Indiana soccer picked to repeat

The Indiana men’s soccer team was picked to repeat as Big Ten champion. The release from IU Sports Info.

Hoosiers Picked to Repeat as Big Ten Champions

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a poll of Big Ten head coaches, the Indiana men’s soccer team was picked to defend its conference title, the Big Ten announced Tuesday.

It is the eighth time in the last nine years that the Hoosiers have been tabbed as the preseason favorite. In 2010, Indiana finished at the top of the Big Ten regular season table for the 14th time, posting a 4-1-1 mark. The Hoosiers advanced to the round of 16 in last year’s NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Akron, 2-1.

Ohio State finished second in the polling, followed by Penn State, 2010 Big Ten Tournament champion Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers open their six-match Big Ten slate at home on Sept. 23 vs. Penn State.

In addition to the preseason poll, the Big Ten also put out a “Players to Watch List”, with the Hoosiers represented by senior midfielder/defender Chris Estridge, senior defender Tommy Meyer and senior forward Alec Purdie.

The 2011 season begins this Saturday as the Hoosiers travel to in-state rival Notre Dame. Indiana, ranked No. 17 in the NSCAA preseason poll, is 26-6-2 all-time against the Fighting Irish, who come into the season with a preseason ranking of No. 12. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

1. Indiana
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. Michigan
5. Michigan State
6. Northwestern
7. Wisconsin

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