Nov. 7, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - The 2004 Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship bracket was released today by the Conference office. Four League teams closed out their Big Ten schedules this weekend as Ohio State defeated Michigan, 2-0, Saturday to claim a share of the Conference regular season title, while Northwestern got past Wisconsin, 2-1, to earn sole possession of third place in the League standings. Michigan will serve as host for this year's Championship from November 11-14 at the U-M Soccer Field.
Defending national champion Indiana finished its regular season with a 5-1 mark in the Conference and an overall record of 14-3-1. The Hoosiers share the Big Ten regular season title with Ohio State, but were awarded the No. 1 seed and first-round bye based on head-to-head competition, as Indiana defeated the Buckeyes, 1-0, on October 24. The Hoosiers, ranked seventh in the latest NSCAA/adidas National Rankings, will open play on Friday, November 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Ohio State closed out its regular season with a 5-1 League record and enters the Championship as the No. 2 seed. The Buckeyes will face seventh-seeded Michigan in a quarterfinal game on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Wolverines finished 1-4-1 in the Big Ten despite starting their 2004 campaign 6-0.
Northwestern, riding its best season in program history, is the No. 3 seed with a 3-2-1 mark in Big Ten action. The Wildcats will take the field at 11:45 a.m. against a sixth-seeded Penn State squad that posted a 1-3-2 record in the Conference.
The opening game of the Championship will feature a matchup between No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Michigan State. Both teams finished tied for fourth in the Conference standings with six points, with the Badgers earning the higher seed after defeating the Spartans, 2-1, during the regular season. Game time is set for 9 a.m.
The 2004 Championship title game is set for Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m., and will be televised by College Sports Television (CSTV) on a tape-delayed basis. CSTV will broadcast the championship game on Monday, November 15 at 9 p.m. EST. For complete Championship coverage, visit the Conference website at www.bigten.org.