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Illini soccer on the cusp of breaking through

Illini soccer on the cusp of breaking through

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

The feeling of being on the cusp of success can be a double-edged sword: You are close to achieving your goals, but at the same time you are unable to take anything for granted without wasting the hard work already put in to succeed. This is the position Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield finds...

Illinois soccer falls 4-0 to Minnesota on Senior Day

Illinois soccer falls 4-0 to Minnesota on Senior Day

By Miles Powers-Huang, Contributing writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Sometimes the final box score for a sporting event doesn’t tell the full story of the game. Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield felt the 4-0 loss in the game against Minnesota on Sunday was one of those instances. After Minnesota opened the game with an early goal, there was a long period...

Illini fall to the Badgers in a close contest

Illini fall to the Badgers in a close contest

By Miles Powers-Haung, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

As Wisconsin’s Dani Rhodes 87th-minute shot deflected off of Jaelyn Cunningham’s hands and into the back of the net, a performance that might have deserved a draw turned into a loss for the Illini, snapping their two-game winning streak. Rayfield lamented the result of the game being determined...

Illini of the Week: Jaelyn Cunningham

Illini of the Week: Jaelyn Cunningham

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Most people believe being a goalkeeper in soccer is simple: you keep the ball out of the back of the net. In reality, the skills required to be a great goalkeeper are not so straightforward. However, Illinois’ sophomore Jaelyn Cunningham is beginning to flash those traits. Cunningham, who leads...

Illinois seniors defeat Northwestern for the first time

Illinois seniors defeat Northwestern for the first time

By Miles Powers-Huang, Contributing writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

As the Illinois soccer team locked horns with Northwestern on a wet, windy Saturday night, the only concern on the minds of each team’s players was doing whatever was necessary to defeat its arch-rival. The game was a defensive stalemate, which is exactly what coach Janet Rayfield had been anticipating...

Illini of the Week: Kara Marbury

Illini of the Week: Kara Marbury

By Miles Powers-Huang, Contributing writer

October 7, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

In what has been a tough season for Illinois soccer, performances such as Kara Marbury's against Indiana could turn the tide. Sunday’s victory over Indiana saw many firsts for the Illini, but most importantly, Marbury became the first player to score two goals in a game, playing an integral part in her team’s win. Marbur...

Maday impresses, helps Illini break losing streak

Maday impresses, helps Illini break losing streak

By Miles Power-Huang, Staff writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

Although the Illinois soccer team was on a seven-game losing stint, head coach Janet Rayfield continued to preach to her team about the value of trusting the process and improving over time. The first positive result of this approach sprouted on Sunday as Kelly Maday came face to face with Indiana goalkeepe...

Illinois soccer breaks one streak, continues another

Illinois soccer breaks one streak, continues another

By Miles Powers-Huang, Contributing writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Any sports fan will tell you that trusting a rebuilding process is tough to endure, but ultimately, suffering a slew of losses so that your team can build its identity pays off in the long run.    As the Illinois soccer team suffered its sixth consecutive defeat on Sunday, this message was the center ...

Illinois soccer suffers fifth-straight defeat

Illinois soccer suffers fifth-straight defeat

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

September 24, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

As Maryland’s Kate Waters’ unstoppable 84th minute-shot struck the right post and crossed the goal line, a promising Illinois performance yielded another disappointing result. The goal gave Maryland a 1-0 lead that they would hold onto for the remaining few minutes. Illinois head coach Janet...

Illinois soccer falls on the road to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma

Illinois soccer falls on the road to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 11, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illini struggled during their weekend trip to Oklahoma, falling to No. 18 Oklahoma State 2-0 on Friday and to Oklahoma 2-1 on Sunday. On Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the team was unable to overcome a strong offensive showing from undefeated Oklahoma State. Illinois allowed two goals to slip...

Illini upperclassmen leading the way for inexperienced squad

Illini upperclassmen leading the way for inexperienced squad

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

September 7, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

A young team with natural leaders is the best way to characterize Illinois soccer at this stage of the season. Coming off a successful weekend defeating Evansville in overtime and Miami (Ohio), the team continues with their season motto: "be better than you were the day before." Head coach Janet...

Soccer continues road stretch at Evansville, Miami (Ohio)

Soccer continues road stretch at Evansville, Miami (Ohio)

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois soccer team has yet to attain the level of play they want this season, getting off to a sluggish 1-3 start and falling 2-0 at Illinois State on Sunday. Illinois is currently in the middle of a seven game away stretch and they have been focused on remedying their weaknesses ahead of contests...

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