Men's Soccer Season In Review

Dec. 19, 2016

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2016 men's soccer season that concluded with Indiana, Maryland and Michigan State all securing bids to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament.

NCAA Tournament: Three Big Ten men's soccer teams earned berths to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Indiana, Maryland and Michigan State secured bids. Maryland earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye after winning the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title. The Hoosiers garnered the seventh seed and a first-round bye. Michigan State fell in the first round, Maryland was knocked out in the second round and Indiana dropped out in the Sweet 16. For the full 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament bracket, click here.

Regular-Season Crown: Maryland claimed its second Big Ten Championship. The Terrapins posted an undefeated, 7-0-1, record during Big Ten play. For more, click here.

Big Ten Tournament Title: The No. 1 seeded Maryland men's soccer team won its third straight Big Ten Tournament Championship after defeating No. 3 Wisconsin, 2-1, in the championship match at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind. The Terrapins earned the Big Ten's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. For more coverage of the Big Ten Tournament, 
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Where We Rank: The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its final weekly rankings with Indiana, Maryland and Michigan State garnering recognition among the top 25, while Wisconsin was also receiving votes. For the complete poll, 
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End-of-Year Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2016 Men's Soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual honors, with three Big Ten teams earning accolades. Maryland’s Sasho Cirovski garnered Coach of the Year honors while the Terrapins’ Gordon Wild, Alex Crognale and Cody Niedermeier were named Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the year, respectively. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson was named Midfielder of the Year and Michigan State’s Giuseppe Barone picked up Freshman of the Year accolades. For a complete listing of postseason honors and All-Big Ten teams, 
click here. 

All-America Accolades: The 2016 NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams were announced, with four Big Ten men's soccer players earning accolades. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson and Maryland’s Alex Crognale and Gordon Wild were named to the first team, while Wisconsin’s Chris Mueller earned third-team honors. For more information on the Big Ten's representation on the All-America teams, 
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Final National Stats: Maryland's Gordon Wild appeared among the leaders in the final statistics during the 2016 season. He ranked No. 2 in total goals with 16 and third in total points with 39. For the complete national rankings, 
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Scholar All-America and All-Region: Two Big Ten soccer players were named NSCAA Scholar All-America selections, while six total students garnered Academic All-Region selections. Indiana’s Grant Lillard and Maryland’s Cody Niedermeier earned Scholar All-America status. For more, click here.