Penn State used Ali Schaefer’s third goal of the weekend to propel the Nittany Lions to a 1-0 win over No. 22 Illinois on Sunday at Jeffrey Field. The Nittany Lions (9-3-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) used a set piece to settle the score. Christine Nairn played a corner kick to Schaefer, who headed the ball to Whitney Church on the far post. Church moved around two Illini defenders and slotted a short ball to Schaefer who put it away from 15 yards out on the far left post in the 39th minute.
After trailing in the first set, the No. 9 Minnesota recovered and went on to earn a 3-1 win over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. With the win, the Golden Gophers (8-3 overall, 1-1 Big Ten) earned their first conference victory of the 2011 campaign. Northwestern dropped to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action. Ashley Wittman, who had 20 kills and 14 digs, led Minnesota in the win. Watch now a video recap from the match below and read the full game story in this post.
The Penn State field hockey team moved to 7-3 and 1-0 in the Big Ten after snapping No. 13 Iowa’s six-game winning streak. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Conference opener, 3-0, on Sunday over Iowa. After no score in the first half, aggressive plays by Penn State led to three goals in the second half. Watch our video recap of the Penn State victory now.
The Michigan State volleyball team (12-2, 1-1 Big Ten) posted its first win of conference play with a 3-1 (15-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-18) victory over Indiana (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten) on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Bloomington, Ind. The win snapped MSU’s road losing streak against Indiana as it tallied its first win over the Hoosiers on the road since Oct. 12, 2007. Senior Kyndra Abron paced the team with 15 kills on the night. Watch as coach Cathy George talks about the win.
The 24th ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-3) earned a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18) victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night. After losing the first set, outside hitters Emily Danks and Mari Hole overwhelmed Iowa with their balanced attacks and took back the next three sets.
With Twitter aflutter and a national television audience tuned in, the No. 13 Boilermaker volleyball team swept Michigan State 3-0 Friday night, moving to 12-0 to start a season for the first time since 1985 (13-0). Purdue won the match 25-18, 25-23, 25-18, clinching their third straight conference opener, on Social Media Night at Belin Court.
The No. 9 Golden Gophers controlled the first set against the No. 3 Fighting Illini, but Illinois ended up winning the match 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10).
The University of Iowa field hockey team defeated Missouri State, 10-2, Sunday at Grant Field. The 12th-ranked Hawkeyes move to 7-1 with the victory and extend their winning streak to six games. Iowa has outscored its opponents 32-6 during its win streak. The 10 goals against Missouri State mark the most the Hawkeyes have scored in a game since defeating Saint Louis, 12-0, on Sept. 19, 2009. Watch our video recap of the Iowa victory now.
The fifth-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (5-3) earned a 3-0 (29-27, 25-8, 25-13) victory against Long Island (3-8) on Friday evening. Sophomore Deja McClendon (Louisville, Ky.) led the team with nine kills on .438 hitting, while sophomore Ariel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.) had eight kills each. Freshman Aiyana Whitney (Norwood, N.J.) rounded out the top hitters with six kills on .500 hitting.
The Michigan State volleyball team (9-1) continued its home win streak with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-18) sweep over Ball State on Friday night inside Jenison Field House. The win marked MSU’s fifth straight at home, and fourth straight in 2011. Senior Becca Zlabis and sophomore Kelsey Kuipers led MSU at the net with two solo blocks each. “The team did a real nice job tonight in making adjustments,” MSU coach Cathy George said. “When we began to struggle in the first and second sets, they rallied together to take care of business, the way a veteran team should.”
Iowa’s women’s soccer team continue their winning streak defeating Northern Iowa University, 2-0, Wednesday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. Leah DeMoss earned both scores for The Hawkeyes in the showdown.
The Penn State men’s soccer team remained unbeaten and unscored upon at home this season with a 1-0 victory over regional foe Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday evening at Jeffrey Field.
Our Student U initiative opens the door for young Big Ten broadcasters to report from their campuses and call games live for the Big Ten Digital Network. You can learn more about it here. In this video Big Ten Student U Reporter Sophia Perri introduces the new faces of the Penn State 2011 Men’s Soccer Team.
Iowa’s women’s soccer team improved to 6-0 after defeating intrastate rivals, Iowa State, Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex. The Hawkeyes earned two points for Iowa in the race for the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk trophy. The win also marked the fourth year in a row Iowa women’s soccer has topped Iowa State.