Indiana Selected to Win 2004 Big Ten Men's Soccer Title
Aug. 30, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - For the second consecutive year, Indiana has been selected to win the 2004 Big Ten men's soccer regular season title as voted on by the League coaches and released today by the Conference office.
The Hoosiers capped off last season by defeating St. John's, 2-1, in the NCAA College Cup championship match to capture their sixth national title and first since 1999. Indiana compiled a 17-3-5 record in 2003 and was unbeaten in the final 18 matches of the season. The team will be under new leadership this year, as former assistant coach and Hoosier All-American, Mike Freitag, takes over the reigns from college soccer's all-time winningest head coach, Jerry Yeagley.
Penn State finished second in the voting after posting a 9-10-1 overall mark last year. The Nittany Lions faced Indiana in the final game of the Big Ten Championship but fell 4-1 on penalty kicks.
Michigan finished third in the poll and looks to improve on its 5-1 Conference mark from a year ago. The Wolverines are also aiming to return to the NCAA Championship for the second straight year after advancing to the quarterfinals in 2003.
Regular season play is scheduled to begin Wednesday, with three of the seven teams in action. Michigan and Michigan State open on the road, while Northwestern will host Indiana-Purdue-Ft. Wayne. Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin open their regular seasons on Friday, September 3.
2004 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
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