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The Big Ten Conference had 13 women's soccer players named to the Top Drawer Soccer midseason National Top 100, it was announced on Friday. Placements in the top 15 included Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo (No. 4) and Penn State's Maya Hayes (No. 6) and Whitney Church (No. 12).
Penn State led the way with 5 players being recognized, followed by Michigan (3), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Ohio State (1) and Wisconsin (1).
Below is a complete listing of Big Ten representatives.
4. Vanessa DiBernardo, Sr., Illinois
6. Maya Hayes, Sr., Penn State
12. Whitney Church, Jr., Penn State
16. Nkem Ezurike, Sr., Michigan
34. Danica Wu, Sr., Ohio State
44. Jannelle Flaws, Jr., Illinois
50. Mallory Weber, So., Penn State
59. Holly Hein, Sr., Michigan
66. Cloe Lacasse, Jr., Iowa
70. Taylor Schram, Sr., Penn State
73. Shelina Zadorsky, Sr., Michigan
79. Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, Jr., Penn State
94. Kinley McNicoll, So., Wisconsin
Friday, Oct. 18
PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m. ET
INDIANA at No. 12 MICHIGAN - 7 p.m. ET
IOWA at MINNESOTA - 8 p.m. ET
No. 22 NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN (rv) - 8 p.m. ET
Thursday, Oct. 17
ILLINOIS 3, NORTHWESTERN 1
No. 17 PENN STATE 4, OHIO STATE 2
Thursday, Oct. 17
OHIO STATE at No. 17 PENN STATE - 3 p.m. ET (Game will air on BTN)
ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN - 7:30 p.m. ET
Top Drawer Soccer, CollegeSoccer360.com and College Sports Madness announced a collection of women's soccer weekly honors on Tuesday. Earning recognition from the Big Ten included Illinois' Jannelle Flaws, Michigan's Tori McCombs and Keyana Thompson-Shaw and Nebraska's Jordan Jackson.
Three Big Ten players were named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week. Flaws helped her team defeat No. 20 Wisconsin by finding the net twice in Illinois' 3-2 win in Champaign, Ill., on Oct. 12. She currently leads the Big Ten and is tied for second in the NCAA with 15 goals this season. McCombs scored the lone goal in the Wolverines' 1-0 defeat of No. 11 Penn State on Oct. 13, marking the first time Michigan has defeated the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa. Jackson scored one goal and added three assists to help the Huskers shut out Purdue, 4-0, in West Lafayette, Ind., on Oct. 11.
CollegeSoccer360.com named its Primetime Players of the week, with two Big Ten student-athletes earning honors. Thompson-Shaw anchored a back line that kept Penn State scoreless in the Wolverines' shutout of the Nittany Lions. Flaws was named a Primetime Player of the Week, while also picking up College Sports Madness Big Ten Player of the Week honors. Jackson was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
In Big Ten women's soccer this week, all 12 teams will take on conference opponents. On Thursday, Illinois and Northwestern will go head-to-head, while the Ohio State-Penn State match will air on BTN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Friday, Purdue will travel to Michigan State, Michigan will entertain Indiana, Iowa will play at Minnesota and Wisconsin will host Nebraska. All 12 teams will compete on Sunday, including an Illinois-Penn State matchup that will air on BTN at 1 p.m. ET.
Six Big Ten men's and women's soccer players were selected as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Wednesday. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award recognizes student-athletes who are successful both on and off the field, excelling in community, classroom, character and competition. The Big Ten's men's soccer honorees included Indiana's A.J. Corrado, Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Northwestern's Chris Ritter. On the women's side, Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan's Holly Hein and Penn State's Maya Hayes were named 2013 Senior CLASS Award finalists.
Cope is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and collected second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2012. Corrado was a first-team All-Big Ten pick last season and also received Academic All-Big Ten plaudits. Ritter was tabbed the Big Ten Defender of the Year in 2012, while also being named first-team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten.
DiBernardo was named first-team All-Big Ten in each of the past two seasons, and was the 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Hayes has collected Big Ten Forward of the Year and received first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of the past two seasons. Hein is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and was named first-team All-Big Ten in 2012.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup Championships in December. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. To vote for a men's and women's candidate, click here.
Four Big Ten teams are ranked in the updated NSCAA/NCAA Coaches, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer top 25 women's soccer polls.
Michigan led the way in the coaches' poll at No. 12, followed by No. 17 Penn State and No. 22 Nebraska. Wisconsin also received votes in the poll. In the Soccer America poll, Michigan jumped 10 spots to No. 11, while Penn State and Nebraska landed at No. 21 and No. 22, respectively. The Top Drawer Soccer poll ranked Penn State at No. 10, followed by No. 15 Michigan.
Improving in all three polls, Michigan capped off a trio of road wins by defeating No. 11 Penn State, 1-0, in State College, Pa., on Oct. 13. Nebraska shut out Purdue, 4-0, in West Lafayette, Ind., on Oct. 11, while Wisconsin dropped a 3-2 decision versus Illinois on Oct. 12.
In this week's full slate of Big Ten women's soccer, all 12 teams will face conference opponents. On Thursday, Illinois and Northwestern will collide, while the Ohio State-Penn State match will air on BTN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
On Friday, Purdue will travel to Michigan State, Indiana will play at Michigan, Minnesota will entertain Iowa and Wisconsin will host Nebraska. All 12 teams will compete on Sunday, including an Illinois-Penn State matchup that will air on BTN at 1 p.m. ET.
Sunday, Oct. 13
No. 19 MICHIGAN 1, No. 11 PENN STATE 0
Sunday, Oct. 13
No. 19 MICHIGAN at No. 11 PENN STATE - 1 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 12
IOWA 2, INDIANA 1
OHIO STATE 3, MICHIGAN STATE 1
NORTHWESTERN 2, MINNESOTA 0
ILLINOIS 3, No. 20 WISCONSIN 2