Men's Soccer Adds to Postseason Accolades

Senior Brandon Chmiel was named All-Wisconsin State Player of the Year
Senior Brandon Chmiel was named All-Wisconsin State Player of the Year

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville men's soccer team garnered five 2012 All-Wisconsin State Team honors, and were highlighted by Brandon Chmiel being named Player of the Year and head coach Enzo Fuschino receiving the Coach of the Year honor on Wednesday.

Chmiel was also named Co-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year to go with his first-team all-WIAC and second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-North Region honors. The senior from Jackson, Wis. led the WIAC in goals (14), assists (8), points (36) and game winning goals (6). He scored a pair of goals on four different occasions and recorded a season-best six points against Finlandia (Oct. 27).

Fuschino adds to his all-state Coach of the Year award to his NSCAA North Region Coach of the Year honor that he received earlier this month. He directed the Pioneers to a program-best 15 victories (15-4-2 record) and a spot in the sectional semifinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Chmiel was joined by goalkeeper Ian Christensen, defender Michael Prudisch, and midfielder Chris Brown to first-team all-state.

Christensen posted the second best goals against average (0.70) in school history and tied for seventh with six shutouts. The junior from Oregon, Wis., helped the Pioneers tie a program record 11 shutouts and a program-best 15 wins.

Prudisch was named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Defensive Player of the Year last month. He anchored the Pioneer defense that only allowed just 15 goals and a WIAC-best 11 shutouts. The Verona, Wis. native, also contributed a goal and an assist.

Brown earned his second first-team all-WIAC for leading the Pioneer mid-field with seven goals and six assists. The senior from McFarland, Wis. recorded a season-best three points against Lakeland (Sept. 11) and scored two of the Pioneer's goals in their NCAA tournament run.

Mark Ciszewski rounded out the Pioneer all-state award winners with being named to the honorable mention team. The senior forward was also named second-team all-WIAC last month.