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.
Many eyes will be on Michigan State’s game at Iowa, arguably the biggest tilt this weekend in what will be a matchup that goes a long way toward determining who wins the Legends Division. And what type of scene will unfold at Penn State, where Nebraska is playing? Following lower in this post is a look at what the other Big Ten teams need to do to enjoy success this Saturday. Note: Indiana is off.
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Lots of tough decisions this week, with four conference battles and one non-conference game. Without a doubt, the races in each division will become more defined after this weekend. Who will prevail in key matchups between Michigan State-Iowa and Nebraska-Penn State?
Our season previews roll along in reverse order of expected finish. We’ve covered Penn State and Iowa. Up next: the Northwestern Wildcats.
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In the latest installment of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan and analyst Aron Hyde recap the final weekend of Big Ten play, in which Northwestern clinched the Big Ten regular-season title with a 1-0 win over Michigan. With the win, Northwestern secured the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Big Ten Tournament. Kevin also talks with Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan to recap the season and look ahead to the tournament.
The Iowa running has surged to the top of my Big Ten player rankings. The star sophomore has rattled off four straight 100-yard, two-touchdown rushing games (121, 2 vs. Northwestern; 138, 2 vs. Indiana; 252, 2 vs. Minnesota; 132, 2 vs. Michigan). He literally carried Iowa to victory on Saturday over Michigan, pushing him to a Big Ten-leading 1,101 yards rushing (122.3 ypg). The 230-pound Marcus Coker just may carry the Hawkeyes all the way to the Legends Division title. See Tom’s full top 25 list in this post.
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Lots of interesting storylines and angles to watch in Week 11, as the divisional chases firm up—at least a little. Two games will go a long way toward determining who wins each division: Michigan State at Iowa is a big Legends clash, while Nebraska at Penn State is a major Leaders encounter. But there also are other intriguing matchups this Saturday.