Nov. 8, 2009
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MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men’s soccer team has earned the No. 5 seed for this week’s 2009 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament, setting up a quarterfinal clash with fourth-seeded Indiana on Thursday.
The Badgers (7-8-2) will face off with the Hoosiers (9-8-1), who also serve as hosts of the tournament, at 11:30 a.m. in Thursday’s second quarterfinal matchup. The Hoosiers, who denied Penn State sole possession of the conference crown with a 2-1 triumph on Friday evening, proved victorious in their first meeting against the Badgers on Sept. 25.
That match was played in front of a season-high crowd of 1,703 at the McClimon Complex, with the result ultimately giving IU the higher seed as the two teams finished the Big Ten season with identical 3-3-0 records.
This week’s tournament will be held on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., with opening-round matchups slated for Thursday, Nov. 12, semifinals contested on Friday, Nov. 13, and the championship game played on Sunday, Nov. 15. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State captured its first outright Big Ten regular-season championship after defeating Michigan, 1-0, on Saturday. With the win, the Buckeyes earn their first-ever No. 1 seed and an automatic spot in the semifinals in the tournament.
At 3-2-1 in the conference, Penn State and Northwestern finished in a tie for second place, earning No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively in the conference tournament. NU will face defending Big Ten champion and sixth-seeded Michigan State in the tournament opener at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Quarterfinal action will conclude with second-seeded Penn State taking on No. 7 seed Michigan at 2 p.m. The two teams last faced off on the opening weekend of Big Ten play with the Nittany Lions coming away with a 2-0 victory.
Top-seeded Ohio State will await the winner of the 4/5 matchup between Indiana and Wisconsin in Friday’s first semifinal at 1 p.m. The second semifinal will pit the winner of Northwestern-Michigan State and Penn State-Michigan at approximately 3:30 p.m. The tournament championship game will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.
For the third-straight season, the semifinals and final will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Tickets will be sold as day passes and are available for purchase the day of the game for $8 per day for adults and $5 for students and children.