By: Jill Wunrow (@JillWunrow)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - With the 2012 Green Bay (2-10-3, 0-4-2 HL) men's soccer season in the books, the Horizon League office handed out postseason awards Monday, Nov. 5 with Green Bay's Sam Krenzien (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Jordan Dover (Ontario, Canada) picking up honors for the first time in their careers.
Krenzien, a midfielder for the Phoenix, earned First Team All-League honors after making the transition from playing forward throughout his career to anchoring the midfield and defensive line for the Phoenix this season.
"The transition for me was a big change but a good mix for me being able to defend and attack," Krenzien said. "It's an honor to be recognized by other coaches and the league. It would have been great to have more success as a team but the awards show we weren't as far off in the standings as the numbers may indicate."
Krenzien led his junior class with two goals and five points while starting all 16 games for the Phoenix in 2012. The defender scored both of his goals in a 10-day span during the month of September with his first coming against regular-season Horizon League champion Detroit Sept. 14. Krenzien also added a goal for the Phoenix against Gonzaga Sept. 23, earning Nike Classic All-Tournament Team honors.
The honor marks the 10th consecutive season a Green Bay men's soccer player has been named a First Team All-League selection.
For the seventh consecutive season, a Green Bay player earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team as freshman midfielder Jordan Dover picked up the honors for the Phoenix.
Dover led Green Bay's freshman class with one goal, one assist, three points and 13 shots while playing in 12 games for the Phoenix. At just 17 years of age, upperclassmen like Krenzien see the potential of the Green Bay program with Dover on the field for the Phoenix.
"He's still young and has a long way to go with growing up both mentally and physically," Krenzien said. "It took him a while to get used to the pace of the game but in the future he's going to be very good for us."
Dover's lone goal of the season came in Green Bay's 1-1 double overtime tie at Valparaiso Oct. 6 while the freshman's assist was off a corner kick against Oregon State Sept. 21.
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