Penn State Falls in National Title Game

Dec. 2, 2012

Park Ridge, Ill. -


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Penn State Falls to North Carolina, 4-1, in National Title Game

Top-seeded Penn State fell to North Carolina, a two seed, 4-1, in the NCAA Championship match this afternoon. The Tar Heels scored in the second minute of the game to take an early 1-0 lead, but Taylor Schram found the back of the net for the Nittany Lions off of a Christine Nairn assist in the 19th minute to knot the score at 1-1. UNC got on the board again early in the second half to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back. The Nittany Lions end their season with a 21-4-2 record.

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Penn State to Play North Carolina in National Championship Game Today

Top-seeded Penn State makes its first ever appearance in the NCAA National Championship game today at 4 p.m. ET against North Carolina at Torero Stadium on the University of San Diego campus. The contest will be aired live on ESPNU.

Penn State will be appearing in its first ever NCAA National Championship game after Christine Nairn tapped in the game-winner just 1:12 into overtime to give the Nittany Lions a 2-1 win over the Florida State Seminoles. Penn State is just the second Big Ten team to ever appear in the National Title game (Wisconsin, 1991). Leading 1-0 in regulation, thanks to a Maya Hayes goal in the 57th minute, Penn State surrendered a goal to the Seminoles with just 41 seconds remaining. With Florida State riding the momentum, the Nittany Lions abruptly ended the game in the 91st minute, when Maddy Evans hit a long pass room the right wing into the box and Nairn touched it in from six yards out. Penn State will face second-seeded North Carolina at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday in the title match. 

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Penn State Begins Semifinal Action Today

Penn State will face Florida State, both No. 1 seeds, in the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament today to battle for a spot in the National Championship game. The Nittany Lions kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET in San Diego, Calif. The winner will face either Stanford or North Carolina in the title match.   

Penn State Defeats Duke, 1-0, to Advance to Final Four

The Penn State women's soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over the Duke Blue Devils on Friday night to earn its fourth ever trip to the Women's College Cup and first appearance since 2005. Senior midfielder Christine Nairn scored the game winning goal on a penalty kick in the 13th minute. Penn State will take on Florida State next Friday in San Diego, Calif.

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Penn State Resumes NCAA Championship Action Today

Top-seeded Penn State will face third-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament at 7 p.m. ET tonight in University Park, Pa. The winner of tonight's game will move on to the semifinal round of the Championship in San Diego, Calif. on Nov. 30.   

Penn State and Michigan Tie, 1-1, No. 1 seeded Nittany Lions Advance on Shootout

Penn State, a No. 1 seed, and Michigan tied, 1-1, on Sunday night in the round of 16 of the the NCAA Championships. Michigan got on the board first when Clare Stachel scored on a penalty kick in the 16th minute to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Penn State tied the score in the 42nd minute on goal from Maddy Evans off a corner kick. After two scoreless overtimes, penalty kicks would decide who would advance. The Nittany Lions held a 3-2 advantage and move on to the tournament quarterfinals where they will face third-seeded Duke on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. ET. 

Penn State Blasts Boston College, 5-2

Penn State, a No. 1 seed, downed Boston College, 5-2, Friday evening in the second round of the tournament. Maya Hayes netted her first of two goals in the first minute for a 1-0 lead and the Nittany Lions would never look back. Mallory Weber also notched two goals for Penn State, while Christine Nairn tallied a score as well. The Nittany Lions will host Michigan Sunday at 7 p.m. ET in the round of 16. 

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Illinois Falls to No. 2 Seed UNC, 9-2

Illinois fell to a No. 2 seed North Carolina, 9-2, in the second round of the tournament Friday evening. The Fighting Illini got on the board early on a Nicole Breece goal off of a Vanessa DiBernardo assist just two minutes into the match. However, the Tar Heels responded with six unanswered goals before Illinois' Niki Read put one home in the 64th minute. The Illini end their season with a 10-9-4 record.

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Michigan Rolls Past No. 4 Seed Portland, 3-0

Michigan defeated a No. 4 seed and 24th-ranked Portland, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championship today. Nkem Ezurike had a hand in all three Wolverine scores, notching a goal and two assists in the win. Seniors Clare Stachel and Emily Jaffe also netted goals for the Maize and Blue, while goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer tallied her 11th shutout of the season. Michigan advances to the round of 16 where it will face either Penn State or Boston College on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET in University Park, Pa.

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Second Round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Underway

The second round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship began today with three Big Ten teams competing in the tournament.

Three Big Ten Teams Advance to Second Round

Three Big Ten women's soccer teams advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Championship after first-round wins this weekend. Michigan will take on Portland in State College, Pa. on Friday at 5 p.m. ET., while Penn State follows at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET in its match against Boston College. Illinois travels to Chapel Hill to take on UNC at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Wisconsin Falls to UCLA, 1-0

Wisconsin fell to UCLA, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday. The Bruins got on the board in the 15th minute, which proved to be the game-winner, as the match was scoreless the rest of the way.

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Illinois Ties Missouri, 1-1, Move on After Shootout

Illinois moves on to the second round of the NCAA Championship after besting Missouri on penalty kicks Saturday evening. The Illini struck first when Allie Osoba found the back of the net, off a Shayla Mutz assist, in the 19th minute. Missouri tied it up 18 minutes into the second half and after two scoreless overtime periods, the team that would advance depended on a shootout. The Illini move on and will face North Carolina next weekend.

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Penn State Dominates LIU-Brooklyn, 4-0

Penn State bested LIU-Brooklyn, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday. Four different players scored goals early and often for the Nittany Lions, a No. 1 seed. Christine Nairn netted the first goal in the 23rd minute, off a Mallory Weber assist. Big Ten Freshman of the Year notched the second goal in the 40th minute, also off a Mallory Weber assist. Tani Costa and Maya Hayes each tallied scores in the second half. The Nittany Lions advance to play Boston College in the second round next weekend.

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Michigan Downs Central Michigan in Overtime, 2-1

Michigan bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat Central Michigan, 2-1, in overtime Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Championship. Central Michgan took an early 1-0 lead after a goal in the third minute. Clare Stachel notched her first goal of the season with 40 seconds left in the game to tie the match and force overtime. Nkem Ezurike scored the game-winner in the extra period and Michigan advanced to the second round next weekend.

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Ohio State Ties Oakland 1-1, Ousted on Penalty Kicks

Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State was ousted from the NCAA Championship on penalty kicks on Saturday afternoon. A shootout determined who would advance in the tournament after the Buckeyes were tied, 1-1, after 110 minutes of play. Ohio State got its lone goal from Big Ten Tournament Offensive Player of the Tournament, Tiffany Cameron in the 61st minute. 

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NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Underway

The 2012 women's soccer tournament began today with five Big Ten teams taking the field in first-round action.

Five Big Ten Teams to Compete in NCAA Championship Opening Round

Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin will all compete in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship on Saturday. Big Ten Tournament Champion Ohio State hosts Oakland at 5 p.m. ET, while Michigan welcomes Central Michigan to Ann Arbor at 6 p.m. ET. No. 1 seed Penn State hosts LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. ET, while Illinois travels to Columbia to take on Missouri at 7:30 p.m. ET. Wisconsin will wrap up Big Ten first-round play when it faces UCLA in Los Angeles at 8:30 p.m. ET.