The Big Ten announced its 2012 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Tuesday, with defending regular season champion Penn State earning top honors among the 12 conference teams. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the conference favorites after winning their 14th straight Big Ten title in 2011. [BTN.com: BTN to air more soccer than ever before] The 2012 season officially kicks off on Friday, with 11 conference teams opening play. BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL 1. Penn State 2. Illinois 3. Ohio State 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan T-6. Iowa T-6. Michigan State
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
Three Big Ten teams, headlined by Big Ten tournament champion Illinois, made the 2011 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday. Ohio State and Big Ten regular-season champ Penn State join the Illini in the field. For Penn State, this marks the program’s 17th consecutive NCAA berth. View the official NCAA bracket and read the full release from BigTen.org. lllinois (16-4-2) hosts Notre Dame at 1 p.m. ET Sunday; Ohio State (10-8-2) plays at Tennessee at 5 p.m. ET Saturday; and Penn State (19-4) hosts Army at 7 p.m. ET Friday.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and field hockey teams in action. Senior keeper Jeremy Clark tallied his fourth shutout of the year and red-shirt freshman Ryan Keener headed in the game’s only goal as Michigan State (6-7-4, 2-2-2) took back the Big Bear Trophy with a 1-0 victory over rival Michigan. Watch highlights of that game now. Moving to field hockey, Penn State (13-5, 4-2) earned a 4-1 victory over Michigan State on Sunday to close out the regular season and clinch a tie for second place in the Big Ten. Take a dive inside for video
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and field hockey teams in action. Iowa battled Ohio State to a 3-0 win in field hockey on Saturday afternoon. Watch the highlights now, along with an interview with Iowa coach Tracey Griesbaum. Moving to soccer, the Illinois and Michigan State women’s teams settled the score in double overtime, with the Illini getting the 1-0 win. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference including men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey. Illinois at Michigan State women’s soccer highlights: The Michigan State men’s soccer team picked
The No. 24 Penn State women’s soccer team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with a trio of lightning-strike goals in a 3-1 victory over Ohio State on Thursday at Jeffrey Field. Taylor Schram notched the tying goal 15 seconds after halftime and Kori Chapic headed home the game-winner 1:44 later. Watch the highlights now. Read full recaps at GoPSUSports.com and OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Have you seen our new Web-only soccer show, “BTN Soccer Report“? Well, check out the latest webisode where host Kevin Egan talks to BTN soccer analyst Kyndra de St Aubin. You can also follow Kevin on Twitter: @BTNSoccerReport. For