2007-08 Development Academy U-15/16 Player of the Year Soony Saad has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors for his stand-out season with Michigan. Yesterday, the former Derby County Wolves forward put a stamp on his season with a late goal that lifted the No. 3 seed Wolverines past No. 7 seed Wisconsin in a 1-0 win. Michigan will advance to the Big Ten Tournament Championship on Sunday.
Additionally, Will Bruin has earned the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award for his 15 regular season goals. The St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri alum is now a junior at Indiana.
Soony Saad (Michigan) – Derby County Wolves / Vardar
Will Bruin (Indiana) – St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri
Eight of the 13 (due to a tie in the voting process) honorees for the All-Freshman Team were part of the Academy before college, including a pair of Indiana United Academy players who won two consecutive Finals Week championships in Nikita Kotlov and Harrison Petts. Petts and Saad were unanimous selections to the rookie team. Unanimous selections are in all caps:
Jacob Bushue (Indiana) – Chicago Fire
Nikita Kotlov (Indiana) – Indiana United Academy
HARRISON PETTS (Indiana) – Indiana United Academy
SOONY SAAD (Michigan) – Derby County Wolves / Vardar
Josh Barens (Michigan State) – Derby County Wolves
Sage Gardner (Ohio State) – Crew Soccer Academy
Nick Janus (Wisconsin) – Sockers FC
Chris Prince (Wisconsin) – Chicago Fire