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.
The ninth-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team sent seniors Nick Blevins, Chris Estridge, Tyler McCarroll, Tommy Meyer and Alec Purdie out in style with a 1-0 victory over Ohio State (10-6-1, 4-2 B1G) Saturday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. Watch highlights of that game now. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 1-0, Saturday, in a double overtime thriller. Dive inside for highlights.
(BigTen.org)After winning the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Northwestern earned the No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament. The tournament will be held on Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor, Mich., with opening-round matchups played on Wednesday. The tournament winner will earn the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
In this week’s installment of “BTN Soccer Report,” host Kevin Egan and analyst Aron Hyde recap the exciting Indiana-Northwestern game. They take a look at the standings and see that it’s a tight race among Ohio State and Northwestern. A handful of matches remain before the conference tournament, so a lot will be decided this week. Watch the webisode now and catch up with Kevin and Aron on twitter @BTNSoccerReport.
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 highlights from that game and updates on women’s soccer in the Big Ten Conference.