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
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
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
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
(BigTen.org) Indiana and Northwestern have earned berths to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, the selection committee announced on Monday. The selections mark the ninth straight year that two or more conference teams have earned bids to the tournament, which begins on Thursday. Indiana enters the NCAA Championship as the No. 16 seed, earning a bye into the second round. The Hoosiers have put together a 12-3-5 record this season, and finished the regular season with the 19th-highest RPI in the nation en route to their 25th consecutive championship appearance. Indiana will face the winner of Thursday’s Liberty-Old Dominion matchup on
Northwestern used two second-half goals to complete the Big Ten sweep Sunday, defeating Penn State 2-1 in the finals of the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. After winning the Big Ten regular season title last weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Wildcats are also tournament champions for the first time. Watch our video analysis and highlights from the title tilt. Read the full recap at NUSports.com.
Northwestern advanced to the Big Ten Conference Men’s Soccer Championship by defeating Indiana 1-1 (3-2 on penalty kicks) on Friday at Michigan. Wisconsin could come back and fell 1-0 to Penn State in the second semifinal. The championship match will be played Sunday at noon ET and the game will air live on the Big Ten Network. Check out the Big Ten men’s soccer page at BigTen.org and the tournament central page at MGoBlue.com as Michigan hosts the 2011 tournament. Indiana 1, Northwestern 1 (Northwestern wins in PKs, 3-2): Top-seeded Northwestern advanced to the Big Ten championship game after defeating
(BigTen.org)After winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Northwestern earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held on Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., with opening-round matchups played on Wednesday. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Wildcats went undefeated in six conference games this season, posting a 4-0-2 mark. The title marks Northwestern’s first Big Ten Championship. Ohio State, which owned the head-to-head tiebreaker over Wisconsin, earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament
CHICAGO – BTN will once again provide coverage of five Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2011 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. BTN will televise live the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament at Penn State. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 10 AM ET with the second game to follow at approximately noon ET on Friday, Nov. 4. The championship game will air live on Sunday, Nov. 6, at
The conference’s top two men’s soccer teams, Northwestern and Wisconsin, battled on Sunday. The Wildcats were able to extend their unbeaten streak to six matches, defeating Wisconsin 1-0. In this week’s BTN Soccer Report, host Kevin Egan and analyst Aron Hyde highlight the match, and talk with Northwestern standout Nikko Boxall. You can follow Kevin and the @BTNSoccerReport on Twitter, where he welcomes feedback and questions. Visit our men’s soccer page for more highlights and recaps from around the conference. Also, bookmark our Olympic Sports TV Schedule, so you don’t miss any of the action.