The Big Ten announced its 2013 women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with defending champion Penn State earning top honors. The Nittany Lions enter the season as the favorites after winning their 15th straight Big Ten title, the most consecutive titles by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport.
Top-seeded Penn State women’s soccer (21-3-2) fell to No. 2 seed North Carolina 4-1 on Sunday in the NCAA National Championship match. Full box score at NCAA.com. Read more about the team’ season at GoPSUsports.com.
The Penn State women’s soccer (21-3-2) team will be appearing in its first ever NCAA National Championship game after senior midfielder Christine Nairn tapped in the game-winner just 1:12 into overtime Friday to give Penn State a 2-1 win over Florida State. The Nittany Lions are just the second Big Ten team to play for the national title, the first being the 1991 Wisconsin Badgers.
Five Big Ten teams will compete in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced on Monday. Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin earned berths to the national tournament, which begins Friday. This year marks the seventh time in the last 10 years that five or more Big Ten teams have been selected to the bracket.
No. 2 seed Ohio State topped No. 5 seed Illinois, 2-1, to win the program’s third Big Ten Tournament title Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. With the victory, Ohio State (16-4-1) tied the 2004 team for the longest win streak in program history at nine.
Illinois shut out top-seeded Penn State 1-0 in Friday’s first semifinal of the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament, then Ohio State edged Michigan 2-1 in the second game on BTN/BTN2Go. Ohio State and Illinois now face off in Sunday’s championship match at noon ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Use the Tournament Central page on the host site IUHoosiers.com for more information on all of ther games.
Friday’s semifinals in the 2012 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament are set and both games will air on BTN/BTN2Go. Penn State faces Illinois at 10 a.m. ET and Ohio State plays Michigan at 12:30 p.m. ET. The winners advance to Sunday’s final at noon ET, and that will also air on BTN/BTN2Go. Track it all at the Tournament Central page at IUHoosiers.com.