Women's Soccer Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll
Aug. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team has been ranked fourth in the Big Ten in a preseason poll of conference coaches, the Big Ten office announced today. The Hoosiers finished the 2007 season in fourth place with a 5-4-1 record in conference play before advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
"We have solidified this program to be a top four team in the Big Ten and I'm glad the rest of the Conference recognizes this achievement," head coach Mick Lyon said. "However, championships are won on the pitch and not on paper, so this ranking changes nothing for the team. They are hungry to be number one and are getting ready to prove it on the pitch."
Penn State earned the top ranking in the preseason poll, followed by Illinois and Purdue. After the Hoosiers, Ohio State was ranked fifth, Minnesota sixth and Michigan and Michigan State tied for seventh. Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa round out the poll.
Nationally, the Hoosiers have received votes in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Top 25 poll. IU sits just four points out of the Top 25 after finishing the 2007 season ranked 20th with a record of 13-7-3.
Indiana opens its regular season on Friday night when they head east to take on Dayton. GameTracker will be available for the contest, which is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET at Baujan Field.
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