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MSOC: In The Polls

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Indiana earns a spot in the latest NSCAA National Rankings poll released today.  The Hoosiers (6-1-2) sit at No. 10 in the rankings.

For the complete list, click here.

MSOC: Weekend Roundup

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October 1
Northwestern def. Missouri State (2-0)
Michigan def. Penn State (2-1)

October 2
Ohio State def. Michigan State (2-1)
Wisconsin def. Indiana (2-0)


As league play hits full speed for the 2011 edition of Big Ten men's soccer, the 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) season is winding down.  In looking back at the MLS regular season, which will come to a close on October 23rd, some of the Big Ten's brightest stars from last year have been contributing on the pitch for their respective MLS clubs this year.  Here are a few examples:

        Last year's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Will Bruin (Indiana), netted a hat trick for the Houston Dynamo in a 4-1 win over D.C. United on April 29th, a feat that earned him MLS Player of the Week honors.  In filling the net three times, Bruin joined two fellow former Hoosiers, Brian Maisonneuve and Pat Noonan, on the list of only four MLS rookies to have recorded a hat trick.

·     2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Soony Saad (Michigan), scored a goal in his MLS debut--9 minutes into his MLS debut, to be exact--on August 17th to help lead Sporting K.C. to a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.  Saad was second in the NCAA in scoring a year ago with 43 points on 19 goals and five assists.

·     Incidentally, Saad was second in scoring to Corey Hertzog (Penn State), who led the NCAA in 2010 with 46 points on 20 goals and 6 assists.  Hertzog has seen action in 5 matches this season for the New York Red Bulls, playing behind world-renowned superstars Thierry Henry and Juan Agudelo.

·     One of the more exciting connections (to date) between the 2010 Big Ten season and the 2011 MLS season was a connection between All-Conference performers  Justin Meram (Michigan) and Rich Balchan (Indiana), who are now teammates on the Columbus Crew.  Down 1-0 with only 30 seconds left in the June 4th match against the New York Red Bulls, Balchan hit a one-timer on a brilliant pass from Meram to secure a tie and earn a point for the Crew.  Balchan has started each of the 18 matches in which he has played; Meram has seen action in 17 matches, starting 4.

In all, seven All-Conference performers from a year ago (the five mentioned above plus Matt Gold and Konrad Warzycha from Ohio State) are currently on MLS rosters, bringing the total number of former Big Ten student-athletes in the MLS up to 25.  The complete list is below.

 

Eric Alexander (Indiana, Portland Timbers)

Kevin Alston (Indiana, New England Revolution)

Rich Balchan (Indiana, Columbus Crew)

Will Bruin (Indiana, Houston Dynamo)

Eric Brunner (Ohio State, Portland Timbers)

Roger Espinoza (Ohio State, Sporting KC)

Matt Gold (Ohio State, Toronto FC)

Ned Grabavoy (Indiana, Real Salt Lake)

Corey Hertzog (Penn State, New York Red Bulls)

Mike Holody (Michigan, Colorado Rapids)

Alex Horwath (Wisconsin, New York Red Bulls)

Greg Janicki (Michigan State, Vancouver Whitecaps)

Peri Marosevic (Michigan, Toronto FC)

Rauwshan McKenzie (Michigan State, Real Salt Lake)

Justin Meram (Michigan, Columbus Crew)

Drew Moor (Indiana, Colorado Rapids)

Jay Nolly (Indiana, Vancouver Whitecaps)

Pat Noonan (Indiana, Seattle Sounders)

Danny O'Rourke (Indiana, Columbus Crew)

Jacob Peterson (Indiana, San Jose Earthquakes)

Brad Ring (Indiana, San Jose Earthquakes)

Soony Saad (Michigan, Sporting KC)

Ricardo Villar (Penn State, FC Dallas)

Konrad Warzycha (Ohio State, Sporting KC)

Jed Zayner (Indiana, DC United)

 

 

MSOC: In The Polls

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Indiana and Penn State represent the Big Ten in the latest NSCAA National Rankings released today.  The Hoosiers (6-0-2) move up to No. 6, while the Nittany Lions (5-2-1) sit at No. 19.

Ohio State also received votes.

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MSOC: Weekend Roundup

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September 23
# 7 Indiana def. # 16 Penn State (1-0)

September 24
Michigan State ties Northwestern (1-1, 2OT)

September 25
Wisconsin def. Loyola Marymount (2-1)
Ohio State def. Michigan (3-2, OT)

MSOC: Weekend Schedule

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September 23
# 16 Penn State at # 7 Indiana - 7:30 p.m. ET

September 24
Michigan State at Northwestern - 6 p.m. CT

September 25

Loyola Marymount at WISCONSIN - 1 p.m. CT
Michigan at Ohio State - 4 p.m. ET

MSOC: In The Polls

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Two Big Ten men's soccer teams appear in the latest NSCAA National Rankings Poll released today.  Indiana (5-0-2) moves up to No. 7, while Penn State (5-1-1) checks in at No. 16.

Ohio State also received votes.

For the complete rankings, click here.

MSOC: Players of the Week

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Indiana and Northwestern have earned Big Ten men's soccer weekly honors, the conference announced on Monday. Northwestern's Chris Ritter takes home Offensive Player of the Week accolades, while Indiana's Tommy Meyer earns recognition on the defensive end.

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MSOC: Weekend Roundup

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September 16
# 24 OHIO STATE def. Hartwick (3-0)
WISCONSIN def. Drake (3-1)
# 22 Notre Dame def. MICHIGAN - (2-1, OT)
MICHIGAN STATE ties Marquette (1-1, OT)
NORTHWESTERN def. UC Davis (1-0)
# 9 INDIANA ties # 14 St. John's (0-0, OT)

September 18
WISCONSIN ties SIU-Edwardsville (1-1, 2OT)
# 9 INDIANA def. Rutgers (2-0)
# 22 Notre Dame def. MICHIGAN STATE (1-0)
Marquette def. MICHIGAN (2-1, OT)
NORTHWESTERN def. Xavier (2-0)
# 15 PENN STATE ties Hartford (0-0)
Coastal Carolina def. # 24 Ohio State - (2-0)

MSOC: Weekend Schedule

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September 16
# 24 OHIO STATE vs. Hartwick [11] - 5 p.m. ET
WISCONSIN vs. Drake [12] - 5 p.m. CT
MICHIGAN at # 22 Notre Dame - 7 p.m. ET
MICHIGAN STATE at Marquette - 7 p.m. CT
UC Davis at NORTHWESTERN [13] - 7:30 p.m. CT
# 9 INDIANA at # 14 St. John's - 8 p.m. ET

September 18
WISCONSIN vs. SIU-Edwardsville [12] - 11 a.m. CT
# 9 INDIANA at Rutgers - 1 p.m. ET
# 22 Notre Dame at MICHIGAN STATE - 1 p.m. ET
Marquette at MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. ET
Xavier at NORTHWESTERN [13] - 2 p.m. CT
# 15 PENN STATE at Hartford - 2 p.m. ET
# 24 OHIO STATE at Coastal Carolina [11] - 2:30 p.m. ET

Legend
[11] Coastal Carolina Invitational - Conway, S.C.
[12] Chicago South Loop Hotel UIC Soccer Classic - Chicago, Ill.
[13] Lakeside Classic - Evanston, Ill.