BTN’s Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan kick off the 2013 Big Ten men’s soccer season with a new “BTN Soccer Report.” Kelly and Egan preview the Big Ten season that begins Saturday, highlighted by Michigan hosting Northwestern at 7 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digitial Network. Indiana, the reigning NCAA champ, opens conference play vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.