Illini soccer ties against Northwestern



By Steve Contorno

Ninety minutes of regulation weren’t enough to declare a winner between Illinois and Northwestern. Twenty extra minutes couldn’t decide one either as the two soccer squads tied 0-0 on Friday at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.

The Illini (7-4-1, 2-2-1 Big Ten) couldn’t find any offense after scoring six goals in its previous match, but a pesky Wildcats team (6-5-2, 1-3-1 Big Ten) couldn’t find any either to end the game in a scoreless stalemate.

The tie is Illinois’ first since 2005.

Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield said the difference between how a win and tie feels is “not a lot.”

“Especially when you’re getting 20 shots against a team, a tie feels real similar to a loss. Emotionally its not much different,” she said.

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Illinois out shot the Wildcats 20-9 including seven shots on net, but for 110 minutes Illinois couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.

“Teams are really scheming to keep us from the goal and tonight we didn’t get the quality of opportunity that we’ve gotten in the past,” Rayfield said. “Credit Northwestern, they dropped and made it difficult to get behind them.”

The Illini will rest up for Wisconsin on Sunday, a team that comes into Champaign with the benefit of not playing a Friday night game.