Women's Soccer Picked Second; Men Picked Third in Big Ten Coaches' Polls
Aug. 12, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team was picked to finish second by the coaches in this year's Big Ten Conference race while the Spartan men's team was pegged to finish third in the league. Michigan State was the only school to have both its men's and women's teams picked to finish in the top three of the conference.
The Spartan women's team is coming off highly successful 2008 season that saw the Green and White record its most wins and score its most goals since 1991. The Spartans also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. MSU returns 10 of its 11 starters from last year's squad, including the conference's leading scorer and All-America selection Laura Heyboer.
With first-year head coach Damon Rensing at the helm, the men's soccer team heads into the 2009 campaign as defending champions after claiming both the Big Ten regular season and tournament crowns last season. The Spartans are ranked No. 20 nationally in the NSCAA/adidas pre-season coaches' poll.
The women's team will hold an exhibition match against UW-Milwaukee at noon on Sunday (Aug. 16) at DeMartin Stadium before opening up the regular season on Aug. 26 vs. Oakland at home.
The men's team opens the season at home vs. Duquesne on Sept. 4.
Big Ten Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Penn State
Big Ten Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
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