Penn State Tabbed As Big Ten Women's Soccer Preseason Favorite
Aug. 25, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - Penn State edged out Illinois as the favorite to win the Big Ten women's soccer title as voted on by the Conference coaches and announced by the Big Ten office today.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a 2003 season that saw them reach the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship, their ninth post-season appearance in the program's history. Penn State garnered eight first-place votes, while Illinois ranked second in the poll with three top nods.
The Fighting Illini enter this year's campaign after a successful season in which they finished with a program best 16-4-2 record. Illinois defeated Michigan last year in the finals to capture its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title and appeared in its third NCAA Championship. Ohio State finished third in the voting, followed by Michigan and Purdue. The complete Big Ten preseason poll appears below.
Regular season play is scheduled to begin this weekend, with all 11 teams in action.
2004 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1. Penn State (8)