Dec. 7, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s soccer players Justin Cook and Kyle Veris have earned All-Great Lakes Region honors, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Monday. Cook, a senior forward from Winter Springs, Fla. (Oviedo H.S.) was named first-team, while Veris, a junior defender from Strongsville, Ohio (Strongsville H.S.), was named second-team.

Cook and Veris helped lead Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten regular season championship and to the program’s first two wins in the NCAA tournament. With a 12-7-2 record this season, the Buckeyes tied the school record for wins. In the NCAA tournament, Ohio State knocked off 11th-ranked Memphis and ninth-ranked Notre Dame before falling to Duke, which has advanced to the College Cup this weekend.

Cook, Ohio State’s 2004 captain, was named the Big Ten player of the year and led the conference in scoring in league games. In all games, he ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring and finished the season with a team-high 30 points from 12 goals and six assists. He ended his career as Ohio State’s all-time leader in shots (191) and tied for the all-time lead in assists (17). Cook’s 33 career goals rank second all-time and his 71 shots this season set the single-season record.

Veris, a first-team All-Big Ten selection along with Cook, began the season at a forward position but moved to the back line in the fifth week and transformed the Buckeyes into the best defensive team in the Big Ten with a league-best 0.33 goals-allowed average in conference games. With Veris in the back line, Ohio State allowed just five goals over its next 12 games before the season-ending loss at Duke. A transfer from Akron, he ended the season with three goals and three assists for nine points, which ranked sixth on the squad.

All-America honors and a separate All-Ohio team will be announced at a later date.

### GO BUCKS! ###