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Schuler earns spot on roster as walk-on

Mackenzie Schuler kicks the ball in Peoria Notre Dames game against Normal Community. Schuler recently joined the Illinois soccer team as a walk-on.
January 18, 2021

During senior year of high school, Mackenzie Schuler was set to play soccer at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. However, after a change in heart, Schuler chose academics over athletics and...

Peyton Willie prepares for season after setbacks

Redshirt sophomore Peyton Willie poses for a headshot. Willie is looking forward to competing after a long recovery from injury.
December 22, 2020

Two years and four surgeries later, redshirt sophomore and forward Peyton Willie has been cleared to play and is gearing up for the spring season. Although she’s been out for a while, it hasn’t...

Illinois athletics receives National Letters of Intent from dozens of athletes on Signing Day

The Illinois volleyball team huddles up in a match against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019. The volleyball team was one of the many Illinois programs to have players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
November 11, 2020

The NCAA’s national signing period for high school athletes of all sports except football began on Nov. 11. Today, dozens of athletes from across the country signed their National Letter of Intent to...

Friday Night Lights: Team White scores late goal to win series

Freshman Julia Eichenbaum advances with the ball during a Friday Night Lights game on Wednesday. Team White defeated Team Blue 3-2.
November 2, 2020

On Friday, the Illinois soccer team played their second game of the three-game Friday Night Light series. Team White defeated Team Blue 3-2 after a last-minute winner from sophomore forward Summer Garrison. The...

Graduation of Maday creates competition for starting forward position

Junior Makena Silber battles for control of the ball during the game against Northwestern on Sept. 20, 2019. Illinois won the game 3-1.
October 26, 2020

Illinois soccer alum Kelly Maday graduated this May. The Wilmette native was a two-year starter up top as a forward. She finished her Illini career with 12 goals and 11 assists, and she was nominated for...

Freshmen class adapt to college, fall season without competition

The Illinois soccer team stands together in a line during the opening of the Demirjian Park on Sept. 15, 2019. The team’s usual fall season was postponed to spring 2021.
October 12, 2020

With the graduation of a couple of several key players, including defenders Alicia Barker and Lexi Carrier, goalkeeper Jaelyn Cunningham, midfielder Arianna Veland and forward Kelly Maday, Illinois soccer...

Rayfield’s rich soccer history helps Illinois succeed

Illinois head coach Janet Rayfield shouts directions at her team from the sideline during the game against Indiana at the Illinois Soccer Stadium on Oct. 14, 2018. The Illini won 1-0 in double overtime.
October 1, 2020

Illinois soccer head coach Janet Rayfield has an extensive history in soccer. She’s been head coach for almost 20 years and has been one of the most successful coaches in program history. However, even...

NCAA board approves postponement of fall championships to spring

Then seniors Ashlyn Fleming and Jacqueline Quade attempt to block the ball during the game against the Pacific Tigers on Sept. 20, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN.
September 22, 2020

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved the postponement of fall sports championships to the spring, with the exclusion of football, on Tuesday. The postponement was originally recommended by the...

Illinois alum Veland signs first professional contract

Former Illini Arianna Veland passes the ball during the game against Michigan State on Oct. 13. The Illini won the game 2-1.
September 10, 2020

Former Illinois women’s soccer midfielder Arianna Veland signed her first professional contract with German club FC Würzburger Kickers. Veland played for Illinois from 2016-2019. According to Upper...

Goalkeepers use season cancellation for growth

Junior goalie Sami Sample (0) stands with her arms around her teammates. The team continues to practice every day despite their season being delayed due to COVID-19.
September 8, 2020

Recent graduate Jaelyn Cunningham made a huge impact on the soccer team, during her four years at Illinois. Three out of her four years, she was the starting goalkeeper for the team and her outstanding...

Demirjian Park set to be finished middle to late November

A graphic renders what Demirjian Park will look like post-construction. The facility will be shared by the Illinois soccer team and the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
August 31, 2020

After a year of construction, Demirjian Park is set to finish by the middle or end of November. The Illinois soccer team would have started their 2020 season on the new field, but due to COVID-19 and the...

Illini sports continue practice following postponement of season

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams throws the ball during a drill at football practice on Aug. 7.
August 25, 2020

Huff Hall, Demirjian Park and Memorial Stadium are going to be empty this fall. The Illini won’t be competing against other Big Ten schools after the conference announced the cancellation of all fall...

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