Michigan’s women’s volleyball team wins in straight sets with the upset victory over Illinois, 3-0, in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night. Watch highlights of the Michigan and Illinois match-up now and jump inside for the Ohio State and Bowling Green men’s soccer game video coverage. In men’s soccer action, Ohio State beat Bowling Green 2-0 and improve to 5-7-1 on the year.
It’s halftime, if you will, so let’s review. It seems crazy, but we’re halfway through conference play already. So with that being said, I think it’s suitable to sit back and reflect on where each of our seven teams is at this point. See my first-half analysis for every Big Ten team in this post. INDIANA HOOSIERS At 9-2-1, and 3-0 in conference play, Todd Yeagley must be pleased with how the season has played out thus far. From a coaches standpoint, Yeagley will be more pleased that his side has yet to concede in the Big Ten. Eriq Zavaleta
No. 4 Penn State (12-2-0, 6-0-0) used three goals in a six-minute span to secure a 5-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday at Jeffrey Field. With the game tied at two, freshman Mallory Weber scored two goals in two minutes to put the Nittany Lions ahead for good. Read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch our interview with Kristin Hartmann, who announced her retirement, now, and jump inside for more of Sunday’s Olympic video coverage. Big Ten Student U talks with Penn State head coach, Erica Walsh after their 5-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday: The Buckeyes fell 2-1 against
Week 2 of Big Ten competition saw three hard-fought games that needed more than 90 minutes of play to be decided. It showed that there is not much separating each team in the conference and that many games are going to come down to one shot, one save, or one executed set piece. So, no matter the records, easy games are few and far between in the Big Ten with only two games having been decided by more than one goal so far. Having said that, through two weeks not much has changed in the overall picture of what was expected based on non-conference play.
With the Big Ten season set to kick off this weekend, it’s time to check out the upcoming match-ups and see who may be equipped to give their coach a Gatorade shower this fall. In four years of playing college soccer in the Big Ten at Northwestern and one year of observing it, you begin to notice trends as to why certain teams win the title in a given year. In my estimation, there are four key factors that usually determine the results each season: a stud goalkeeper who is ideally tall (See: Miller, Tyler), an organized and disciplined defense,
Can you believe it? Big Ten conference play is only a few days away. As we approach week one, I must say that from a distance it looks like the tectonic plates in Big Ten country sat still over the past eight months. But if you use your microscope, you’ll see that those plates are slowly gathering momentum. Michigan may be 2-4-0, but I think new head coach Chaka Daley is beginning to see his coaching mindset take shape on the pitch. Three of the Wolverines four losses have come against Top 20 teams, and Michigan lost by a single
Friday night’s Olympic sport action was kicked off with a thrilling 2-0 soccer win for the Nebraska women’s soccer team over Northwestern. It was the conference opener for each team. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from our Student U production teams. In volleyball action, Penn State made quick work of Portland, sweeping them in three sets. Read a full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Purdue volleyball also had a successful Friday night by beating UAB in straight sets. Read a full recap at PurdueSports.com. Michigan volleyball was upset by Western Kentucky in five sets. Read a full
The Big Ten men’s soccer season is right around the corner, but the teams have one last weekend of non-conference games to shape their squad and prepare for the grind that has come to characterize Big Ten soccer. This upcoming weekend, the seven schools that represent the conference have matches that may not count toward the Big Ten standings (see standings at BigTen.org), but they will be important come NCAA tournament time. While the season is young, a win against a quality opponent on the road or a crushing defeat at home could be the game to swing a team’s
Michigan used season-highs of four goals and 20 shots to overpower previously undefeated Northeastern, 4-1, on Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium. Senior Kofi Opare scored twice in the match, while junior Fabio Pereira had a goal and a pair of assists in the victory. Watch our highlights from the match and get Sunday’s Big Ten Olympic Roundup in this post.
The Big Ten announced its 2012 men’s soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Players to Watch List on Tuesday, with the conference’s last two regular-season champs tied at the top. Northwestern, fresh off its first Big Ten title, and 2012 champ Indiana were picked as the conference favorites. Northwestern compiled a 4-0-2 record in Big Ten play last season en route to the conference crown, while Indiana finished at 3-1-2 en route to advancing to its 25th consecutive NCAA tourney. In addition, the coaches each selected three players from their own teams to a Players to Watch list. View the complete