Illinois wins Big Ten Tourney
The Illinois women's soccer team was crowned champions of the Big Ten Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison. The Illini defeated Michigan 2-0 to take home its first Big Ten Championship.
The match remained scoreless until junior forward Tara Hurless, the Tournament's Offensive MVP, knocked in a goal 79 minutes into the game. Three minutes later, freshman forward Jessica Bayne scored Illinois' other goal. The Illini shut out all of their opponents in the tournament, the first team to do so since Wisconsin pulled it off in 1994. This year, Illinois defeated Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan by scores of 2-0.
Wrestlers begin season at Michigan State Open
Four Badgers took places in the Michigan State Open, the team's debut in the 2003-04 season. Sophomores Tom Clum and Ed Gutnick each took fifth place after winning their respective first rounds, losing to Central Michigan wrestlers and winning their final games to take fifth place. Clum wrestled in the 125-pound weight class and Gutnick wrestled in the 133-pound class.
Wisconsin senior Adam Turner defeated Central Michigan's Nate Edwards 3-2 in the 165-pound weight class before losing to No. 2 Tim Foley of Virginia. Turner came back and won his last match to take fifth place as well.
Badgers sophomore Ryan Flaherty pinned Michigan's Steve Heleniak in 25 seconds and later defeated No. 4 Alex Carmago from Ohio State to take third place.
Women's tennis rounds up Badger Blast
The women's tennis team hosted the Badger Blast Tournament over the weekend, hosting Big Ten foes Northwestern and Iowa. Friday, the Badgers faced off against Iowa, gaining the doubles points on wins from the teams of junior Katie McGaffigan and freshman Nicole Beck, and senior Teresa Gonzaga and junior Lindsay Martin. In singles action, only McGaffigan pulled off a win, defeating Iowa's Chelsea Glynn 6-1 and 6-0.
The Badgers faced Northwestern, taking only one match of the four on Saturday. McGaffigan and sophomore Lexi Goldin took a doubles point for Wisconsin. Sunday, the Badgers took two of the three doubles matches, as senior Shana McElroy and Gonzaga and Martin and McGaffigan each defeated their opponents. In singles, Goldin and freshman Kaylan Caiati picked up wins for Wisconsin.
Team USA out-duels Canadians for Gold
It took 12 rounds of extracurricular hockey to decide, but Team USA prevailed over Team Canada in the gold-medal game at the Four Nations Cup tournament in Skovde, Sweden, Sunday.
Cammi Granato tallied the game-winner in the twelfth round of a shootout to give the U.S. a 2-1 victory. Granato also notched the game-tying goal in the second period.
After three period of regulation hockey and a five-minute overtime, the game shifted to a sudden-death shootout. Each team, though, was stymied on its first 11 attempts as U.S. netminder Pam Dryer and Canadian goaltender Charline Labonte put forth terrific efforts. On her third shootout attempt, however, Granato solved Labonte, giving the U.S. the gold medal.
Wisconsin defenseman Carla MacLeod participated in the tournament for Team Canada.
In the bronze medal game, Finland defeated host Sweden 3-2.