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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 8/17/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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2023 Big Ten Women's Soccer Season to Kick Off on Thursday

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The 2023 Big Ten women’s soccer season will officially kickoff on Thursday, as all 14 teams will take the pitch. In total, the conference will play 27 matches during the opening weekend.Three Big Ten teams appeared in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 poll, including No. 10 Penn State, No. 17 Michigan State and No. 18 Northwestern. Rutgers and Nebraska are also receiving votes in the season’s inaugural poll.Preseason Big Ten favorite Penn State will open its campaign with a top-10 match-up, as it welcomes No. 2 North Carolina to Jeffrey Field in University Park at 7 p.m.  The game will broadcast on BTN, the first of 19 Big Ten women’s soccer broadcasts this season on the network.Defending Big Ten champion Michigan State, who claimed the program’s first ever Big Ten title last season, will open its schedule at home against Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m.  Northwestern, who finished second in the regular season in 2022, will face an early road test, as the Wildcats head north to Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. kickoff at Marquette.Fresh off its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Rutgers and Holy Cross will match wits in Piscataway, N.J., while Nebraska will visit cross-state rival Creighton. Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff.Three other teams, Maryland, Michigan, and Iowa, will open the season on the road, as the Terps visit American (2 p.m.), the Wolverines will face No. 12 USC in Los Angeles (6 p.m.), and the Hawkeyes head south to Florida Gulf Coast (7 p.m.).Minnesota and Ohio State are also scheduled to open their seasons on home turf at 7 p.m., as the Golden Gophers will play host to Niagara, while the Buckeyes will welcome in-state rival Miami (OH) to Columbus.Four other squads will kick off home contests at 8 p.m. Purdue will look to pull an early season upset, as it hosts No. 24 Central Florida, while Wisconsin welcomes Kansas to Madison. Indiana and Illinois State will meet for the first time, with Illinois facing an intra-state battle against Loyola Chicago.Many Big Ten women’s soccer matches this weekend, and all season long, will be televised live on B1G+ (formerly BTN Plus and Big Ten Network+), with the current broadcast schedule available online at 14 conference schools will battle during the next 10 weeks to claim the 2023 Big Ten Championship and position themselves for a berth in the Big Ten Tournament. The top eight teams will advance to the conference tournament, which begins Oct. 29 with quarterfinal games on the campuses of the four highest seeds. The Big Ten Tournament culminates Nov. 2 and 5 with the semifinals and championship match at a site to be announced.The full 2023 Big Ten women's soccer composite schedule can found be found by CLICKING HERE, while this weekend's schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Aug. 17 MARYLAND at American2 p.m.ESPN+
MICHIGAN at No. 22 USC6 p.m.PAC-12 Network
IOWA at Florida Gulf Coast7 p.m.ESPN+
Niagara at MINNESOTA7 p.m.B1G+
#RV NEBRASKA at Creighton7 p.m.FLOSPORTS
Miami (OH) at OHIO STATE7 p.m.B1G+
No. 2 North Carolina at No. 10 PENN STATE7 p.m.BTN
Holy Cross at #RV RUTGERS7 p.m.B1G+
Cincinnati at No. 17 MICHIGAN STATE7:30 p.m.B1G+
Loyola Chicago at ILLINOIS8 p.m.B1G+
Illinois State at INDIANA8 p.m.B1G+
No. 18 NORTHWESTERN at Marquette8 p.m.FLOSPORTS
No. 24 Central Florida at PURDUE8 p.m.B1G+
Kansas at WISCONSIN8 p.m.B1G+
Sunday, Aug. 20#RV Virginia Tech at INDIANA12 p.m.B1G+
Buffalo at OHIO STATE12 p.m.B1G+
Iona at PURDUE12 p.m.B1G+
Bowling Green at No. 17 MICHIGAN STATE1 p.m.B1G+
West Chester at No. 10 PENN STATE1 p.m.B1G+
Kansas State at No. 18 NORTHWESTERN2 p.m.B1G+
New Hampshire at MINNESOTA2 p.m.B1G+
Illinois-Chicago at WISCONSIN2 p.m.B1G+
Baylor at #RV NEBRASKA2:05 p.m.B1G+
Kansas City at IOWA3 p.m.B1G+
MICHIGAN at Pepperdine4 p.m.ESPN+
MARYLAND at Florida6 p.m.ESPN+
Hofstra at #RV RUTGERS7 p.m.B1G+