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Hoosiers ranked as consensus top-10 team after opening weekend

After a 2-0 start to the season IU is regarded as one of the top teams in the nation

IU freshman Victor Bezerra (left, screaming) celebrates with junior AJ Palazzolo (right, smiling serenely) after scoring a goal against UCLA.
Auston Matricardi

With a weekend of soccer in the books, national outlets and organizations have officially released their first polls that actually consider games that have been played. As is to be expected, the Hoosiers are ranked rather highly in each of them.

IU began the season with a No. 2 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches poll, which can be at least partially attributed to the success of last season’s team. The Hoosiers remain in that position in the poll this week, trailing just the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. IU received a trio of first-place votes.

Top Drawer Soccer’s newest rankings have the Hoosiers sitting at No. 4 in the country, behind some of the other big names in the game like Maryland, Wake Forest and Stanford. This represents a jump of one spot up the rankings for IU, which sits just in front of No. 5 Kentucky and No. 6 Michigan State.

The Hoosiers also jumped up a couple of spots in the new College Soccer News rankings as well. Previously sitting at No. 9, they’re now No. 7 in the country after their win over Pitt, though the CSN poll did not consider IU’s matchup with UCLA because of the weather delay that pushed it back to Monday morning and the outlet’s cut-off for the week was on Sunday night. This poll sees Kentucky, Saint Mary’s and Duke jumping ahead of the Hoosiers alongside the same three from the TSD poll.

Overall there isn’t a whole lot to judge teams off of yet, which is why the three polls aren’t exactly aligned now. The Hoosiers are a consensus top-10 team, but there are other teams that have a much wider variance. Upcoming IU opponent Denver is a good example of this as while TSD ranks the Pioneers 14th nationally they’re only included in the United Soccer Coaches poll as a team that received votes. College Soccer News has the Pioneers ranked 24th.

The Hoosiers and Pioneers will play on Friday in South Bend as a part of the Mike Berticelli Tournament hosted by Notre Dame.