wisconsin joins Ohio State as the only two teams in conference history to have two players earn Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.

Zadro and Cochran are also the first players in UW history to win the prestigious conference awards, with both earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades for the second time in their careers.

Cochran began the season as a preseason All-American and lived up to the billing, anchoring a backline that tallied six shutouts and helping UW remain perfect at home. Cochran flashed his offensive brilliance in UW’s memorable homecoming win over defending national champion Indiana on Oct. 11, earning a pair of goals, including the game winner to cap off an amazing comeback.

Fellow freshman Brian Hail and Nick Jones were named to Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team. Despite their youth, both players were contributors to the Badgers’ success this season. Hail appeared in 18 games, netting one goal, while Jones participated in 14 games, recording seven points on two goals and three assists.

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