BR-11 Indiana soccer lost last year's leading scorer Femi Hollinger-Janzen (8 goals, 5 assists) this offseason, but Tanner Thompson (3 goals, 9 assists), Grant Lillard (4 goals, 5 assists) and Phil Fives (3 goals, 1 assist) are all back with the Hoosiers, ready to make a run. Senior keeper Colin Webb is also back after a stellar 10-shutout season in which he allowed just 16 goals in 1,990 minutes between the posts.
Thompson and Lillard are both on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. Add in a high school player of the year that has national team experience in AJ Palazzolo and Indiana is a team to keep an eye on in the Big Ten.
Courtesy of Indiana Athletics
Head Coach: Todd Yeagley
2015 Finish: 13-5-3 (Lost to Wake Forest in NCAA 2nd Round, 1-0)
Key Returners: Tanner Thompson (F), Grant Lillard (MF), Phil Fives (D), Colin Webb (GK).
Games to Watch: Sept. 4 vs. Stanford; Sept. 9 vs. Maryland
Key Newcomer: AJ Palazzolo – The 2015 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year who played for the U-17 U.S. Men's National Team.
What Else? Indiana has a tough road ahead as 14 of the 17 teams that the Hoosiers face were ranked in the Top 100 last season with three finishing in the Top 30. The toughest stretch of games will come in early September when Indiana takes on Stanford, Maryland and Michigan in back-to-back-to-back contests.