The Big Ten announced Wednesday its 2013 men’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list, with defending national champion Indiana earning top honors among the seven conference teams. The Hoosiers, who are ranked No. 1 in the NCAA preseason top 25 poll, became the first-ever No. 16 seed to win the national title last season. Reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan State checked in at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Northwestern, No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Penn State. The Wildcats and Nittany Lions shared the Big Ten title in 2012. BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’
For the first time, BTN will provide full coverage of the Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts during the 2012 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. Coverage of the quarterfinals for men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey will be streamed live for the first time on the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN). The semifinals and finals for each event will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go. The network will be in Bloomington, Ind., for the Big
Despite a spirited second half of play, the Ohio State men’s soccer team fell to second-ranked Akron, 1-0, Tuesday night in front of a season-high 2,125 fans at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and a national television audience on BTN. The Buckeyes drop to 6-9-1 on the season, while the Zips extend their winning streak to eight games and improve to 12-1-2. Read the full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Watch the highlights now.
The No. 7 Penn State field hockey team continued its hunt for the Big Ten Championship Friday afternoon, defeating No. 21 Ohio State 3-0 for the fourth conference win of the season. The Nittany Lions, now 13-3 overall with a 4-1 mark in the Big Ten, currently rest atop the Big Ten standings. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more from around the conference including more field hockey, soccer, volleyball and women’s ice hockey. The No. 8 Northwestern field hockey team moved to 6-0 at home and 15-2 on the season as they defeated No. 20 Michigan Spartans
As we enter the second half of Big Ten play, a clear hierarchy has been established in the conference. At 3-0 and 2-0 respectively, perennial national power Indiana and defending Big Ten champion Northwestern are firmly in the apex of the Big Ten soccer pyramid. Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State are battling it out in the middle class with a win apiece, while Wisconsin and Ohio State are sitting in the base winless searching for answers. The Hoosiers took care of business last weekend at home against the hapless Badgers. Now, with the Hoosiers having the weekend off of
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.
Several Big Ten teams were in action Wednesday night, including the sixth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team hosting the 24th-ranked Michigan State volleyball team. The Cornhuskers made quick work of the Spartans, sweeping them in straight sets. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for Student U coverage of the Ohio State men’s soccer team getting their fourth win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Butler Bulldogs.