Junior goalkeeper Luis Soffner meets with the media prior to Thursday afternoon's practice.
Aug. 11, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The 2011 season is underway for the Indiana University men's soccer team as it hit the IU Soccer Practice Field for the first time Thursday.
The day began with a 2-mile timed run, followed by an hour of small-side work. The team was back out on the field in the afternoon for the first of seven schedule two-a-day-practices leading up to next weekend's exhibition matches.
"We are really excited where the group came back," said head coach Todd Yeagley, who is entering his second season at the helm of the Hoosier program. "I don't think I have seen a group since I have been here at Indiana that has come in as fit. That piece of today was a big success.
"Overall we were pleased with what we saw. We have a long way to go but we know we have a lot of good pieces to work with."
The Hoosiers will test their skills next week at the annual ShinDigZ National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind., facing Duke on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., and Xavier on Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. The season officially begins on Aug. 27 at Notre Dame, with the Hoosiers opening the home portion of the schedule on Sept. 2 against Saint Louis in the annual adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
Hoosiers in the National Rankings Preseason honors have begun to pile up for the Hoosiers. Goal.com ranked Indiana No. 6 in its preseason poll, while the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) ranked the Hoosiers No. 17. College Soccer News slated IU at No. 15 in its top-30 preseason poll.
Indiana's 2011 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 4 in Nation College Soccer News also ranked Indiana No. 4 among its top-40 2011 recruiting classes. According to CSN, "Todd Yeagley is establishing that he can recruit with the best of them." Among the newcomers highlighted by CSN are NSCAA Youth All-Americans Eriq Zavaleta and Jack Coleman, as well as Chicago Fire Academy U-18 midfielder Patrick Doody and NSCAA High School All-American defender Lance Davis.
Meyer Ranked Among Top Senior Prospects Defender Tommy Meyer is ranked among the top-25 senior prospects for the 2012 Major League Soccer Draft in a ranking recently put together by Top Drawer Soccer. Meyer was slotted at No. 22 and was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2010. He has appeared in 59 career matches, making 57 starts.