The Big Ten announced its 2012 men’s soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Players to Watch List on Tuesday, with the conference’s last two regular-season champs tied at the top. Northwestern, fresh off its first Big Ten title, and 2012 champ Indiana were picked as the conference favorites.
Northwestern compiled a 4-0-2 record in Big Ten play last season en route to the conference crown, while Indiana finished at 3-1-2 en route to advancing to its 25th consecutive NCAA tourney.
In addition, the coaches each selected three players from their own teams to a Players to Watch list. View the complete PDF here.
The 2012 season kicks off Friday, with five conference teams opening play.
BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
3. Michigan State
4. Ohio State
5. Penn State