Aug. 16, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten announced its 2011 women's soccer preseason coaches' poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending co-champion Penn State earning top honors among the 12 conference teams. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 13th straight Big Ten title in 2010.
Penn State compiled an 8-2-0 record in Big Ten play last season en route to the conference crown.
Ohio State checks in at No. 2 in the poll after earning a share of its first Big Ten title and advancing to the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history in 2010. Wisconsin follows at No. 3 in the poll, matching the team's finish from a year ago. Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State round out the poll's top six, while Big Ten newcomer Nebraska debuts at No. 7. The complete preseason coaches' poll can be found below. The 36-player Big Ten Players to Watch List can be found at the link at the top of the page.
The 2011 season officially kicks off on Friday, with 11 conference teams opening play.
BIG TEN WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES' POLL1. Penn State
2. Ohio State
6. Michigan State