Aug. 21, 2006
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Indiana edged out Penn State as the favorite to win the Big Ten men's soccer title as voted on by the conference coaches and announced by the Big Ten office today.
The Hoosiers capped off last season by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Notre Dame, 2-0. Indiana compiled a 2-1-3 conference mark, a 13-3-6 overall record and is coming off its 30th all-time and 19th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers boast seven national championships, most recently in 2004.
Penn State finished second in the voting after capturing both the regular season and Big Ten Championship titles last year with an undefeated 6-0-0 conference mark and a 13-7-2 overall record. The Nittany Lions received a No 1. seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the third round, the farthest of any Big Ten team, before falling to Creighton, 3-1.
Ohio State finished third in the poll and looks to improve on its 3-2-1, second-place conference mark from a year ago. The Buckeyes are also aiming to return to the NCAA Tournament after being defeated by Santa Clara, 1-0, in first-round action.
Regular season play is scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 25, with all seven conference squads in action.
2006 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll Results
2. Penn State
3. Ohio State
5. Michigan State