Illinois Earns No. 5 Seed in Big Ten Tournament
Nov. 2, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's soccer team earned the No. 5 seed for the Big Ten Tournament, announced the conference office on Saturday. The Illini will play the No. 4 seed Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Illinois Soccer Stadium in Champaign. Illinois (10-7-2 overall) finished tied for fifth with Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings with a record of 5-5-1 (16 points) and won the tiebreaker after defeating both teams during the regular season.
Illinois, which is hosting the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2000, clinched a berth with a 3-1 victory at Minnesota in the season finale on Thursday. The Illini will make their 14th appearance in the event and boast a 15-10-4 all-time record, which ranks as the third-best mark among Big Ten teams. Illinois has reached the Big Ten Tournament final the past two years, winning its second-ever title in 2011 over Penn State. The Illini's first conference championship came in 2003 over Michigan.
Head coach Janet Rayfield, who is in her 12th season at the helm, has never missed the Big Ten Tournament and led the Illini to a berth for the 10th time. The tournament was not held during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The Illini are 11-6-4 all-time in the event under Rayfield.
Indiana placed fourth in the Big Ten with a 6-5-0 (18 points) conference record and 13-5-1 overall mark. The Illini, who were playing without three starters at the time, fell 3-2 against IU in Blommington during the regular season. The Orange and Blue are 10-4-3 all-time against the Hoosiers.
Nebraska won the Big Ten championship and garnered the No. 1 seed with a 10-1-0 (30 points) conference record. The Huskers will face No. 8 Minnesota on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The first two quarterfinal matches will feature No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 6 Wisconsin at 10:30 a.m. and No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 7 Iowa at 1:30 p.m. All four matches on Wednesday will be streamed live online via BTDN.
Friday's semifinal matches are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., while Sunday's championship match is slated for 1 p.m. The semifinal and championship matches will be aired live on the Big Ten Network and available on BTN2Go. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament will receive the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets can be purchased on game day at the ticket window outside the northwest corner of the Illinois Soccer Stadium. All-Session passes will be available for $25 for the three-day tournament, while Single Day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Schedule