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.
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.
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Illinois and Penn State’s women’s soccer teams are still alive in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. Next up: Illini No. 4 Oklahoma State (20-1-2) on Friday at 6 p.m. ET while Penn State faces Marquette on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. For Illinois, find more at FightingIllini.com. And for Penn State, get stories and updates at GoPSUsports.com. Track the scores and updates with NCAA.com’s interactive bracket.
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.
No. 18 Illinois soccer won its second Big Ten Tournament Championship in program history with a victory over No. 11 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Julie Ewing connected in the opening minutes, while sophomore midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo scored in overtime to secure the automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. In the 93rd minute, DiBernardo controlled a pass from junior midfielder Nicole Denenberg and placed a shot into the lower-left corner of the goal to send the Illini away from Northwestern’s Lakeside Field undefeated in their previous 11 contests. Check out the game highlights now and dive inside for an interview with Illinois coach Janet Rayfield.
Penn State will face Illinois on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET in the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship held at Northwestern. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network. Penn State topped Minnesota 3-1 in the second semi-final after Illinois beat Michigan State 1-0 earlier in the day. Go to NUsports.com for a complete look at the tournament on the tournament central page.