First their literal last second play three weeks ago turns out to be the only thing standing between us an an undefeated season. Our win over Wisconsin this weekend has jumped us to #5 in the BCS. If Michigan hadn’t beaten us we would probably be #3 just waiting for someone to screw up a little so we could jump into the national championship game.
The Michigan had to go through a monkey wrench into our other sports too. On Friday, their women’s soccer team handed #1 Penn State their only loss of the season avenging an earlier Penn State win. The game was decided on a 4-2 shootout after two periods of overtime failed to decide a winner (that’s a hard way to suffer your only defeat). Michigan went on to win the B10 tournament crown but PSU is still the regular season champ.
Then on Saturday, the Michigan field hockey team knocked off the #1 seeded PSU women’s field hockey team 2-1 in the B10 tournament semifinals. And just like the Michigan women’s soccer team, their field hockey team went on to claim the tournament crown while we had to be satisfied with the regular season title.
At least our #3 ranked women’s volleyball team continued on a roll. They claimed two B10 wins in the last week defeating Ohio State 3-0 and Indiana 3-0. The ladies remain undefeated in Big Ten play with a huge three game lead in the standings.
The B10 champion men’s soccer team didn’t have a conference match but they did knock off #19 Hartwick 2-0 in a warmup for next weekend’s B10 tournament.
Our 3-2 all sport conference record over the last week moves us to 41-3 overall in conference play (5-3 against Michigan, 36-0 against everyone else), still an incredible performance by our fall sports teams.
The football team is off next weekend, the mens soccer team will take on the winner of the Michigan (yes them again)/Michigan State match in the B10 tournament, the women’s soccer team and women’s field hockey teams commence NCAA championship play, while the women’s volleyball team continues conference play with matches at Purdue and Illinois.