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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s soccer team celebrated its 2008 season and handed out team awards at its annual banquet Saturday at the Huntington Club in Ohio Stadium. Senior Tim Gabel headlined the list of honorees as the team’s Most Valuable Player.

The Buckeyes finished the year with a 9-9-3 record and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the sixth appearance in the tourney in the last nine years.

Junior Doug Verhoff earned the team’s Most Inspirational Player award, as well as the Coaches’ Award, while Eric Shrigley was deemed the Most Improved Player.

For his work in the classroom, Scott Marguglio received the Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award.

Gabel also was honored with the Captains Award, along with fellow co-captains Danny Irizarry and Geoff Marsh.

Ohio State’s senior class, which includes four-year players Gabel, Irizarry, Marsh and Patrick Roan were honored for their tenure in which they won a total of 48 games with a .612 winning percentage. Since arriving in 2005, the OSU seniors have taken the Buckeyes to the NCAA Tournament three times (2005, 2007, 2008) and earned the 2007 Big Ten Championship.

Seniors Drew Czekanski and German Gomez were also honored after joining the Buckeyes for the 2008 season.

The evening began with comments from Gene Smith, Ohio State director of athletics. John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, introduced several special guests before alumnus Lyndon Johnson recognized several former Buckeye soccer players who were in attendance at the banquet.

2008 AWARD WINNERS
Most Valuable Player: Tim Gabel 
Most Inspirational Player: Doug Verhoff 
Most Improved Player: Eric Shrigley 
Coaches Award: Doug Verhoff 
Teri Casperson Academic Achievement Award: Scott Marguglio 
Captains Award: Danny Irizarry, Tim Gabel and Geoff Marsh 
Senior Award (Four Years): Danny Irizarry, Tim Gabel, Geoff Marsh and Patrick Roan 
Senior Award (One Year): Drew Czekanski and German Gomez