(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.
CHICAGO – BTN will once again provide coverage of five Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2011 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 conference’s top two men’s soccer teams, Northwestern and Wisconsin, battled on Sunday. The Wildcats were able to extend their unbeaten streak to six matches, defeating Wisconsin 1-0. In this week’s BTN Soccer Report, host Kevin Egan and analyst Aron Hyde highlight the match, and talk with Northwestern standout Nikko Boxall. You can follow Kevin and the @BTNSoccerReport on Twitter, where he welcomes feedback and questions.