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Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State have each earned top-25 consideration in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA women's soccer rankings, as announced on Tuesday. After earning a share of their first Big Ten championship and advancing to the NCAA College Cup last season, the Buckeyes lead the way for the conference contingent, standing at No. 8 in the country entering the 2011 campaign.
Ohio State returns seven starters from its 2010 club, which rounded out last season with a 17-5-2 overall record and an 8-2-0 mark in conference matches.
The Golden Gophers check in at No. 22, while the Fighting Illini hold No. 24 in the first poll of 2011. Minnesota concluded the 2010 season at 14-6-3 overall, advancing to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championship. Illinois put together a 13-5-1 overall record en route to an appearance in the national tournament.
After taking a share of the Big Ten title last season, Penn State is receiving votes in the poll.
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Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the final NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll of the 2010 season. After advancing to its first NCAA College Cup, Ohio State (17-5-2) closes the season ranked No. 4. Minnesota (14-6-3) also earns top-25 status after advancing to the NCAA round of 16, checking in at No. 21 in the final poll. Illinois (13-5-1), Wisconsin (11-4-5) and Penn State (11-9-1) are each receiving votes.
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Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield has been named the 2010 NSCAA/Mondo Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year, as announced on Wednesday. Rayfield guided the Illini to a 13-5-1 overall record and a 6-3-1 mark in Big Ten play en route to the team's seventh NCAA Championship appearance in the past eight seasons. Illinois closed out the regular season ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. Two of Rayfield's players earned All-Region honors, while newcomer Vanessa DiBernardo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
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Sixteen Big Ten women's soccer players earned NSCAA/Performance Subaru NCAA Division I All-Great Lakes Region status, as announced earlier this week. Six players received first-team honors while five appeared on the second team and five took home third-team laurels.
Among the first-team All-Great Lakes Region honorees were Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer, Minnesota defender Kylie Kallman, Ohio State defender Cassie Dickerson and forward Paige Maxwell and Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn.
The second team included Illinois forward Jordan Hilbrands, Michigan State goalkeeper Jill Flietstra, Minnesota forward Katie Bethke, Ohio State midfielder Tiffany Cameron and Wisconsin midfielder Alev Kelter.
Rounding out the Big Ten's contingent of All-Region selections were Michigan forward Nkem Ezurike, Michigan State midfielder Cara Freeman, Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill, Penn State forward Danielle Toney and Purdue defender Liz Secue, who each earned third-team honors.
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Third-seeded Ohio State fell to No. 4 Notre Dame, 1-0, in the NCAA College Cup semifinals on Friday afternoon. The Fighting Irish scored the lone goal of the match in the 83rd minute, holding the Buckeyes scoreless to earn the win. The teams went back and forth in the first half, resulting in a 7-4 Notre Dame edge in shots. The Fighting Irish out-shot the Buckeyes, 15-2, in the second half, connecting on a shot from just inside the 18-yard box by Mandy Laddish with just over seven minutes remaining to take the lead for good. Buckeye goalkeeper Katie Baumgardner made 10 saves in the loss. Ohio State closes the 2010 season with a 17-5-2 overall record.
Four Big Ten women's soccer players were named NSCAA/Performance Subaru Division I All-Americans as announced on Friday.
Leading the contingent of conference honorees was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Ohio State defender Cassie Dickerson, who earned first-team honors. Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn checked in on the second team, while Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Paige Maxwell earned third-team status. Michigan State forward Laura Heyboer became an All-American for the third-straight season, taking fourth-team laurels.
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Ohio State's Cassie Dickerson and Penn State's Christine Nairn have been selected as semifinalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, given to the nation's top player. Dickerson and Nairn are among 15 semifinalists for the award.
The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Dickerson is one of only two defenders in the group of semifinalists. The senior has led the Ohio State's defensive efforts en route to a share of the Big Ten title and an NCAA Championship run that has the Buckeyes among four teams remaining in Friday's College Cup. Dickerson and the Buckeyes have allowed 14 goals in 23 matches and have posted 12 shutouts in 2010.
Nairn earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after recording 20 points on seven goals and six assists, helping Penn State earn a share of its 13th consecutive Big Ten title and a berth to the NCAA Championship. She also tallied three game-winning goals in 2010.
NCAA Division I head coaches will vote on the 15 semifinalists, narrowing the field down to three finalists on Dec. 10. The 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy winner will be announced on Jan. 7.