Dec. 4, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Four Ohio State soccer players were honored today with postseason accolades. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced it has named Justin Cook (So., Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo) and Kerry Thompson (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) to 2001 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region teams. Cook was named to the first team and Thompson to the third team. Tony Earp (Jr., Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Daryl Brazeau (Sr., Hanover Park, Ill./Schaumburg) join Cook and Thompson as 2001 All-Ohio Selections. Cook and Brazeau were named to the first team while Earp and Thompson collected second team honors.
Cook, the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is a repeat performer as he was named second team all-region last year. This season he tallied a team-high six goals and one assist for 13 points, good for second best on the team. He missed the first four games of the year with a knee injury but played in the final 13, averaging a just under a point a contest. Cook scored three of the team’s final six goals. He is a two-time All-Big Ten Second Team selection, was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 29 and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
Thompson turned in a stellar season on his way to collecting his postseason honor from NSCAA In a 1-0 win against Southwest Missouri State, he became the program’s all-time leader in shutouts. He finished the year with six and has 23.35 for his career. He also set a program record with a goals-against average of 0.92. Thompson was named MVP of the Ohio State/NIKE Classic in which OSU defeated SMS and defending national runner-up Creighton. On the year, he nabbed 56 saves and allowed only 15 goals. This season he was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten and was the conference Defensive Player of the Week twice. Earp, an integral part of the Buckeye offense, finished the year with eight points. He scored two goals and tallied four assists while controlling the midfield. He had one assist in conference play and one in the NCAA tournament. He was named Second Team All-Big Ten.
Brazeau anchored the Buckeye defense. He is a relentless one-on-one marksman and played a critical role in OSU’s defensive schemes. On the year he took eight shots while starting 11 of the 15 games he played in. He was a First Team All-Big Ten selection last year and was named Second team All-Big Ten this year.
The Buckeyes lost, 2-1, to American in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 23 to conclude their season. OSU will return the nucleus of its team next season losing only three players to graduation.
2001 ALL-GREAT LAKES SELECTION NCAA DIVISION I 1st Team POS. NAME YR. SCHOOL HOMETOWN GK ** Kyle Milligan Sr. Akron Akron, OH D Chad Dombrowski Jr. UW-Milwaukee West Allis, MI D *** Ilkka Jantti Sr. Kentucky Lahti, Findland D Josh Rife Sr. Indiana Denton, TX M Steve Arce Sr. Michigan State Windsor, ONT M Knox Cameron Fr. Michigan Bronx, NY M ** Travis Sobers Sr. Wright State Chaguenas, Trinidad F Erich Braun Fr. Notre Dame Frankfort, Germany F * Justin Cook So. Ohio State Oviedo, FL F * Pat Noonan Jr. Indiana Ballwin, MO F Ryan Seymour Sr. UW-Milwaukee Portage, MI
2nd Team POS. NAME YR. SCHOOL HOMETOWN GK Colin Rodgers Sr. Indiana Wilmette, IL D * Adrian Cann So. Louisville Thornhill, ONT D Scott Repa Sr. UW-Madison Racine, WI D Tiest Sondaal Jr. Xavier Tilburg, Netherlands M * Justin Detter So. Notre Dame White Lake, MI M * Erik Nelson Sr. Dayton Deerborn, MI M * Sean Reti Sr. Marquette Brookfield, WI F Torbjorn Birkeland Jr. Akron Bergen, Norway F * Byron Carmichael Jr. Marshall Mt. Holly, NJ F * Dominic DaPra Sr. UW-Madison Racine, WI F Nick Pantazi Jr. Butler St. Louis, MO
3rd Team POS. NAME YR. SCHOOL HOMETOWN GK Kerry Thompson Sr. Ohio State Dublin, OH B Tony Malik Sr. Bowling Green Parma, OH B Inge Peterson Sr. Oakland Klofta, Norway B Kevin Taylor So. Michigan Miami, FL M Terence Gargantini Sr. Evansville Sao Paulo, Brazil M Anders Kelto Sr. Michigan State Traverse City, MI M Mychal Turpin Fr. Michigan Pontiac, MI F Brian Giovinazzi Sr. UW-Green Bay Parma, OH F * Sunday Isename Jr. Dayton Tulsa, OK F John Monebrake Jr. Kentucky Pickerington, OH F Devon Prescod So. Notre Dame Marietta, GA
(*) Previous All-Region Selection
2001 ALL-OHIO SELECTION NCAA DIVISION I 1st Team POS. NAME YR. SCHOOL HOMETOWN GK Kyle Milligan Sr. Akron Akron, OH D Daryl Brazeau Sr. Ohio State Hanover Park, IL D Tony Malik Sr. Bowling Green Parma, OH D Tiest Sondaal Fr. Xavier Tilberg, Netherlands M Bret Jones Jr. Wright State Xenia, OH M Erik Melson Sr. Dayton Deerborn, MI M Travis Sobers Sr. Wright State Chaguenas, Trinidad F Torbjorn Birkeland Jr. Akron Bergen, Norway F Justin Cook So. Ohio State Oviedo, FL F Sunday Isename Jr. Dayton Tulsa, OK F Ricky Strong So. Wright State Rochester Hills, MI
2nd Team POS. NAME YR. SCHOOL HOMETOWN GK Kerry Thompson Sr. Ohio State Dublin, OH D Denny Clanton So. Dayton Aurura, IL D Brian James Sr. Wright State May Pen, Jamacia D Brandon Dobbs So. Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH M Orjan Bjaneso Sr. Akron Bergen, Norway M Tony Earp Jr. Ohio State Plantation, FL M Hans Jorgen Haugland Fr. Akron Bergen, Norway F Shane Curran Sr. Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH F Detrick Matthews Sr. Bowling Green Bellefontaine, OH F Chris Rolfe Fr. Dayton Dayton, OH
NOTE: A fourth forward was not selected due to the number nominated.
PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR: Travis Sobers Wright State