Nov. 6, 2011
Illinois Defeats Penn State, 2-1, to Claim Big Ten Championship
No. 2 Illinois earned a 2-1 overtime win over No. 1 Penn State to claim its second Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday. Tied 1-1 in overtime, Fighting Illini sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo scored the game-winner to lead Illinois to the tournament crown. Illinois' Jackie Molinda recorded a goal in the fifth minute, while Penn State's Maya Hayes scored the lone Nittany Lion goal in the 33rd.
2011 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
Marissa Mykines, Illinois
Stephanie Panozzo, Illinois
Emily Moran, Iowa
Jill Fliestra, Michigan State
Shari Eckstrom, Minnesota
Nicole Jewell, Northwestern
Danielle Scoliere, Ohio State
Jess Rosenbluth, Penn State
Emma Thomson, Penn State
Megan Flannery, Wisconsin
Offensive Player of the Tournament - Marissa Mykines, Illinois
Defensive Player of the Tournament - Stephanie Panozzo, Illinois
Big Ten Championship Underway
The Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament Championship is underway at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., with No. 2 seed Illinois taking on No. 1 seed Penn State.
No. 1 Penn State Defeats No. 5 Minnesota, 3-1
Top-seeded Penn State moved on to the Big Ten Tournament final with a 3-1 win over fifth-ranked Minnesota. Jess Rosenbluth, Ali Schaefer and Maddy Evans scored goals for the Nittany Lions. Penn State will face Illinois in the championship games at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday.
No. 2 Illinois Edges No. 3 Michigan State, 1-0
Second-seeded Illinois advanced to the Big Ten Tournament final with a 1-0 overtime win over third-seeded Michigan State. The Fighting Illini's Marissa Mykines scored the game-winning goal in the 91st minute to put Illinois in the championship game.
Big Ten Semifinals is Underway
The Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament has begun in Evanston, Ill., with No. 3 Michigan State taking on No. 2 Illinois in the first match of the day. Game two, featuring No. 1 Penn State versus No. 5 Minnesota, is scheduled for approximately 3:45 p.m. CT. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
No. 5 Minnesota Tops No. 4 Wisconsin, 2-0
Fifth-seeded Minnesota advanced to the semifinal round with a 2-0 win over fourth-seeded Wisconsin. The Golden Gophers used a pair of first half goals from Taylor Uhl and Marissa Price to knock off the Badgers. Minnesota will face No. 1 Penn State in the semifinal round.
No. 1 Penn State Defeats No. 8 Northwestern, 3-0
Top-seeded Penn State moves on to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals with a 3-0 win over eighth-seed Northwestern. Kori Chapic scored the first Nittany Lion goal in the 19th minute before Maya Hayes tallied the second Penn State goal in the 23rd minute. Christine Nairn added the final tally in the 63rd minute. The Nittany Lions will face the winner of Wisconsin-Minnesota at approximately 3:45 p.m. CT on Friday.
No. 2 Illinois Edges No. 7 Ohio State, 4-2 on penalty kicks
Second-seeded Illinois advanced to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament after edging seventh-seeded Ohio State 4-2 on penalty kicks this afternoon at Lakeside Field. Tied 1-1 after two periods, penalty kicks were the deciding factor for the second-straight game of the tournament. First Team All-Big Ten honoree Vanessa DiBernardo tallied the Fighting Illini's lone goal of regulation, including a penalty kick in the overtime period. The Buckeyes' Paige Maxwell notched a goal for Ohio State. Illinois will take on Michigan State in the semifinal round Friday at 1:15 p.m. CT.
No. 3 Michigan State Takes Down No. 6 Iowa, 4-3 on penalty kicks
Third-seeded Michigan State took a 4-3 decision on penalty kicks over sixth-seeded Iowa on Wednesday to advance to Friday's semifinal round. Scoreless after 110 minutes, the Spartans converted four penalty shot attempts to defeat the Hawkeyes. Spartan First Team All-Big Ten honorees, Laura Heyboer and Annie Steinlage, notched scores as well as teammates Kelsey Kassab and Olivia Stander. Michigan State goalkeeper Jill Fliestra had five saves in the match, while Iowa senior Emily Moran had four saves. Michigan State will face the winner of Illinois-Ohio State at 1:15 p.m. CT on Friday.
Big Ten Tournament Underway
The Big Ten Women's Tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. CT at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., with No. 3 seed Michigan State taking on No. 6 seed Iowa.