The latest NSCAA/NCAA Coaches, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer top 25 men's soccer polls were released. Earning recognition from the Big Ten in the respective polls were Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Northwestern received a season-best No. 6 ranking in Soccer America's poll. In the coaches poll, the Wildcats were ranked No. 7, while Wisconsin and Michigan State earned votes. In Top Drawer's weekly poll, Northwestern led the way at No. 15, followed by No. 25 Wisconsin. Michigan State also received votes in the poll.
Northwestern, which improved from No. 16 to No. 6 in the Soccer America poll, won the Northwestern Lakeside Classic in Evanston, Ill., from Sept. 20-22. For three consecutive weeks, Northwestern has collected Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Wisconsin earned its No. 25 ranking in Top Drawer's poll after a weekend split at the UIC Soccer Classic in Chicago. Michigan State received votes for its two shutouts against Marquette and Bowling Green.
Big Ten play is set to begin this week. The Wildcats, who have won six consecutive games, will take on Michigan on Saturday. Wisconsin will open its conference slate at Penn State on Sunday.