2015 Soccer Season In Review

Dec. 14, 2015

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2015 season that concluded with Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers all securing bids to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament.

NCAA Tournament: Four Big Ten men’s soccer teams earned berths to the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament, including Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers. Indiana earned the No. 16 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament with a 12-4-3 record, while Big Ten Tournament Champion Maryland made its 15th straight tournament appearance (33rd overall) with a No. 10 seed. Ohio State claimed the No. 9 seed in its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Big Ten Championship, and Rutgers made its first appearance since 2011.

Indiana defeated UConn in the Second Round of the tournament, and fell to Wake Forest in the Third Round. Maryland won their first two matches against Virginia and Notre Dame in the Second and Third Rounds, respectively. The Terrapins played Clemson to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in the quarterfinals, with Clemson advancing on PKs, 3-1. Ohio State defeated Dayton in PKs, 4-3, in the Second Round, and fell to Stanford in the Third Round of the tournament. Rutgers advanced to the Second Round over LIU Brooklyn on PKS, and fell to Akron in the Second Round. For the full 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament bracket, click here.

Regular-Season Crown: The Big Ten regular-season title came down to the last week of play this season. Ohio State earned the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament after clinching the outright Big Ten Championship with a 3-1 win over Michigan in the final game of the season. The title marked the fourth for the Buckeyes, and their first since 2009. For the full release, including the Big Ten Tournament bracket, click here.

Big Ten Tournament Title: The third-seeded Maryland men’s soccer team won its second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament title after defeating No. 1 Ohio State, 2-0, in the Championship Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Terrapins earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. For more information, including the All-Tournament Team, click here and here.

Where We Rank: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its final rankings with Indiana, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers garnering recognition among the top 25. For the complete Big Ten breakdown, click here.

End-of-Year Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2015 Men’s Soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, with four Big Ten teams earning accolades. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson was named Midfielder of the Year, Michigan’s Francis Atuahene was a unanimous selection for Freshman of the Year and Ohio State’s Liam Doyle and Chris Froschauer earned Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Rutgers’ Jason Wright was a unanimous selection for Offensive Player of the Year and Dan Donigan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. For a complete listing of postseason honors, All-Big Ten teams and Sportsmanship Award honorees, click here.

All-America Accolades: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the 2015 NSCAA All-America Teams for NCAA Division I men’s soccer, with three Big Ten standouts earning honors. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson and Ohio State’s Liam Doyle landed spots on the third team, while Rutgers’ Jason Wright represented the conference on the second team. For more information on the Big Ten’s representation on the All-America teams, click here.

Senior CLASS: Ohio State standout Zach Mason was selected as the 2015 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA Division I men’s soccer, becoming the second Buckeye in as many years to receive the award. Mason follows 2014 winner Alex Ivanov as the second consecutive Buckeye to win the Senior CLASS Award for men’s soccer, marking the first time since the 2001 inception of the award that students from the same university have earned back-to-back awards in the same sport. For more information about Mason and the Senior CLASS Award, click here.

Head of Class: The Big Ten Conference recognized a total of 1,023 students competing in fall sports who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 92 men’s soccer players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here