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Aug. 23, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten announced its 2011 men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending champion Indiana earning top honors among the seven conference teams and Ohio State claiming the second position.

The Hoosiers enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 12th Big Ten title in 2010. The Buckeyes finished second to Indiana a year ago and have had a Top 2 finish in four out of the last five years. Indiana compiled a 4-1-1 record in Big Ten play last season en route to the conference crown. At No. 2, Ohio State matching its finish from a year ago. Penn State follows at No. 3, jumping up a spot from last year’s fourth-place campaign.

Michigan, after winning its first Big Ten Tournament title and advancing to last year’s NCAA College Cup semifinals, clocks in at No. 4. Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin round out the poll. The complete preseason coaches’ poll, along with the players to watch list, can be found below.

The 2011 season officially kicks off on Friday, with Michigan and Northwestern opening play. Ohio State takes to the pitch at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against American in the Penn State Classic in State College, Pa.

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

BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST

  • Chris Estridge Indiana Sr. Midfielder/Forward Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Tommy Meyer Indiana Sr. Defender St. Louis, Mo.
  • Alec Purdie Indiana Sr. Forward Elkhart, Ind.
  • Latif Alashe Michigan Jr. Midfielder Northville, Mich.
  • Adam Grinwis Michigan Fr. Goalkeeper Ada, Mich.
  • Adam Shaw Michigan Sr. Midfielder Lone Tree, Colo.
  • Rubin Bega Michigan State Sr. Forward Harper Woods, Mich.
  • Kevin Cope Michigan State Jr. Defender Canton, Mich.
  • Cyrus Saydee Michigan State Sr. Midfielder Lansing, Mich.
  • Jarrett Baughman Northwestern Jr. Defender/Midfielder Bloomington, Ind.
  • Oliver Kupe Northwestern Sr. Forward Clarkston, Mich.
  • Lepe Seetane Northwestern So. Midfielder Lesotho, Africa
  • Chris Hegngi Ohio State Jr. Forward Silver Spring, Md.
  • Matt Lampson Ohio State Jr. Goalkeeper Hilliard, Ohio
  • David Tiemstra Ohio State Sr. Defender Clarendon Hills, Ill.
  • Mackenzie Arment Penn State Sr. Midfielder Manheim, Pa.
  • Matt Smallwood Penn State Sr. Defender Cochranville, Pa.
  • Jordan Tyler Penn State So. Forward Rochester, Mich.
  • Chris Prince Wisconsin So. Forward Naperville, Ill.
  • Josh Thiermann Wisconsin Sr. Forward Stoughton, Wis.
  • Tomislav Zadro Wisconsin Jr. Midfielder Toronto, Ont.