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Sophomore Julia Cili kicks the soccer ball during a game against Xavier on Sept. 2. The team played against the Michigan Wolverines this weekend and had a close game losing 2-1.

Illinois fails to keep early lead against Michigan

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 17, 2021

After 106 minutes of a tough, gritty battle Illinois walked away with a tough 2-1 loss in Ann Arbor.  “I’m really proud of the way we fought,”said head coach Janet Rayfield. “Michigan had most...

Makena Silber waits for the ball during the game against Butler on Aug. 29 at Demirjian Park. The Illini open their Big Ten schedule with a road trip to Ann Arbor to take on the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines.

Illinois to begin conference slate with No. 21 Michigan

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 17, 2021

To kick off the Big Ten women’s soccer season, Illinois (4-3, 0-0) will travel up north to take on Michigan (6-1-1, 0-0) on Friday evening.  Illinois is currently riding on a lot of momentum after...

Sydney Stephens dribbles the ball and looks for teammates during the game against Xavier on Sept. 2. After transferring from Georgia, Stephens has already settled into her new home in Champaign, bagging five assists through seven games.

Georgia transfer Stephens settles quickly in Champaign

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 14, 2021

Head coach Janet Rayfield isn’t known for dipping into the transfer portal for players, but when Sydney Stephens' name appeared, the coaching staff knew they had to jump on the opportunity.  “Sydney...

Midfielder Sydney Stephens runs along side her Butler opponent in an attempt to steal the ball during their game on Aug. 29. Stephens scored the winning goal in the Illinois soccer game against Toledo.

Stephens gets game-winning goal in physical match against Toledo

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 12, 2021

A back and forth match between Illinois and Toledo ended with Sydney Stephens scoring the game winning goal to get the 1-0 win and finish off non-conference play.  “As a gritty, physical battle it...

Freshman Maeve Jones kicks the soccer ball during their game against Xavier on Sept. 2. Maeve Jones scored a goal within 15 minutes of the game.

Illinois looks to carry momentum, confidence into Toledo game

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 11, 2021

After coming off a dominant 5-1 win over Bowling Green, Illinois (3-3-0) will travel on I-75 over to Toledo (3-0-2) to finish off the nonconference slate.  The Illini are coming off a huge boost of...

Illinois sticks to game plan, dominates Bowling Green in 5-1 road win

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 9, 2021

The first game in the Ohio slate for Illinois soccer started off with a whopping 5-1 win over Bowling Green Thursday night.  “Tonight was one of our better performances in a sense that we really...

Senior Hope Breslin kicks the soccer ball during the teams game against Xavier on Sept. 2. Hope Breslin is one of three leaders on the team this year.

Illinois hopes to wipe away last three losses with victory in Ohio

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 9, 2021

Frustration.  That’s been the main theme of Illinois’ (2-3-0) last two games, as they were matches that should have been won. “You focus on improvement and focus on the journey as opposed...

Forward Lauren Stibich attempts to steal the ball from her opponent during the game against Butler Aug. 29. The Illinois soccer team fell to Xavier University Thursday night 1-2.

Illinois suffer frustrating loss against Xavier

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 2, 2021

Illinois got crushed once again for the third consecutive game against Xavier on a much cooler Thursday night. The Illini put on a great fight to get the equalizer but were unable to capitalize on their...

Illinois forward Lauren Stibich completes a throw-in during the game against Butler Sunday afternoon. The soccer team will take on unbeaten Xavier University on Thursday evening.

Illinois to take on unbeaten Xavier

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor September 2, 2021

Illinois (2-2-0) will face another Big East opponent, Xavier (4-0-0), on Thursday night in hopes of getting back on the right track, preparing for conference competition and to round off its non-conference...

Midfielder Sydney Stephens sprints to retrieve the ball from her opponent during a game against Butler Sunday afternoon. Illinois lost to the bulldogs today 3-1 at Demirjian Park.

Physical, gritty Butler overpowers Illinois

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor August 29, 2021

The sun and heat were present once again in Champaign, but this time at Demirjian Park. Illinois and Butler fought a tough match with the Bulldogs going home with a 3-1 win.  “It was disappointing,”...

Junior Ashley Cathro kicks the ball against the University of North Carolina on Aug. 26. The team has much motivation for their upcoming game against Butler on Aug. 29.

Illinois looks to bounce back against Butler

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sport Editor August 29, 2021

Demirjian Park’s opening week is not quite done yet, as Illinois (2-1-0) is set to take on Butler (1-1-0) on Sunday afternoon.  “We’re better Sunday than we were today,” said head coach Janet...

Senior Makena Silber looks towards the ball during the game against North Carolin on Thursday night. The Illinois soccer team fell to North Carolina 5-1 despite having a strong start.

Illinois fall to North Carolina 5-1 despite strong start

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor August 27, 2021

Thursday night at the opening of Demirjian Park was electric as the sounds of chants, bucket banging and vuvuzelas were going off. Although Illinois sparked early, it wasn’t enough to beat North Carolina.  “We’ve...

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