Aug. 17, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - For the fifth-straight season, Indiana was selected as the favorite to win the Big Ten men's soccer title, the conference office announced on Friday. Northwestern followed in second while Ohio State came in third in the poll which was voted on by the Big Ten coaches.
Winners of the 2006 Big Ten crown, the Hoosiers own a conference-record 11 championships. Indiana has also earned NCAA Championship bids in each of the last 20 consecutive seasons, advancing to the third round last year. Head Coach Mike Freitag welcomes back eight starters from last season, including Big Ten Freshman of the Year Darren Yeagle who led his team with six goals. The Hoosiers finished 2006 with an overall record of 15-4-3, including a 4-1-1 mark in conference, and were recently ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason National poll.
Following an appearance in last year's NCAA Quarterfinals, Northwestern earned the second spot on the coaches' ballot. Head Coach Tim Lenahan welcomes back seven starters from last season's squad that finished fifth in the Big Ten regular season, including first-team All-Big Ten member David Roth. The Wildcats sit at No. 14 in the NSCAA/adidas Preseason National Rankings after going 14-8-0 (2-4-0 Big Ten) last year.
Ohio State earned the No. 3 spot from the coaches, having finished second in the Big Ten regular season and conference championship last season. Head Coach John Bluem returns seven starters from the 2006 campaign, including All-Big Ten first-team members Xavier Balc and Eric Brunner. The Buckeyes went 11-7-3 with a 3-2-1 conference record last year and are receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas poll.
Rounding out the field, Penn State was selected to finish fourth while Wisconsin earned the No. 5 spot. Michigan State was placed sixth and Michigan came in seventh. Complete results of the coaches' poll can be found below.
The 2007 Big Ten men's soccer season kicks off on Friday, August 31, with all seven conference teams scheduled to take the field.
Big Ten Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
3. Ohio State
4. Penn State
6. Michigan State