The Big Ten women’s soccer tournament begins tomorrow at Penn State. And for Michigan, both the expectations and stakes are high.

Angela Cesere
Senior co-captains Judy Coffman and Katelin Spencer look to lead their team to a strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament and an NCAA Tournament berth. (STEVEN TAI/Daily)

An NCAA Tournament berth hangs in the balance.

The Wolverines will face fourth-seeded Indiana in first-round action, needing to advance in the bracket to secure a spot in the postseason.

“We have to win the conference tournament, or, at the very least, go all the way to the conference finals in order to be considered for the NCAA Tournament,” Michigan coach Debbie Rademacher said.

Prior to a loss on Friday against Michigan State, Michigan (4-3-3 Big Ten, 8-6-5 overall) was playing its best soccer of the season. The frustrating loss to an in-state rival ended an impressive six-game unbeaten streak. Although it didn’t affect Michigan’s tournament seed, the loss to a weaker opponent could prove costly to its r

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