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Oct. 28, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After capping off it fifth ever unbeaten Big Ten season, the fourth-ranked Penn State women's soccer team (16-2-1, 10-0-1) will open the Big Ten Tournament with the Iowa Hawkeyes, as the conference office released the bracket late Saturday night. Penn State will take on Iowa at 1:30 on Wednesday in Bloomington.
The Nittany Lions are undefeated since Sept. 8, posting a 10-0-1 Big Ten record this season. Penn State's conference title marks the most consecutive championships by a Big Ten women's program in any sport.
Ohio State earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament, ending the season with a 5-0 victory over Indiana on Friday to finish with an 8-2-1 conference record. The Buckeyes will face No. 7 Nebraska at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday in the tournament's third game.
Michigan garnered the No. 3 seed in the tournament after earning a 7-2-2 record in conference play. The Wolverines will face No. 6 Wisconsin at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will face No. 5 seed Illinois in the tournament's opening game at 10:30 a.m. ET. The two teams previously faced off on Oct. 12, with the Golden Gophers defeating the Fighting Illini, 3-0.
The Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament semifinals will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 2, while the championship game will start at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 4. For the first time, BTN will provide full coverage of the tournament, as the quarterfinals will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network, while the semifinals and finals will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go.