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
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. 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.
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
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. Illinois played beyond regulation for the second consecutive game in the Big Ten Tournament, needing a goal in extra time from senior midfielder Marissa Mykines in the 92nd minute, her third game-winner of the
The latest “BTN Soccer Report” previews the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament, which starts Wednesday in Evanston, Ill. Host Kevin Egan is joined in studio by analyst Aron Hyde and analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin calls in. Watch the webisode now for their predictions and tweet @BTNSoccerReport afterward about whether you agree or disagree with their selections. Beginning Wednesday, all four opening-round matchups will be streamed live on BTN.com. The semifinals on Friday and the championship game on Sunday will all be aired live on BTN. Click here for the full bracket. Also, on Tuesday the Big Ten Conference announced
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
In the latest “BTN Soccer Report,” Kevin Egan highlights Penn State winning the Big Ten regular-season title for the 14th consecutive season by talking with Nittany Lion standout Maya Hayes. BTN Soccer Analyst Kyndra de St. Aubin also calls in and gives her predictions for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins play on Nov. 2. You can catch the semifinals and finals live on BTN. Follow Kevin and the @BTNSoccerReport on Twitter, where he welcomes feedback and questions. Bookmark our Olympic Sports TV schedule, so you don’t miss any of the action. Don’t forget to visit our women’s soccer page
No. 14 Penn State women’s soccer won Big Ten title No. 14 this past weekend on Sunday in a 4-0 victory at Michigan. It’s the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport, putting Penn State one ahead of the current Northwestern women’s tennis squad. BTN’s Lisa Byington talks with Penn State women’s soccer coach Erica Walsh as the Nittany Lions are on the verge of capturing another Big Ten Title. Read more about the clinching win and the team at GoPSUsports.com.