Oct. 31, 2011
Tournament Central l 2011 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament Bracket
Northwestern Quarterfinal Match Info
No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 1 Penn State
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
In-Game Twitter Updates: @NU_SportsLive
Webstream: Big Ten Digital Network
Northwestern Women’s Soccer Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After a two-year hiatus, the Big Ten women’s soccer tournament has been reinstated for the 2011 season. Northwestern, which had been next on the schedule to host the tournament when it was discontinued in 2009, will finally have the opportunity to host the tournament for the first time in school history. The Wildcats have made 10 appearances in the tournament since the program’s inception in 1994. The 2011 edition of the tournament will be staged Nov. 2-6 at Lakeside Field, with four quarterfinal matches on Wednesday, semifinals on Friday and the championship match at 3 p.m. Sunday. The winner of the eight-team tournament receives an automatic berth to the 2011 NCAA Championships.
The Big Ten Network will broadcast live from the semifinals and championship matches, while the Big Ten Digital Network will provide a live webstream from Wednesday’s quarterfinal matches.
Fans are encouraged to visit Big Ten Tournament Central at NUsports.com
throughout the week for box scores, video and everything you need to know during the 2011 Big Ten Tournament.
Tickets will be sold on site at Lakeside Field as day passes and prices are $8 per day for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students and children.
Northwestern begins postseason action Wednesday, Nov. 2 and opens the 2011 Big Ten Tournament against No. 1 seed Penn State. The Wildcats are the No. 8 seed in the tournament and will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Northwestern has played Penn State twice in the Big Ten Tournament. The ’Cats battled in a close match against PSU during head coach Stephanie Foster’s first season and her first Big Ten Tournament appearance in 2006 but fell 3-2 and in 2001 the Nittany Lions won 3-0.
Scouting Penn State
Penn State posted a 17-3-0 overall record and 10-1-0 mark in Big Ten action to win its 14th-consecutive Big Ten regular season title and earn the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Nittany Lions are undefeated since Sept. 17, posting a 10-1 Big Ten record this season. Their 14th conference title marks the most consecutive championships by a Big Ten women’s program in any sport.
Northwestern played a tough schedule during the regular season, facing seven teams that are currently ranked or receiving votes in the latest NSCAA Poll. The Wildcats opened the season against now-No. 5 Marquette and faced No. 1 Stanford on their home field earlier in the year. Four Big Ten teams are currently ranked or receiving votes, including Wisconsin (RV), who Northwestern tied 1-1 on Oct. 14.
Five seniors on this year’s roster played in the Big Ten Tournament the last time around, which was when they were freshmen in 2008. Sarah Sroka (Geneva, Ill./Geneva), Emily Langston (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) and Nicole Duller (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) started for the ’Cats in their quarterfinal game against Minnesota. Katie Doyle (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Jill Dunn (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) came off the bench in the match.
Six Northwestern players have logged at least 1,300 minutes this season. Sophomore defender Nicole Jewell (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Rd.) is the only player to have played and started all 18 games and played a team-high 1,620 minutes. She’s only a freshman but Jackie Alyinovich has the next highest total with 1,528 minutes in 18 matches and 17 starts. Bri Westlund (1,454 minutes), freshman goalie Anna Cassell (1,359), senior Jill Dunn (1,349) and sophomore Kate Allen (1,339) also went over the 1,300-minute mark this season.
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