Maryland Selected as Preseason Favorite in Big Ten Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll
Rosemont, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014 men's soccer preseason coaches' poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine teams heading into its first year in the conference.
The Terrapins reached the national championship game last season. Maryland concluded the 2013 campaign with a 17-4-5 record, and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 19 times since 1994.
Michigan State checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Michigan at No. 3, defending Big Ten champion Penn State at No. 4 and Indiana, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champions, at No. 5.
The 2014 players to watch list features Michigan's Tyler Arnone, last season's Midfielder of the Year and Penn State's Andrew Wolverton, the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year. The list also includes four 2013 first-team All-Big Ten honorees, five second-team selections and one All-Freshman Team honoree. The complete preseason coaches' poll and players to watch list can be found below.
All nine conference teams kick off the 2014 men's soccer season on Friday, Aug. 29.