ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced its 2016 men’s soccer preseason coaches poll and preseason honors list on Wednesday, with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine conference teams.
The Terrapins concluded the 2015 campaign with a 12-5-6 record (3-2-3 Big Ten), and claimed the Big Ten Tournament title for the second straight season. Maryland made its 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance and 21st in the past 22 seasons.
Indiana checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by third place Ohio State, No. 4 Rutgers and Michigan in fifth place.
The 2016 preseason honors list features Rutgers’ Jason Wright, last season’s unanimous Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and Indiana’s Tanner Thompson, the 2015 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year. The list includes five 2015 first-team All-Big Ten honorees, five second-team selections and six All-Freshman Team recipients.
All nine conference teams kick off the 2016 campaign on Friday, Aug. 26.
The complete preseason coaches poll and players to watch list can be found below.
BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Penn State
BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON HONORS LIST
Andrew Gutman, Indiana, So., Defender
Grant Lillard, Indiana, Jr., Defender
Tanner Thompson, Indiana, Sr., Midfielder
Alex Crognale, Maryland, Sr., Defender
Chris Odoi-Atsem, Maryland, Sr., Defender
Eryk Williamson, Maryland, So., Midfielder
Francis Atuahene, Michigan, So., Forward
Marcello Borges, Michigan, So., Midfielder
Evan Louro, Michigan, Jr., Goalkeeper
Jimmy Fiscus, Michigan State, Jr., Defender
Ken Krolicki, Michigan State, Jr., Midfielder
Ryan Sierakowski, Michigan State, So., Forward
Nathan Dearth, Northwestern, Sr., Defender
Jeff Hopson, Northwestern, Sr., Midfielder
Brandon Medina, Northwestern, Jr., Midfielder
Austin Bergstrom, Ohio State, Sr., Defender
Danny Jensen, Ohio State, Sr., Forward
Abdi Mohamed, Ohio State, So., Midfielder
Evan Finney, Penn State, Sr., Goalkeeper
Connor Maloney, Penn State, Sr., Midfielder
Robby Sagel, Penn State, Sr., Midfielder
David Greczek, Rutgers, Sr., Goalkeeper
Miles Hackett, Rutgers, Jr., Midfielder
Jason Wright, Rutgers, Jr., Forward
Sam Brotherton, Wisconsin, So., Defender
Alex Masbruch, Wisconsin, Jr., Midfielder
Chris Mueller, Wisconsin, Jr., Midfielder/Forward