The Big Ten announced its 2013 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with defending champion Penn State earning top honors. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the favorites after winning their 15th straight Big Ten title, the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport.
Top-seeded Penn State women’s soccer (21-3-2) fell to No. 2 seed North Carolina 4-1 on Sunday in the NCAA National Championship match. Full box score at NCAA.com. Read more about the team’ season at GoPSUsports.com.
The Penn State women’s soccer (21-3-2) team will be appearing in its first ever NCAA National Championship game after senior midfielder Christine Nairn tapped in the game-winner just 1:12 into overtime Friday to give Penn State a 2-1 win over Florida State. The Nittany Lions are just the second Big Ten team to play for the national title, the first being the 1991 Wisconsin Badgers.
Friday’s semifinals in the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament are set and both games will air on BTN/BTN2Go. Penn State faces Illinois at 10 a.m. ET and Ohio State plays Michigan at 12:30 p.m. ET. The winners advance to Sunday’s final at noon ET, and that will also air on BTN/BTN2Go. Track it all at the Tournament Central page at IUHoosiers.com.
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.
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.