Two Big Ten Teams Advance in NCAA Tournament
Nov. 13, 2006
Second Round - Sunday, March 12
Penn State 2, Villanova 0: Senior Sarah Dwyer's first half goal propelled the No. 2 seed Penn State's women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Villanova in NCAA Second Round action. The game-winner was the third for the Lions midfielder. Penn State will meet Boston College in the third round after the Golden Eagles played to a scoreless tie with No. 3 seed Rutgers and then outlasted the Scarlet Knights on their home field in penalty kicks, 4-2, to advance.
Illinois 4, Saint Louis 1: Third-seeded and 15th-ranked Illinois pulled out to a two-goal halftime lead and got out of a tense stretch after halftime with a pair of goals as the Illini downed Saint Louis 4-1 to advance to a Sweet Sixteen match at second-seeded Florida State next weekend.
First Round - Saturday, March 11
Marquette 1, Purdue 0: Purdue's season came to an end in Milwaukee for a second straight year. Last year, it was to Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This year, it was to their neighbors at Marquette, who shut out the Boilermakers on eight shots, 1-0.
First Round - Friday, March 10
Penn State 3, Niagara 1: The No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup with a 3-1 win over Niagara. Senior defender Heather Tomko used her first score of the season as the game winning goal late in the second half.
Illinois 2, Southeastern Missouri 0: Third-seeded and 15th-ranked Illinois overcame a choppy start and withstood a first-half lightning delay of one hour, 38 minutes, to eliminate Southeast Missouri State 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Paula Faherty scored her first goal of the season in the 37th minute and Jackie Santacaterina added a tally in the second half as the Illini registered their 12th shutout of the season.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0, Michigan 0 (UWM Advances on penalty kicks, 5-3): The University of Michigan women's soccer team ended its 2006 season Friday night (Nov. 10) in a 0-0 (5-3 PKs) shootout loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, hosted at Notre Dame's Alumni Field. U-M was outshot 12-6, and senior goalkeeper Megan Tuura made four stellar saves in her final game as a Wolverine to help Michigan into overtime.