The Indiana men’s soccer program kicked off preparation for its 50th varsity season Wednesday morning with its first training session of the fall.
The preseason started by naming a new captain, as head coach Todd Yeagley gave the armband to redshirt senior defender Daniel Munie Tuesday evening.
Last season, Munie was an All-American, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and ranked No. 13 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Postseason Top 100 list. He led the IU defense to 13 clean sheets, including a period of seven straight in October – the second-longest single-season streak in program history.
Yeagley met with members of the local media following the training session to discuss the return to the field.
“It’s like Christmas morning,” Yeagley said. “I say it every year. You’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting, all this anticipation, and it’s just fun to be out with them again officially. And they did a really good job. It was a good first day.”
The Hoosiers were ranked No. 13 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll and will quickly get to prove themselves. Each of IU’s first five matches come against opponents who played in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
The season kicks off with an Aug. 26 road matchup against the reigning National Champion, No. 1 Clemson. Then, Indiana welcomes Portland (Aug. 30), No. 4 Notre Dame (Sep. 3), St. John’s (Sep. 6) and Akron (Sep. 9) to Bill Armstrong Stadium for four straight non-conference home matches.
IU will then play Butler in Indianapolis on September 14 before traveling to Ohio State to kick off Big Ten Conference play September 18.
Due to field maintenance on Jerry Yeagley Field, IU’s August 12 exhibition versus DePaul will be played on the practice field adjacent to Bill Armstrong Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m. ET. Fans are welcome to attend but must watch from behind the fenced perimeter.
The 2022 season will be the 50th varsity season for Indiana men’s soccer and a celebration of the program’s Tradition of Excellence.
IU men’s soccer is an eight-time NCAA Champion, 17-time Big Ten regular season champion, 15-time Big Ten Tournament Champion and has made 46 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an active streak of 35 consecutive berths.
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(story via IU release)
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