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Illinois Soccer Loses to Penn State, ties Ohio State

Illinois Soccer Loses to Penn State, ties Ohio State

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

October 22, 2019

The Illinois soccer team lost 2-1 Thursday to Penn State (10-6-1) at University Park, Pennsylvania. Illinois (8-7-0) defeated Ohio State Sunday. The Nittany Lions ended the Illini’s season last year, defeating Illinois 1-0 in the 2018 Big Ten playoffs in Indianapolis. Historically, Penn State has been a ...

Illini face fifth consecutive loss against Wolverines

Illini face fifth consecutive loss against Wolverines

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

The Illinois soccer team lost to Michigan, 4-1, Friday at Demirjian Park. The loss is the Illini’s fifth consecutive. Illinois (7-6-0) last played Michigan (10-3-1) in 2017, with the Illini leaving Ann Arbor with a 3-0 loss. In Champaign, the game was very different. The first half was relatively ...

Illinois goalkeeper’s unusual path to the net

Illinois goalkeeper’s unusual path to the net

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

October 15, 2019

Illinois junior goalie Elizabeth Cablk has always been a goalkeeper. She started playing soccer at a young age, and by the age of 10, she stood out among her peers in the goal. But Cablk’s earliest memory of her sport involves her being far, far away from the net. “My first soccer memory is actuall...

Illini hope to overcome losing streak

Illini hope to overcome losing streak

By Gabby Vazquez, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

This weekend, the Illinois soccer team will host Michigan and Michigan State University at Demirjian Park Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Illini return home after four consecutive Big Ten losses. Illinois' last win was on its home turf against Northwestern on Sept. 20, when the Illini edged the ...

Illinois see fourth consecutive loss against Maryland

Illinois see fourth consecutive loss against Maryland

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

The Illinois soccer team continued its Big Ten campaign Sunday, losing to Maryland 6-2. The Illini have lost their last four games after starting the season 7-1 and garnering a No. 10 ranking in the NCAA RPI. Illinois has struggled in Big Ten so far, and Sunday’s game was Illinois’ worst defeat ...

Illinois falls to Iowa, Nebraska

Illinois falls to Iowa, Nebraska

By Claire O’Brien, Staff writer

October 2, 2019

Illinois soccer is returning to Demirjian Park Thursday to play Indiana. The Illini completed their first Big Ten road trip of the season this weekend, losing to Iowa and Nebraska and will take their second Big Ten road trip to Maryland on Sunday. Head coach Janet Rayfield said while the team is f...

Illini fall to Big Ten competitors

Illini fall to Big Ten competitors

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

After opening Big Ten play with a win over Northwestern, Illinois traveled out west to take on Iowa and Nebraska. The Illini lost both contests, 3-1, and 1-0, respectively. Being on the road is nothing new for the Illini, who have played a majority of their games in locales away from Champaign-Urbana th...

Illini hope to add to 7-1 record in matchups against Hawkeyes, Cornhuskers

Illini hope to add to 7-1 record in matchups against Hawkeyes, Cornhuskers

By Gabby Vazquez, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

The Illini soccer team will face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday. The Illini are currently sitting pretty at a 7-1 overall record and are looking to make that 9-1 after this weekend. The Hawkeyes are currently at a 9-1-0 record with a 1-1-0 Big Ten reco...

Breslin exemplifies leadership on, off field

Breslin exemplifies leadership on, off field

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

Illinois junior midfielder Hope Breslin is currently tied-for-first in goals this season. But off the field, Breslin is passionate about the special needs community, speaks American Sign Language and was a member of Best Buddies in high school. She enjoys working with kids and helping them with language, ...

Rayfield opens Big Ten season with win, earns 200th career victory

Rayfield opens Big Ten season with win, earns 200th career victory

By Claire O'Brien and Meghan Rest

September 23, 2019

The Illinois soccer team defeated Northwestern 3-1 Friday in the Big Ten season opener at Demirjian Park. The match marked the 24th time both programs have met and head coach Janet Rayfield’s 200th career win at the helm of the program. Since beginning her coaching career with the Illini in 2002, ...

Illinois beats Butler 2-1

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 22, 2019

The Illinois soccer team defeated Butler, 2-1, Thursday in Indianapolis. Illinois improved their all-time record against the Bulldogs to 3-0-0, but Thursday’s game was the first time the Illini played Butler away from Champaign. The game started with an Illinois goal at 17:56 by senior forward Kelly ...

Silber reflects on soccer roots

Silber reflects on soccer roots

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. Some kids sign up for recreational leagues, while some dream of becoming the next Alex Morgan. For Illinois sophomore forward Makena Silber, becoming the next Alex Morgan was a dream she had from the start of her playing career. She began playing ...

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