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.
With the Big Ten season set to kick off this weekend, it’s time to check out the upcoming match-ups and see who may be equipped to give their coach a Gatorade shower this fall. In four years of playing college soccer in the Big Ten at Northwestern and one year of observing it, you begin to notice trends as to why certain teams win the title in a given year. In my estimation, there are four key factors that usually determine the results each season: a stud goalkeeper who is ideally tall (See: Miller, Tyler), an organized and disciplined defense,
Can you believe it? Big Ten conference play is only a few days away. As we approach week one, I must say that from a distance it looks like the tectonic plates in Big Ten country sat still over the past eight months. But if you use your microscope, you’ll see that those plates are slowly gathering momentum. Michigan may be 2-4-0, but I think new head coach Chaka Daley is beginning to see his coaching mindset take shape on the pitch. Three of the Wolverines four losses have come against Top 20 teams, and Michigan lost by a single
The 11th-ranked Penn State women’s soccer team ended a three-year win-less stretch against Wisconsin by knocking off the No. 13 Badgers, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field. Read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch the highlights now and dive inside to see more of our Sunday Olympic sports video. The 14th-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team defeated No. 20 Albany, 2-1, Sunday at Grant Field. Iowa improved to 2-0 at home this season and 5-2 overall. Read the full recap at HawkeyeSports.com. Big Ten Student U talks with Iowa’s Kelsey Mitchell after their 2-1 victory over Albany on
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
Tiffany Cameron’s goal 24 seconds into overtime gave the Ohio State women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over No. 13 Missouri Thursday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, Ohio State improves to 4-2-0 on the season. Watch the Student U wrap-up now and jump inside for a recap of Penn State men’s soccer action against West Virginia. Ohio State tops Missouri 1-0. Read the full recap at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Penn State and West Virginia played to a 0-0 draw.
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 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