No. 18 Illinois soccer won its second Big Ten Tournament Championship in program history with a victory over No. 11 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Julie Ewing connected in the opening minutes, while sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored in overtime to secure the automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. In the 93rd minute, DiBernardo controlled a pass from junior midfielder Nicole Denenberg and placed a shot into the lower-left corner of the goal to send the Illini away from Northwestern’s Lakeside Field undefeated in their previous 11 contests. Check out the game highlights now and dive inside for an interview with Illinois coach Janet Rayfield.
Penn State will face Illinois on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET in the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship held at Northwestern. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network. Penn State topped Minnesota 3-1 in the second semi-final after Illinois beat Michigan State 1-0 earlier in the day. Go to NUsports.com for a complete look at the tournament on the tournament central page.
On Thursday night’s episode of “BTN Live,” Dave Revsine, Glen Mason, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith covered a host of topics in 60 minutes, including interviews with Penn State’s Derek Moye and Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus. One key part of the show is “ReJoice Mail” where fans can call and give their reaction to any game, their team or a player. Check it out now and join in next time by calling (319) BIGTEN-1 and maybe your message will get on air.
Illinois basketball player Crandall Head has been suspended for four games of the season for violation of team rules. Also, Iowa running back Mika’il McCall will play in Saturday’s game against Michigan after the true freshman was out with a broken ankle suffered in the season opener. Watch the Big Ten Blast now.