2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament Central

Nov. 13, 2009

Big Ten Tournament Central

Ohio State Captures Big Ten Tournament Title and NCAA Automatic Bid

The No. 25-ranked and top-seeded Buckeyes captured the 2009 Big Ten Tournament title with a 1-0 win over Penn State Sunday afternoon on Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. David Tiemstra scored the game-winning goal with 43 seconds remaining in regulation to give Ohio State its second tourney title in three years and its third overall, as well as the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes are now 12-4-4 on the season, while Penn State drops to 12-7-2.

Ohio State earned a first-round bye after winning the Big Ten Championship and opened play in the Big Ten Tournament with a 4-2 win over No. 4 Indiana in the semifinals. Penn State collected two wins en route to the tournament final, emerging from the quarterfinals with a hard-fought 1-0 double overtime victory over No. 7 Michigan. In the semifinals, the Spartans blanked No. 6 Michigan State, 3-0 to advance in the bracket.

Penn State’s Corety Hertzog was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament by virtue of his three goals in the Nittany Lions’ semifinal win. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s Doug Verhoff was tabbed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Tournament after earning Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year laurels three days earlier.

All seven conference teams willl learn their NCAA Tournament fate when the selection show unveils the tournmanet bracket on ESPNews at 5:30 p.m. Monday. With its automatic qualifying status, Ohio State earns its seventh berth in the national tournament, all coming under head choach John Bluem's reign.

All-Tournament Team:
Andy Adlard, IND
Will Bruin, IND
Julian Robles, MICH
Tim Granaderos, MSU
Rubin Bega, MSU
Pat Coleman, NU
David Tiemstra, OSU
Doug Verhoff, OSU
Corey Hertzog, PSU
Warren Gross, PSU
Eric Conklin, WIS

Offensive Player of the Tournament: Corey Hertzog, PSU
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Doug Verhoff, OSU

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Top Two Seeds Set to Clash Today in Tournament Final

The Big Ten Tournament final is set as No. 1 Ohio State will face No. 2 Penn State for the Big Ten Tournament Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. The tournament final will be broadcast live by the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. ET.

This will be the second meeting between the two teams in the conference tournament finale and the first since 2000 when the Buckeyes edged the Nittany Lions in overtime, 3-2, in front of a home crowd in Columbus, Ohio. In the team’s previous meeting this season on Oct. 18, Ohio State walked away victorious in a narrow 2-1 decision.


Penn State Blanks Michigan State to Advance to Tournament Final

Penn State stymied defending champion Michigan State, 3-0, to advance to the final game of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday evening. Penn State will take on Ohio State on Sunday in the finale, slated for 2 p.m. ET. The championship game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.

Nittany Lion sophomore Corey Hertzog was the game's only scorer, as he led the charge with three goals. Penn State moves to 12-6-2 on the season, while Michigan State drops to 11-7-2.

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Ohio State Downs Hoosiers, 4-2

The Ohio State Buckeyes advanced to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament with a 4-2 victory over Indiana. The Buckeyes relied on the strength of junior Konrad Warzycha, who added a goal and an assist in the contest. With the win, OSU moves to 11-4-4 on the season while Indiana falls to 10-9-1.

The top-seeded Buckeyes will now advance to play the winner of the Michigan State-Penn State matchup in the Championship game, scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Big Ten Champion Opens Against Indiana

Day Two of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament begins today at 2 p.m. ET with Indiana taking on the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes in front of a home crowd at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are making their fifth-straight semifinal appearance in the event as the Scarlet and Gray look to defend their first-ever No. 1 billing in the postseason tournament. The matchup will mark the second meeting between the two teams in Bloomington, Ind., this season, with the last contest resulting in a  1-0 (OT) win in favor of the Buckeyes on Nov. 1. Friday’s semifinal should be another grueling showdown as Indiana’s last five matches with Ohio State have all gone to overtime.

On Thursday, No. 4 Indiana eliminated No. 5 Wisconsin on the strength of a 2-0 victory to improve its conference-leading Big Ten tournament record to 26-5-4. 

Second-seed Penn State and No. 4 Michigan State also survived opening-round competition and will square off in the second semifinal at 4:30 pm. ET. The Spartans knocked off No. 3 Northwestern, 1-0, in the tournament opener while the Nittany Lions ousted No. 7 Michigan to advance in the bracket.

Both semifinals matchups will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

Penn State Ousts Michigan in Double Overtime Win

The second-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions will continue its run for the Big Ten Tournament crown after surviving Thursday’s opening round with a dramatic 1-0 double overtime win over Michigan.

Sophomore Patrick Krispin fired the game-winning goal from 20 yards out by virtue of a corner kick with 4:21 left in the second extra period. With the win, PSU improves to 11-6-2 on the year, while Michigan falls to 10-7-1.

The Nittany Lions are set to face reigning conference champion Michigan State in Friday's second semifinal matchup, slated for 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Indiana Advances to Semifinals with Win over Wisconsin

Indiana advances to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament after defeating Wisconsin in first round action, 2-0. Will Bruin and Darren Yeagle netted second-half goals for the Hoosiers, moving IU to 10-8-1 on the season, while Wisconsin drops to 7-9-2.

The Cream and Crimson advance to Friday’s first semifinal contest, where they will meet the top-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes at 2 p.m. ET.

In Thursday’s final matchup, No. 2 Penn State will face No. 7 Michigan at 3 p.m. ET.

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Michigan State Defeats Northwestern in Tournament Opener

Michigan State downed Northwestern, 1-0, to advance to second-round action at the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans will face the winner of No. 2 Penn State and No. 7 Michigan in Friday’s second semifinal matchup at 4:30 p.m. ET.

MSU picked up a goal in the 52nd minute when senior Tim Granaderos fired a shot to the lower left corner of the net to break the scoreless tie.  The Spartans also relied on solid play in goal from Avery Steinlage, who posted three saves to secure the win. MSU moves to 11-6-2 on the year, while Northwestern falls to 10-4-4.

Up next, Tournament host and fourth-seeded Indiana will square off against No. 5 Wisconsin, with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Big Ten Tournament Action Underway

The Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament begins at 10 a.m. ET with No. 3 Northwestern facing defending conference champion and No. 6 Michigan State. Live scoring throughout the tournament can be found at iuhoosiers.cstv.com, along with postgame box scores and interviews.

The contest marks the second meeting between the two teams in as many weeks with the last matchup resulting in a 1-0 decision in favor of the Wildcats last Saturday.