Five B1G women's soccer teams win NCAA openers
The Big Ten sent a record eight women’s soccer teams to the NCAA tournament, and five of them advanced out of the first round. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all carded victories, while Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State’s seasons came to a close. Catch up on all the action in this post.
Illinois 0, Washington State 0 (2 OT) | RECAP
Illinois and No. 21 Washington State ended double overtime in a scoreless tie, but the Illini edged the Cougars 3-1 in penalty kicks and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Freshman goalkeeper Claire Wheatley made a career-high 11 saves in regulation and two more during the shootout, and senior Vanessa DiBernardo sent the Illini to the next round with the clinching penalty kick.
Indiana 1, DePaul 0 | RECAP
Playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, the Indiana Women’s Soccer team (15-6-1) picked up a 1-0 win against DePaul at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Saturday night. Freshman Veronica Ellis scored the game-winning goal in the 76th minute for the Hoosiers, who will take on North Carolina, the defending national champions, in the second round.
Notre Dame 4, Iowa 1 | RECAP
The University of Iowa soccer team jumped out to a 1-0 lead before No. 23 Notre Dame scored the final four goals to down the Hawkeyes, 4-1, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
Michigan 4, Milwaukee 0 | RECAP
Senior Nkem Ezurike scored twice, while senior Meghan Toohey and sophomore Corinne Harris added one goal each as the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women’s soccer team blitzed Milwaukee, 4-0, in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Saturday night (Nov. 16) at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Texas Tech 3, Minnesota 0 | RECAP
The University of Minnesota Golden Gopher soccer team finished its 2013 season with a loss to Texas Tech on the road in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The 3-0 victory for Texas Tech allowed the Red Raiders to record its 17th shutout on the season as well as add another win to its most successful season in program history.
Nebraska 4, Southeastern Louisiana 0 | RECAP
The No. 2-seeded Nebraska soccer team advanced to the Round of 32 with a historic four-goal performance from freshman Jaycie Johnson on Friday as the Huskers defeated Southeastern Louisiana 4-0 at the Nebraska Soccer Field.
Kentucky 3, Ohio State 1 | RECAP
The Ohio State women’s soccer team fell to Kentucky, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening at the UK Soccer Complex. With the loss, the Buckeyes’ season ends with a 10-7-3 record, while the Wildcats move on to the second round with a 14-6-1 mark.
Penn State 3, Monmouth 0 | RECAP
Senior Tani Costa and junior Whitney Church led the way for the No. 24 Penn State women’s soccer team on Friday night as the Lions shut out Monmouth (N.J.), 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field. Costa found the back of the net twice, earning her ninth and 10th goals of the season, and Church added another for her fourth tally of the year.