The University of Wisconsin mens soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten Conference this season, according to the annual coaches poll released Monday by the league.
The Badgers, who lost only five letterwinners from a squad that went 6-7-6 and reached the Big Ten Tournament last season, open the season Aug. 29 against Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.
Wisconsin and the rest of the league are expected to chase Indiana for the Big Ten title, as the defending champion Hoosiers were tabbed as the favorite to win the conference crown for the sixth-consecutive season. Northwestern was selected by the coaches to finish second in the league, with Ohio State picked for third following a College Cup championship game appearance in 2007.
Each of the top three teams in the preseason poll also find themselves ranked in the it=756"> --> NSCAA/adidas Preseason National Rankings , with Indiana at No. 7, Ohio State at No. 9 and Northwestern ranked No. 20 in the preseason top 25.
Michigan was selected to finish fourth in the Big Ten this season, with Michigan State picked for fifth and the Badgers earning the sixth spot. Penn State was voted to finish seventh.
Head coach staffid=350"> --> Jeff Rohrman welcomes back nine players who started at least a dozen games last season, while also welcoming eight newcomers to his UW team for the 2008 season. The Badgers host Edgewood in an exhibition match at 7 p.m. Saturday at the McClimon Complex before heading to the Dayton Flyer Classic Aug. 29-31 for regular-season games against Wright State and Denver.
Wisconsins home opener comes on Friday, Sept. 5, when the Badgers host Santa Clara on the first day of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational.
Big Ten Mens Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
3. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
7. Penn State
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