This year’s Big Ten soccer season will certainly be remembered for its parity. You know you have a well-rounded, well contested league when a No. 5 seed plays a No. 3 seed for the title.
Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern have earned berths to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, the selection committee announced on Monday. This season marks the fifth time in the last six years the Big Ten has had at least four teams earn bids to the tournament, which beings on Thursday.
No. 5 Michigan State defeated No. 3 Michigan, 2-1, in overtime Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Ill, to claim the 2012 Men’s Soccer Big Ten Tournament Championship. Seven minutes into the extra frame, Sean Conerty found the back of the net to give the Spartans the win and their third Big Ten Tournament title.
The Big Ten men’s soccer tournament continues today in Evanston, Ill., with two semifinal matchups set for this afternoon. Penn State fell to Michigan State 3-1 in the first semifinal. The second semifinal, Michigan dropped Northwestern 3-0.
The 2012 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament got underway Wednesday at Lakeside Field. No. 5 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 2 Northwestern all advanced to Friday’s semifinal action, beating No. 4 Indiana, No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Ohio State, respectively. On Friday, it’s No. 1 Penn State vs. Michigan State (1 ET) and Northwestern vs. Michigan (3:30 ET), both live on BTN/BTN2Go. Catch up on the action in this post.
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The Big Ten Men’s Soccer tournament is set to kick off today at Lakeside Field on the campus of Northwestern following a wild ride to the finish of the regular season last weekend. Penn State and Northwestern each claimed a share of the regular season crown and the Nittany Lions will come into the tournament as the No. 1 seed receiving the bye to the semi-finals due to their head-to-head victory over the Wildcats.
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Few things in sports top the reaction to a goal in soccer. From Andres Cantor’s iconic call to the players’ funny, creative and, at times, embarrassing celebrations, it’s plenty of reason to watch. Indiana’s Eriq Zavaleta came up with quite the celebration following his goal in Thursday’s double-overtime draw with Northwestern. We’re not going to spoil the surprise, so go ahead and be delighted by Zavaleta’s celebration in this video.
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