IU soccer ranked No. 15 in preseason poll

The Indiana University men’s soccer team was ranked No. 15 when the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) released its preseason poll on Tuesday.

The Hoosiers return nine starters from the 2015 squad that went 13-5-3 but was unranked at the end of the year despite earning a national seed and bowing out with a loss to No. 1 Wake Forest in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Those starters include senior midfielder Tanner Thompson and junior defender Grant Lillard, who were both named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list last week.

IU will open the 2016 season on Aug. 26 at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend. The regular-season home opener will be Sept. 2 against Cal.