Aug. 31, 2010
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The 2010 Big Ten men's soccer season officially begins this week, with all seven conference teams opening play. Michigan opens the 2010 slate on Wednesday, while five other teams hit the pitch on Friday, and Wisconsin begins its campaign on Saturday.
Michigan opens its season in front of its home crowd on Wednesday, hosting Detroit Mercy for a mid-week game. Friday's action kicks off with Penn State taking on Buffalo, and No. 18 Ohio State hosting College of Charleston at the Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic. No. 20 Indiana hosts the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, taking on California in the opening round.
The Wolverines continue their opening week at home, taking on No. 14 Drake on Friday. No. 24 Michigan State heads east for a top-25 showdown with No. 6 Maryland, while No. 9 Northwestern travels west to take on San Francisco. Wisconsin joins Northwestern in the Sunshine State, traveling to face Santa Clara in the UC Irvine College Classic on Saturday.
Indiana wraps up its weekend against No. 5 UCLA on Sunday, while Northwestern takes on St. Mary's, Penn State battles College of Charleston, Michigan State travels to Georgetown, and Ohio State hosts Buffalo. Wisconsin closes its West Coast tournament against No. 25 UC Irvine on Monday.
Five Big Ten teams earned berths into the 2009 NCAA Championship with Indiana and Northwestern advancing to the Round of 16. The Big Ten racked up 55 wins against teams from other conferences in 2009, as six of the seven teams finished at .500 or better in non-conference play.
Each team's season outlook can be found below.