Illinois soccer’s Flaws returns for a sixth season


Illinois’ Janelle Flaws (3) looks for a pass during the game against Michigan at Illinois Track and Soccer stadium on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Flaws was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Monday.

Redshirt senior forward Jannelle Flaws was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the Illinois soccer team for a sixth year, it was announced Monday.

She missed the entirety of the 2010 and 2012 seasons due to ACL injuries.

Flaws won Big Ten Forward of the Year the past two seasons, making her the only Illini ever to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Her 23 goals in the 2013 season led the NCAA and set an Illinois record for most goals in a season.

If Flaws remains healthy next season, the odds are in her favor to score the most goals in team history. She’s currently tied for third on the list at 43 goals with former Illini Vanessa DiBernardo. Tara Hurless is first on the list with 47.

This season Flaws was named a third-team NSCAA All-American and tied an Illinois record set by Emily Brown in 2000 for most consecutive goal-scoring games with five. Flaws scored 10 goals during those five games, the most goals scored by an Illini in a five-game span in school history. She scored 17 goals overall in 2014.

Illinois competes against Louisville Saturday in a preseason scrimmage in Louisville, Kentucky.

Flaws was the 2014 female recipient of the Dike Eddleman award as Illinois’ top female athlete.

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