With the regular season wrapped up, the Big East announced the postseason awards for men’s soccer on November 9th. Marquette went 5-9-4 overall and 1-5-4 in Big East play in 2022, so I wasn’t expecting to see the Golden Eagles end up as a notable participant in the awards, but I was wrong. Sophomore midfielder Edrey Caceres was voted by the Big East coaches to the all-Big East Second Team, while super senior forward Lukas Sunesson made his way onto the Third Team.
I’ll just turn it straight over to the Marquette press release on the awards for the details, first on Caceres:
For the second-consecutive year, sophomore midfielder Edrey Caceres was named to the all-BIG EAST Second Team after playing a critical part with this year’s squad. The Houston, Texas, native led the team and ranked tied for third in the league with seven assists, while also tallying four goals to rank second on the squad with 15 total points. He started all 18 matches for the Golden Eagles and recorded 36 shots, 21 of which were on goal.
And then on Sunesson, who finished his Marquette career tied for the 10th most goals in program history:
Senior striker Lukas Sunesson adds to a long list of personal recognitions as he was named to the all-BIG EAST third team. The team captain from Sweden makes his third-consecutive all-league team after being named to the first team in Spring 2021 and the second team in Fall 2021. He was responsible for team-best marks of seven goals and 17 points this year, ranking tied for fourth and sixth in the conference in those categories, respectively. While starting in 17 matches, he recorded 36 shots including 21 on frame.
In the individual awards department, Creighton’s Duncan McGuire was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year for leading the conference in goals and points, both overall and in league play. Georgetown senior Aidan Rocha was named Midfielder of the Year, keeping that award in D.C. for a fourth consecutive season. Fellow Hoya Daniel Wu was named Defensive Player of the Year, and you knew it was going to a Georgetown player when they allowed just nine goals in 10 league matches.
Cole Jensen from Xavier went home with the Goalkeeper of the Year award, ranking sixth in the country in shutouts this season and allowing a Big East low 14 goals. Butler’s Palmer Ault was named Freshman of the Year as a unanimous selection from the Big East coaches because that’s what happens when you’re a freshman who finishes second in the conference in goals and points. Finally, Brian Wiese and the Georgetown staff was named Coaching Staff of the Year, their second straight honor to go along with their fourth straight regular season championship.