Nov. 4, 2012
Big Ten Tournament Central
No. 2 Ohio State Defeats No. 5 Illinois, 2-1, to Claim Third Big Ten Championship
Second-seeded Ohio State narrowly defeated fifth-seeded and reigning Big Ten Tournament Champion Illinois, 2-1, on Sunday to claim the Big Ten Tournament title. The crown marks the third in Buckeye history and first since 2004. Ohio State's Tiffany Cameron, the Offensive Player of the Tournament, netted both of the goals for the Buckeyes. The first score came in the 65th minute off of a Megan Scoliere corner kick and Lauren Granberg header, while the second tally came four minutes later off of a through ball from Michela Paradiso.
Ohio State Release
2012 All-Tournament Team
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
Shayla Mutz, Illinois
Jade Grimm, Iowa
Nkem Ezurike, Michigan
Taylor Uhl, Minnesota
Martiza Hayes, Nebraska
Tiffany Cameron, Ohio State
Lauren Granberg, Ohio State
Jillian McVicker, Ohio State
Emily Hurd, Penn State
Brianna Stelzer, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Tournament - Tiffany Cameron, Ohio State
Defensive Player of the Tournament - Jillian McVicker, Ohio State
No. 2 Ohio State Edges No. 3 Michigan, 2-1
Second-seeded Ohio State will face No. 5 Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game after edging third-seeded Michigan, 2-1, Friday afternoon. Ohio State took the early 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Ashley Gruenbaum in the third minute. The Buckeyes added to their lead in the 12th minute as Megan Fuller's corner glanced off the head of a Michigan defender into the net for an own goal and 2-0 Ohio State advantage. Michigan got on the board when Nkem Ezurike scored in the 66th minute but the Buckeyes were able to hold on for the win. Ohio State will face Illinois at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday in the championship match.
Ohio State Release
No. 5 Illinois Bests No. 1 Penn State, 1-0
Fifth-seeded Illinois advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game for the second-consecutive year after defeating regular-season Big Ten Champion and No. 1 seed, Penn State, 1-0, on Friday morning. The Illini's lone goal came from Nicole Breece in the 40th minute and the Illini defense, led by goalkeeper Steph Panozzo's seven saves, shut down Penn State for the rest of the day. Illinois will face either No. 2 Ohio State or No. 3 Michigan at Noon ET on Sunday in the championship match.
Big Ten Semifinals is Underway
The women's soccer Big Ten Tournament has begun in Bloomington, Ind. with No. 1 Penn State taking on No. 5 Illinois in the first match of the day. Game two, featuring No. 2 Ohio State versus No. 3 Michigan, is scheduled for approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
No. 3 Michigan Tops No. 6 Wisconsin, 2-0
Third-seeded Michigan took down sixth-seeded Wisconsin, 2-0, on Wednesday night to advance to Friday's semifinal match-up with No. 2 Ohio State at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Wolverines were led by Holly Hein and Nkem Ezurike who each scored second-half goals, and Big Ten Defender of the Year Haley Kopmeyer who made four saves for her 10th shutout of the season.
No. 2 Ohio State Edges No. 7 Nebraska, 1-0
Second-seeded Ohio State advanced to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament after edging seventh-seeded Nebraska, 1-0, at Jerry Yeagley Field on Wednesday. After a few first-half chances, Ohio State's Ellyn Gruber headed home a corner from Megan Fuller with 45 seconds remaining in the frame. The score proved to be the game-winner as the Buckeye's advance to the semifinal round and will face either No. 3 Michigan or No. 6 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday.
Ohio State Release
No. 1 Penn State Defeats No. 8 Iowa, 2-0
Top-seeded Penn State moves on to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 2-0 win over eighth-seeded Iowa. Nittany Lion goalkeeper Erin McNulty was the story of the game, making a number of incredible saves, including a career-high 14, as Penn State was out shot 33-15. At the 18 minute mark, Nittany Lion sophomore Emily Hurd found the back of the net thanks to a beautiful setup by Big Ten Forward of the Year Maya Hayes. Penn State's second goal came in the 61st minute on a head ball from Maddy Evans off Big Ten Freshman of the Year Raquel Rodriguez's corner kick. The Nittany Lions will face No. 5 Illinois on Friday at 10 a.m. ET in a rematch of last year's tournament title game.
Penn State Release
No. 5 Illinois Takes Down No. 4 Minnesota, 3-2 on penalty kicks
Fifth-seeded Illinois took a 3-2 decision on penalty kicks over fourth-seeded Minnesota on Wednesday to advance to Friday's semifinal round. The Fighting Illini stormed back from a two-goal first-half deficit to defeat the Golden Gophers in a shootout. Taylor Uhl led the charge for Minnesota, posting two goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Illinois' Aliina Weykamp responded soon after to cut the Golden Gopher lead to one going into halftime. Halfway through the second period Vanessa DiBernardo snuck a pass behind Minnesota's defense to Niki Read who launched a shot into the net to tie the score. Both teams continued to battle for the win but neither were able to connect for the game-winner, sending the match into overtime. After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, the winner was decided by penalty kicks. Illinois will face the winner of Penn State-Iowa at 10 a.m. ET on Friday.
Big Ten Tournament Underway
The Big Ten Women's Tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. ET at Jerry Yeagley Field in Bloomington, Ind., with No. 4 seed Minnesota taking on No. 5 seed Illinois.