Nov. 2, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior Brad North and junior David Roth led a list of four Wildcats honored by the Big Ten tonight at the 2006 Big Ten Men's Soccer Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Columbus, Ohio. Both North and Roth were named to the all-Big Ten first-team while Carl Pett was named to the second-team. Pett also joined Mark Blades on the all-freshman team.
North, now a two-time first-team selection, is tied with Roth for the team lead with seven goals and is second on the team with 16 points. He was twice named the Big Ten's Player of the Week and scored the game-winning goals against Michigan and in the win over No. 24 Northern Illinois in double overtime. He also was named to the National Teams of the Week by College Soccer News, SoccerAmerica.com and TopDrawerSoccer.com after scoring two goals in the win over Ohio State. North was among the leaders in the Big Ten in goals and points.
North now joins Brad Napper as the only two-time first-team honorees in Northwestern's history.
After a sub-par year in 2005, Roth rebounded in a big way this season, leading Northwestern with 18 points (7g, 4a) and was among the league leaders in goals and total points. A second-team selection last season, Roth was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 11, scoring three goals to help the Wildcats go 2-0 and clinch the championship of the Adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational. He tallied both Northwestern goals in the 2-0 win over Bradley before scoring his third goal of the weekend against Drake in the second half to tie the game. Roth also scored the game-winner in the win over Ohio State Sept. 17 -- the first win over the Buckeyes in 13 years. The Wildcats were 8-1 this season when he records at least one point in goal or assist fashion.
Red shirt freshman Pett led Northwestern and the Big Ten in assists this season with eight and ranked 15th nationally. When Pett was on his game, the Wildcats won -- NU was a perfect 6-0 when he recorded at least one assist. He assisted on the game-tying and game-winning goals in the win over Ohio State, had two assists in the win over Michigan and also assisted on the game-winning goal in the win over Loyola. He scored his lone goal in the win over Drake at the Northern Illinois Tournament. He is third on the team with 10 points.
True-freshman Blades established himself early and often in the Wildcat backline this season. In the opening weekend he picked up Lakeside Classic MVP honors as NU defeated Hofstra and Dayton. Blades' quickness, speed and athleticism in the back smothered the opposition's attack throughout both games and continued that trend throughout the season. Blades recorded his first point as a Wildcat Sept. 24 against Penn State when he assisted on North's goal late in the second half. He then tallied his first career goal in the win over Valparaiso. He tallied another assist in the Big Ten opening round match with Penn State on Thursday.
Will Nicholas was Northwestern's representative of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.