Ohio State soccer player Kayla Varner got engaged to boyfriend and MLB star Bryce Harper last week. Varner, a Las Vegas native just like Harper, spent her first two seasons at BYU before playing in Columbus last fall. A forward and midfielder, Varner tallied two goals and five assists in 15 starts. [ MORE: washingtonpost.com: Bryce Harper confirms engagement ] Congratulations to the couple. See a small gallery from their engagement shoot below. h/t: thebiglead.com #Nats stud Bryce Harper is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner: http://t.co/V0ZzDdrFNs pic.twitter.com/iixBOkyk1y #MLB — Kari Van Horn (@KariVanHorn) May 31, 2014
One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic. Barbara Rose has been working to change that for the girls on the west and south side of Chicago. For these girls, there is little opportunity to avoid the violence of their streets without direct intervention. Rose, a Purdue graduate, volunteering to help others has been part of her life since she was in high school.
In 2004, a nine-year-old girl named Tory accompanied her mother, Shiela, to the hospital while she received treatment for breast cancer. Tory wrote notes of encouragement and drew pictures for her mother that made an enormous impact on Shiela’s daily battle with the disease. This little girl became the inspiration behind Gems of Hope, a non-profit organization in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, started by Shiela and two friends that works to bring joy to cancer patients in the area through art. Sadly, Shiela lost her battle with cancer in 2008. But Gems of Hope continues in her memory, distributing more than
The Michigan women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA regional finals with a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday. The Wolverines will play Virginia at 7 p.m. ET Friday. Meanwhile, Illinois, the other Big Ten team to make it to Round 3, fell 4-1 to Boston College, the same team that ousted Nebraska. [ MORE: View the official NCAA.com interactive bracket ] Michigan 1, Notre Dame 0 The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan women’s soccer team is headed back to the Elite Eight for the second time in the 20-year history of the program, as senior Meghan Toohey converted
The Illinois and Michigan women’s soccer teams advanced to theNCAA regional semifinals with wins over Portland and Illinois State, respectively. The Illini rallied to drop Portland in overtime, while Michigan rolled to an easy 3-0 victory. Indiana, Nebraska and Penn State all were eliminated. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA.com interactive bracket ] Illinois 4, Portland 3 (OT) Illinois (11-8-3) earned its fourth trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory over No. 7 Portland (17-3-1) on Saturday. The Illini battled back from a 2-0 halftime
The Big Ten sent a record eight women’s soccer teams to the NCAA tournament, and five of them advanced out of the first round. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State all carded victories, while Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State’s seasons came to a close. Catch up on all the action in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA.com interactive bracket ] Illinois 0, Washington State 0 (2 OT) | RECAP Illinois and No. 21 Washington State ended double overtime in a scoreless tie, but the Illini edged the Cougars 3-1 in penalty kicks and advanced to the second
A conference record eight Big Ten women’s soccer teams will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced on Monday. Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State all earned berths to the national tournament, which begins on Friday. The previous record of six Big Ten teams occurred in 1998, 2002 and 2010. The first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship will be played on Friday and Saturday. The second and third rounds of the tournament are scheduled for Nov. 22 and Nov. 24, while the quarterfinals will be played Nov.
Nebraska got an early penalty kick goal from Jaycie Johnson, and it was all it needed to tally a 1-0 victory over Iowa on Sunday in the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament finals. With the shutout, the Huskers earned the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Watch Johnson’s goal: Relive the 2013 tournament: Wednesday, November 6 Time Teams Coverage 1:30 p.m. #3 Penn State 2, #6 Wisconsin 0 Box Score 1:30 p.m. #7 Iowa 1, #2 Michigan 0 Box Score 4:30 p.m. #1 Nebraska 4, #8 Minnesota 1 Box Score 4:30 p.m. #4 Indiana 5, #5 Illinois
Nebraska and Iowa both advanced to Sunday’s championship game of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament after winning their semifinal games on Friday afternoon at host site Illinois. No. 7 seed Iowa shut out No. 3 seed Penn State 1-0 before top-seed Nebraska dropped No. 4 seed Indiana 3-1. Sunday’s championship airs live on BTN/BTN2Go at 2 p.m. ET. Find more information at the tournament central page at host site FightingIllini.com. Wednesday, Nov. 6 Time Teams Coverage 2:30 p.m. #3 Penn State 2, #6 Wisconsin 0 Box Score 2:30 p.m. #7 Iowa 1, #2 Michigan 0 Box Score 5:30 p.m.
This season, BTN.com editors will scoop up scoring plays for Big Ten soccer games for an ongoing feature called B1G goals. You can watch our latest installment in the the clip in this post, and then we invite you to bookmark the B1G Shots channel. You can find the full BTN TV schedule for women’s soccer below. 2013 Women’s Soccer (all times ET) | Find schedule for all Big Ten Digital Network web-streaming events Thursday September 19, 2013 3:00pm Michigan State @ Nebraska Lincoln, NE BTN Sunday September 22, 2013 1:00pm Michigan @ Iowa Iowa City, IA BTN Thursday September