Five Hoosiers earn All-Big Ten soccer honors

Indiana junior midfielder Tanner Thompson was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year on Friday, one of five Hoosiers to earn all-conference honors. Here’s the full IU release:

The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 men’s soccer All-Big Ten teams on Friday, with Tanner Thompson, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Grant Lillard, Andrew Gutman and Francesco Moore all earning all-conference accolades.

Thompson was named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, as well as First-Team All-Big Ten. Joining Thompson on the first-team all-conference squad were both Hollinger-Janzen and Lillard. Andrew Gutman was named Second-Team All-Big Ten, as well as to the All-Freshman Team, where he was joined by Francesco Moore. Hollinger-Janzen was Indiana’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.

“We are proud to have Tanner, Femi, Grant, Andrew and Francesco all honored by the conference,” Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley remarked. This is a strong reflection not only for the excellent individual performances, but also the strength and quality of our entire team. It’s great to see Tanner honored as the Big Ten Conference Midfielder of Year. We have such quality teams and players in the Big Ten. All of our honored players have been outstanding on the field and in the classroom. They represent IU with distinction.”

An attacking midfielder, Thompson was named First-Team All-Big Ten for the second-straight season. The Loomis, Calif. native was also named the league’s Midfielder of the Year after leading the conference in assists with nine, while scoring three goals – all game winners. Thompson was one of just three unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten First Team.

Joining Thompson on the All-Big Ten First-Team for the second-straight year was Hollinger-Janzen, who led the Hoosiers and tied for third in the league with seven goals on the season. The Goshen, Ind. product also had five assists on the year and ranked third in the Big Ten with 19 points. Hollinger-Janzen was also the team’s honoree with the Sportsmanship Award.

A defender, Lillard continues to rack up the all-conference honors. After being named Freshman of the Year, second-team all-conference and all-rookie last season, the sophomore was named First-Team All-Big Ten this year. Lillard has started all 17 matches this season at center back, helping lead a defense that has posted eight shutouts this year. Lillard has also been a force on the offensive end, scoring four goals and tallying five assists.

Gutman has made an immediate impact since stepping foot on the pitch for the Hoosiers this season, earning Second-Team All-Big Ten honors as well as being a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team. Gutman has started all 17 matches at left back for the Hoosiers, but has also been impactful on the offensive side, scoring the game-winner at Northwestern.

Joining Gutman on the All-Freshman Team is Moore, who has been a constant for Indiana at defensive midfield. The rookie has started all 17 games for the Hoosiers, helping the defense post a Big Ten-leading eight shutouts and post a goals-against average of 0.78.

The Indiana University men’s soccer team earned the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will host the No. 7-seeded Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium at 1 p.m.