The Big Ten announced its 2012 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending regular season champion Penn State earning top honors among the 12 conference teams. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 14th straight Big Ten title in 2011. [BTN.com: BTN to air more soccer than ever before] The 2012 season officially kicks off on Friday, with 11 conference teams opening play. BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL 1. Penn State 2. Illinois 3. Ohio State 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan T-6. Iowa T-6. Michigan State
CHICAGO – BTN will televise more soccer this season than ever before, with at least 60 matches set to air on BTN, including for the first time each round of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments. Each BTN broadcast is also available on BTN2Go. The soccer season on BTN begins on Friday, Aug. 24, when defending Big Ten Champion Penn State women host 2011 National Champion Stanford, while the men begin on Sunday, Sept. 23, with seven-time national champion Indiana at Ohio State. BTN’s live coverage of men’s and women’s soccer includes three doubleheaders and one tripleheader, as
Former star Illini soccer player Emily Zurrer sends back her latest update as part of our ongoing Big Ten Olympic Journals for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In this post, she describes how she had a great vantage point for a big win for Team Canada. Here’s what Zurrer wrote Sunday night. “Not much has happened since the last time I wrote….oh wait maybe one just thing. WE’RE IN THE OLYMPIC SEMI-FINALS!!! Former Illinois soccer All-American Emily Zurrer is playing for Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. The three-time All Big Ten player chronicles her journey here for BTN.com. Read all
Former star Illini soccer player Emily Zurrer sends back her latest update as part of our ongoing Big Ten Olympic Journals for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In this post, she discusses the disappointment over her injury, but her spirits remain high. Here’s what Zurrer sent us late Thursday night. “WANTED: A new hamstring. Size M-ML. (I’ve been lifting hard). Preferably a soccer player’s, but a 100-meter sprinter will do as well… “Since I last wrote, a lot has happened here in Britain. Former Illinois soccer All-American Emily Zurrer is playing for Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. The three-time All
Emily Zurrer was a star soccer player for Illinois. After playing for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zurrer is back again with Team Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. She’s also one of a handful of Big Ten names chronicling their Olympic adventures for BTN.com. Find more journals here. Here’s what Zurrer wrote today: “This past year has been a whirlwind full of highs, plenty of lows, and everything in between. Former Illinois soccer All-American Emily Zurrer is playing for Canada in the 2012 London Olympics. The three-time All Big Ten player chronicles her journey here for BTN.com.
Northwestern followed up their regular-season title with the Big Ten Tounament title. In the latest installment of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan and analyst Aron Hyde recap the tournament and highlight Northwestern’s championship run. Soccer By Ives writer John Boschini also calls in to look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. On the women’s side, Illinois beat 2010 defending NCAA Champion Notre Dame to advance to the second round. We’ll also hear from Illini coach Janet Rayfield about the win. Watch the latest webisode now and come back next week for another soccer update. You can follow Kevin and the
Illinois and Penn State’s women’s soccer teams are still alive in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. Next up: Illini No. 4 Oklahoma State (20-1-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. ET while Penn State faces Marquette on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. For Illinois, find more at FightingIllini.com. And for Penn State, get stories and updates at GoPSUsports.com. Track the scores and updates with NCAA.com’s interactive bracket.
Illinois won its second Big Ten tourney title in program history with a 2-1 overtime victory against Penn State on Sunday. In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan and analyst Aron Hyde recap the tournament and are joined by Illinois sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, who scored the game-winning goal in the championship game. Analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin also calls in to give her take on the tournament. Illinois, along with Ohio State and Penn State, will compete in the NCAA Tournament that kicks off later this week. On Twitter? @BTNSoccerReport is and they want to hear from you.
Three Big Ten teams, headlined by Big Ten tournament champion Illinois, made the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday. Ohio State and Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State join the Illini in the field. For Penn State, this marks the program’s 17th consecutive NCAA berth. View the official NCAA bracket and read the full release from BigTen.org. lllinois (16-4-2) hosts Notre Dame at 1 p.m. ET Sunday; Ohio State (10-8-2) plays at Tennessee at 5 p.m. ET Saturday; and Penn State (19-4) hosts Army at 7 p.m. ET Friday.
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