IU soccer Big Ten co-favorite

Indiana and Northwestern shared the top spot in the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll. Northwestern, ranked No. 20 nationally, is the defending regular season and tournament champion, while the No. 12 Hoosiers have won 14 regular-season titles, most recently 2010, and 11 tournament titles.

The Big Ten also offered a list of preseason players to watch. Included were junior midfielder Jacob Bushue, junior midfielder Nikita Kotlov and sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta.

I attended IU’s practice this afternoon, and coach Todd Yeagley said captains for this year’s team would be announced later this week in preparation for Friday night’s season opener at St. Louis.